Five Easy Ways to Open a Coconut

Five Easy Ways to Open a Coconut

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There are a few tricks about how to open a coconut that makes getting to the juicy parts a breeze. Why are some of the tastiest foods the most difficult to eat? Think about it.

Delicious food like lobsters, clams, and especially coconuts make it nearly impossible to enjoy because of the work necessary to get to the meat. But once you finally get there, it’s worth it.

Simple Hacks on How to Open a Coconut

Unless you are stranded on a deserted island, you probably have a few tools laying around right now that will help you get into that coconut in no time.

So, let’s get cracking. Here are five easy ways to open a coconut using common items around your house.

1. How to Open a Coconut with a Corkscrew

How to open a coconut using a beautiful corksrcrew
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There are two goals of opening a coconut. Either you’re trying to get the coconut water, or you’re after the meat inside.

If you’re just after the water, you can easily get that out by using a power drill bit. If you don’t have a power drill, a corkscrew wine bottle opener will also do the trick. But before you start trying to drill holes in your coconut, you need to find the right spot.

Look over your coconut for three eyes – they’ll look like the three holes on a bowling bowl. After you locate the eyes, use your drill and make a hole in one of the eyes. Turn your coconut over and pour out the liquid into a glass. You may need to drill a hole into a second eye to drain all of the water.

2. How to Open a Coconut with a Hammer

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After you’ve drained your coconut, you can easily get to the meat inside the shell.

Grab a kitchen mallet or hammer from your toolbox and while holding the coconut in one hand, give it a few whacks. You might need to hit the coconut a few times for an initial crack to appear. Once you see the crack, rotate the coconut in your hand and hit it again. Repeat this process until the crack spreads across the shell.

At this point, you should be able to peel the shell into two pieces with your hands. Place the coconut on a hard surface with the shell out and hit again to loosen up the meat. You will then be able to peel it out with your fingers or using a normal butter knife.

3. How to Open a Coconut with a Knife

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If you don’t have a hammer, there are a few other ways to crack open your coconut shell.

One of the easiest and quickest ways is by using a large chef’s knife. Simply hold your coconut over a bowl (you’ll need this to collect the water) and use the blunt side of your knife – so the blade will be facing up – and strike the coconut a few times. If done correctly, the coconut will crack, and you’ll be able to peel the shell into two pieces with your hands.

Repeat the process with the coconut halves until you get smaller pieces. From there, just peel out the meat with your hands or use a paring or butter knife.

4. How to Open a Coconut by Baking

How to open a coconut through baking with an oven
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If you have a little more time on your hands, you can bake your coconut to open it. After draining the water, simply put the coconut on a baking sheet and put it in the oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. If the outer shell hasn’t cracked yet, continue to bake until a crack appears.

Take it out of the oven and put it aside until it’s cool enough to handle. Then wrap it in a kitchen towel and either hit in against a hard surface or use a hammer to hit the coconut and pry it open.

5. How to Open a Coconut with a Rock

Ok, so maybe you might get stranded on a deserted island. Or just want to impress friends at a party.

Find a sharp rock or hard, pointed surface and strike the coconut in the center several times. Rotate as the crack appears and strike it again until you can pull it apart with your hands.

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