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Two halves of a cracked coconut

How to Crack a Coconut

by Kasma Loha-unchit

See Also: Selecting a Coconut for Purchase  |  Shredding a Coconut

Some people try to get into a coconut by banging on it with a hammer. Others suggest poking holes in the eyes to drain the liquid before hammering. This sounds like a good idea, but if you have tried it before, you may have discovered it isn't quite so easy. The eyes are small and the surrounding shell quite thick and hard. After much effort to jab them with a sharp object or puncture them with a nail, you may end up with a slow trickle, taking a lot longer to drain all the liquid out than you may have patience for.

Quick version:

  1. Hold coconut over a bowl in one hand such that the "midriff" rests in the middle of your palm, with the tip on one end and the eyes on the other.
  2. Whack the coconut with the back (that is to say the blunt side) of the cleaver a few times all around the center until it cracks open cleanly into two nearly equal halves. Make sure you use the blunt side of the cleaver.
  3. Catch the juice in the bowl as it drains from the cracks.
Use the blunt side of the cleaver!

Continue onto Shredding a Coconut.

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