The process to make coconut milk from dried, shredded coconut is actually pretty close to making it with fresh coconuts without the hassle of cracking open a coconut. Here you can find both ways.
In a Vitamix, combine the shredded coconut and boiled water.
Pour mixture through a sieve or nut milk bag to separate liquid from coconut pieces.
Store coconut milk in the refrigerator to use as needed.
Either drill holes in the eyes of the coconut or use a knife to poke a hole in the eyes of the coconut. Drain the coconut water and set aside.
Once the coconut is open, scoop out the coconut meat and set aside. Repeat for all coconuts.
Rinse the coconut meat to remove all the brown outer pieces. In a blender, combine the coconut meat and coconut water. The coconut water volume can vary, so add boiled, filtered water to the blender as needed. I find a ratio of about 1 cup of coconut meat to 2 cups of coconut water or filtered water works best.
Blend coconut meat and water for about 2-3 minutes. Pour mixture through a sieve or nut milk bag to separate liquid from coconut pieces. Store coconut milk in the refrigerator to use as needed.
Keep the coconut pulp and follow this recipe to make Homemade Coconut Flour.