Usually, if a recipe calls for coconut, we
simply go to the pantry,
and pull out a bag of shredded coconut.
Pretty easy, right?
But, do you know how to crack open a fresh one?
In case you don't, let me show you a few tricks that will
make it really easy!
The first thing we want to do is drain the coconut water that's in it.
To do that, we place a kitchen towel underneath a heavy cutting board,
and then another towel that goes on top.
This way the coconut won't slip around.
Now using a Phillip's head screwdriver,
we puncture what are known as the "eyes."
We do this one at a time, until all 3 are done.
We may need the help of a hammer
depending on how strong we feel.
Once we've made the holes,
we simply empty the water into a bowl.
Later on, we can use this in soups and sauces, even drinks.
Now the fastest way to open it,
is to hold the coconut firmly with one hand, and whack
the coconut firmly with a hammer.
*laughs* Making sure that we don't hit our hand.
We do this several times, sorta rotating it
until it cracks open.
Now remove the meat by simply using a spoon to pry it apart.
Another option is to place a coconut on a baking sheet,
after removing the water and bake it for 15 minutes
at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
After it cracks in the oven, we let it cool for a bit
before taping it to separate the meat from the shell.
And to remove any of the brown skin before shredding or grating it,
we simply use a vegetable peeler, or we can simply eat it as is.
And let me tell ya, "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!®"