AuthorsDen.com   Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Fumiko Takahashi, iKeith Wright, iLisa DAnnolfo Levey, isandrea mosses, iJennifer Chase, iJ. Joy Matthews Alford - Sistah Joy, iMichele Poague, i

  Home > Cooking/Food/Wine > Stories
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Martha A Cheves

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Success story
· Books
· Articles
· News
· Stories
· Blog
· 20 Titles
· 14 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Sep, 2008

Martha A Cheves, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.




Featured Book
Thought Boosters: How to lift your spirits by enhancing your
by Allen Smith

A book of inspirational essays designed to enhance your thoughts and lift your spirits...  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Featured Book
Black Smoke
by Robin Leigh Miller

Paranormal Romance with lots of action, adventure and romance...  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members



   Recent stories by Martha A Cheves
· Gift Bags
· Herbs
· Halloween Jack-O-Lantern
· Stir, Laugh, Repeat
· Stir, Laugh, Repeat
· Stir, Laugh, Repeat
· Stir, Laugh, Repeat
· Stir, Laugh, Repeat
· Stir, Laugh, Repeat
· Stir, Laugh, Repeat
· Stir, Laugh, Repeat
· Stir, Laugh, Repeat
           >> View all 14


Share    Print  Save   Become a Fan


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

Rated "G" by the Author.

Share this with your friends on FaceBook

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.

       Web Site: Martha's Kitchen

Want to review or comment on this short story?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!


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.

hugs
Kathy
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.

Smiles,
Dorothy
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




Seasoned With Love: From My Family To Yours by Auntie Val

Mouth-watering recipes such as Salmon with Shrimp Sauce or Rum Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies are the treats you will find in this step-by-step walkthrough cookbook, which also incl..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Seasoned With Love: From My Family To Yours by Auntie Val

Mouth-watering recipes such as Salmon with Shrimp Sauce or Rum Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies are the treats you will find in this step-by-step walkthrough cookbook, which also incl..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.