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How to open a coconut with a hammer and nail

Updated on November 15, 2010

Get a coconut, hammer, nail, and towel

Opening a coconut is not nearly as hard as Tom Hanks makes it look in the movie Cast Away. Ok, I guess it would be if you didn't have any tools and you didn't know what you're doing, but luckily you've got me!

Opening a coconut is actually rather easy if you have the correct supplies. The first thing you want to do is drain the coconut milk. Otherwise, you'll be making a huge mess when you do get the darned thing open. Find the 2 or 3 dark indentations on the coconut and drive a nail through one of them. Find a cup and drain the coconut over the cup. This might take a minute. Drink the coconut milk, it's good for you.

And now to get to the rest of the coconut

Now that your coconut is drained, wrap it completely in a towel. Put it on a hard surface that's safe to pound on. Don't put it on a counter top in your kitchen. Take the hammer and pound away at that towel-wrapped coconut.

So what was the point of the towel? Well, it was to keep the little chunks of coconut from flying all over the place. You can unwrap your towel now and you should find a bunch of coconut shell pieces with the coconut meat still attached. You can take a knife and separate the meat from the shell. Some of that meat will really stick to the shell, so you might need a sharp knife for that last layer.

You can rinse your coconut meat and store it in the refrigerator for about 1 week. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months. If you shred it and dehydrate it can keep for up to a year. 


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