Coconut Madness: How To Open A Coconut

Courtesy of, mine was ugly!

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.

Sooo…I tried 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! I even found a whole website dedicated to the art of opening a coconut.

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!

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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.

Here’s a cool idea! Coconut noodles.

Coconut Tools!

1 Comment

  1. Desi says: Reply

    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.

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