As much as I love coconut, coconut water, coconut milk, coconut vegan ice cream, coconut… okay, you get it, I’d never actually had the pleasure of beating cracking one open myself. And then I was inspired by Singer in the Kitchen‘s coconut-whacking good time and just had to buy one and give it a try. First I had to figure out how to puncture the darn thing. Sure, I’d read how to simply stab it with an ice pick, which is all good in theory, but I didn’t realize tight away there was a particular sweet spot to lay into it. Go ahead, picture the coconut noob struggling with this furry little ball of frustration.
It really wasn’t that long until the light bulb came on, but I obviously got unnecessarily excited when I made a nice hole to pour out the coconut water. I’ve only ever had packaged coconut water, which I like, but the liquid fresh out of the coconut is so much better. It’s richer and more coconut-y. Divine!
Now that my coconut water was out, it was time to get crackin’! I rummaged through the garage looking for a hammer, but found a mallet-looking thing instead (you can tell I’m great with tool lingo). After a couple of nervous whacks, the coconut cracked in two. Okay, that was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. For some reason I imagined myself squatting over the cement, hands raised over my head and throwing it to the ground primitively…
Finally was the hardest part- getting the coconut meat out of it’s shell! I tried a knife and vegetable peeler, settling on using the knife in a less than glamorous way. But it got the job done. After all the destruction, I was left with my lovely bowl of delicious, fresh coconut! Now to figure out what to do with it all.
Have you ever cracked open your own coconut? What do you recommend I do with all my fresh coconut?