I love coconut, I use coconut everything, but I have yet to try fresh coconut. I’ve been curious about coconut water for a long time and I’ve read that it tastes great. But how the heck do you get the damned thing open? I had to learn how to open a coconut cuz I just whacked the crap out of it.
Needless to say, I got the darn thing open after whacking it with a hammer. I even got an “easy crack coconut”. Easy crack my ass; it was definitely not interested in opening. After I got it open, I could not for the life of me, figure out how to get the flesh out. I scratched and scraped and finally dunked everything in a bowl of water to sit while I turned to all mighty Google for answers.
I guess I wasn’t the only one having issues because I came across a ton of helpful articles and how-to videos that make it look so easy! Here’s the best video I could find on how to open the stubborn coconut. This method looks like a heck of a lot of work...I opted for the hammer method.
Here’s a video that makes it look so easy to extract the flesh…not so easy but I finally got it all out!
I used a mature coconut with really thick meat and a very hard shell. I think I’ll try and find Thai young green coconut next time. This looks much easier and the coconut water won’t be a mess after I bust it open!
Now…what should I do with all this beautiful fresh coconut? I’ve already been nibbling and I’ve had to chase dear boyfriend away with the hammer dripping coconut water.
I remember sitting in my garage as a kid going to town on the coconut's with a hammer apparently my mom thought that slave labor was the best way to open them. However, there definately wasn't any water from the coconut that was preserved... Now I use the young green coconut's or just buy the water.