Tuesday, August 28, 2012

How to Open a Young Coconut

In a previous post we talked about young coconuts and opening them up. In this post, we show in words and pictures a simple technique to open a young coconut.

Step 1: Wash the outside of the plastic or place paper towel down on your cutting board underneath the coconut. We have recently started to keep the plastic on because who knows where the plastic has been and in the previous post, we talked about reasons why you might want to leave the plastic on.
Step 1: Wash the outside of the coconut

Step 2: Shave off the top third of the husk until you reach the shell. We usually use a cleaver, always striking in a motion away from the hand holding the coconut.
Step 2: Shave off the top third of the husk of the coconut

Step 3: Locate the seams that make three wedges on the part of the coconut you just shaved (really the bottom of the coconut). Locate the largest wedge. This is where you are going to strike the coconut.
Step 3: Locate the seams that make three wedges

Step 4: Strike at the largest wedge an inch or two from the top. One sharp blow should be enough with the heel of the cleaver.
Step 4: Strike at the largest wedge

Step 5: Work the cleaver underneath the cap and pop it off.
Step 5: Work the cleaver underneath the cap and pop it off

Step 6: Pour out the coconut milk and then scoop out the pulp. Remove plastic and recycle coconut husk.

Addendum 09-29-2012: A perfect cap removal with little damage to the “spoon meat”.

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