Shredded coconut lasts about six months in the pantry after it has been opened. It can last up to eight months in the refrigerator and one year in the freezer if it has been opened. Unopened shredded coconut lasts up to one year in the pantry, refrigerator or freezer.
Shredded coconut does well when stored at room temperature in the pantry with other baking ingredients. While an opened package of shredded coconut can be stored in the pantry, it stays freshest when stored in the refrigerator after opening. Shredded coconut pairs well with chocolate, custard, apricots, oranges, pineapples and shellfish. It is also delicious when used on different baked goods.