Coconut Candy (kwakumeti) and Orange juice concentrate

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Coconut Candy (kwakumeti)

There are other snacks or desserts referred to as coconut candy but the sweet chewy coconut candy here is the one made in northern Nigeria and called [kuakumeti]. Though some work goes to grating the fresh coconut meat into tiny pieces, the snack itself is easy to make.

Ingredients
• 1 head fresh coconut with the juice
• 200g icing sugar (powdered sugar)
• Water

Method of preparation:
Break the coconut, making sure to collect the coconut juice from it.
Remove the meat from the shells and grate into small pieces. Make sure to grate along the meat of the coconut rather than across it. This is so that you’ll have long thin coconut pieces rather than a mass of grated coconut.

Directions
Pour the coconut juice into the pot.
Add the icing sugar (powdered sugar). Stir.
Add the tiny coconut pieces and stir.
Add water to the same level as the coconut pieces.
Cover the pot and set to boil at high heat.
Once the contents start boiling, stir continuously till all the water is just about evaporated.
Reduce to low heat and continue stirring.
At a time, you will notice that the contents have started sticking together. That is the sugar caramelising.
Keep stirring till the coconut pieces start turning slightly brown.
Turn off the heat and scoop the very hot coconut candy onto a flat plate and leave to cool down.
Once cold, you can serve as dessert or eat it as a snack.
The coconut candy should be sticky when cold. It should not be dry.
You can store it in the freezer for up to a month.
This is supposed to be a very sweet snack that is why all that sugar is used in the preparation but feel free to reduce the quantity of sugar.

Orange juice concentrate

Orange juice concentrate is often frozen and later made into orange juice by adding water to the mixture. The juice must have the water removed to become a concentrate. The procedure for removing the water is a simple one, though time consuming.

Instructions
Pour the orange juice into a plastic, thin-necked jug. Allow extra room for the juice to expand. Place the jug in the freezer and allow it to freeze completely. The amount of time it takes to freeze will vary depending on the amount of juice.

Remove the jug and put it upside down over the wide-necked container. Allow the juice to melt and drip into the second container. The water crystals melt slower than the juice, so the initial drips are concentrated orange juice.

Discard the plain ice when the drops are no longer orange. This is not a necessary part of the juice.

Repeating the freeze-and-drip process twice will result in a fine concentrate with minimal water content. Freeze and store the concentrate when it is finished until ready to use.

Allow the ice to melt naturally. Adding heat will result in ice melting faster and more water in the end result.

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