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How to Crack Open a Coconut using 2 Simple Home Tools

Fresh coconut can be a really delicious treat or used to make your own coconut milk. Buying it whole is much cheaper than buying it from the shops pre-cut and ready to eat. Recently I popped into Food Lovers and they had a special, 2 for R25 which is a bargain if you ask me!

If you are buying fresh coconuts in South Africa you will probably find them still slightly covered in their hairy coir fibres. Tear off the fibres to reveal the coconut shell underneath and chuck the coir fibres into your compost heap.

To crack open a coconut you need two very simple household tools. A hammer and a nail… Yip, that is right! Most homes have these two items so it is pretty straightforward.

If you want to save the milk as well, you will also need a tea strainer and glass.

Here are step by step instructions to open a coconut.

Step 1: Tear off coir fibres.

Step 2: Find the 3 holes at the top of the coconut.

Step 3: Place the nail over the hole and gently hammer it through. Do this to all three holes.

Step 4: Tip the coconut over a large glass and empty its contents.

Step 5: Once the coconut has been emptied, hold the coconut firmly and safely away from your body and hit firmly in the middle. Rotate it and continue to hit it with a hammer until a crack forms. Keep hitting the coconut until it fully cracks open.

Step 6: Place the coconut meat facing down and lightly tap it with the hammer to loosen the meat from the hard shell.

Step 7: Run a knife between the meat and shell to loosen it completely.

Steps for the coconut milk.

Step 8: Using a metal tea strainer, pour the milk through it to catch any coconut dust. Clean the strainer and repeat until you are happy.

You may have a few dust particles floating around in the milk but heck, “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”. I have mostly been snacking on the meat but I was looking at other recipes. I think if I find something delicious to do with the leftovers, I will do another write up and share the recipes.

With My Love,

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