Sunday, January 16, 2011

Coconutastrophe, part I

Ever seen a coconut at the store and thought, “You know, it’s just too much trouble. I have no idea how to even get into one of those things. How do you open a coconut?” Well, never fear. Got you covered. We received a coconut as a gift as the result of a recent Caribbean-themed dinner party and decided to make use of it, so here’s how we were able to get into this brown, furry potential weapon of destruction.

What you’ll need:

  • a coconut
  • a glass jar
  • a good sized nail
  • a hammer
  • a towel

As you can see, we’re ready to go:

IMG_1839If you look at the top of your coconut, you’ll see three dark indentations that resemble the holes in a bowling ball. This is your point of entry. Get your nail and drive it into the indentation. Remove the nail and repeat. When you do it, however, remember to keep your wine clear:

IMG_1840After you’ve driven the holes, invert the coconut over a jar of some kind to drain the tasty milk:


You’ve now got an empty coconut. Now is when the fun begins. Wrap the coconut in a towel, put the towel on a hard surface, take your hammer, and go to town:

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And there you have it. Get a sharp knife and slice the coconut meat from the shell. This process can take awhile, so I recommend at least having some music on in the background. You can also take some of the pieces, if they’re flat enough, and just shred the coconut.


What to do with all this coconutty goodness? More on that next time…

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