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Fresh Coconut
By Martha A Cheves
Saturday, October 04, 2008

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How to crack a coconut.

In my book Stir, Laugh, Repeat, I have a recipe called Pina Colada Cake (page 146), in which I use fresh coconut.  When I make this cake I always end up with the same question "How do you get the coconut out of the shell?" 

First you punch holes in the "eyes."  These are easy to find and there are 3 of them.  I use a clean nail and hammer to punch the holes and then drain the "milk."  When I was a kid I loved drinking the coconut milk and still do.  After draining, wrap the coconut in an old towel, one you don't plan on using again.  Take it outside where there is a hard surface, hopefully concrete.  Hit it hard with the hammer.  Be careful, sometimes it goes shooting across the parking lot or whereever you might be.  Keep hitting until you have pieces no bigger than maybe 4".  Next, take a blunt knife and press it under the edge of the coconut and shell to loosen the pieces.  They will usually pop off the shell fairly easily.   Now you will see a brown "crust" still attached to the coconut.  This has to come off.  I do this with a knife but please be careful and don't cut yourself.  If you follow these directions carefully, you can enjoy fresh coconut.  After all of this is finished, you can chop or shred your coconut.

Or you can do what I do 99% of the time which is go to the grocery store and buy a bag of already shredded coconut.

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Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 10/14/2008
Ouch!! I remember my one encounter with a cocoanut. it was not pretty lol. Welcome to Authors Den. I love to cook and will be reading your work.

Reviewed by d. k 10/12/2008
Well you certainly brought back memories to a time where my daughter and I decided to buy a coconut. My girl was just young, but oh so eager. Once we punched the three holes and slurped down the coconut milk we began hammering away. I did as you suggest, kept the coconut bundled before wacking down on it, but yes you are right fresh coconut sure tasted good and well worth all the effort. Thanks for such a sweet memory.

Reviewed by Bonnie May 10/4/2008
Your mother must have taught you when you were small to do this for it does take some skill. My mother also taught me the same way except then we didn't have paper towels and used a wet cloth one. I still enjoy fresh coconut and at least once a year buy one for a love cake, also my mothers recipe. How nice to teach others this skill. Well done Martha, Love, Bonnie

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