There are few things more refreshing than a chilled coconut on a hot summer’s day. But how do you get into it? Here’s a quick tutorial!
- A big knife. A cleaver is good, but any knife with a nice square heel that’s heavy enough to put up with some abuse will do.
- A coconut
- A straw and spoon
1. The first few times you do this, you’ll want to chop off the fibre on top. You won’t have a pretty lid for your coconut, but it’ll be easier to see what you’re doing. Turn the coconut sideways and saw off a toupee.
2. Now you should have a coconut with a big bald spot. Holding the coconut firmly with your left hand (if you’re right handed), grab the knife and aim the heel at the edge of the bald spot. Whack the heel in firmly. It should make a nice loud sound.
3. Turning the coconut, whack firmly all around the edge of the bald spot. You may need to go around a few times, but eventually it’ll give (alternatively, if you’re pretty strong, you can get this done in a few good whacks).
4. Once you have a crack, wedge the heel of the knife in and wiggle it to lever the lid off (if it’s stubborn, you might need a few more strategic whacks at the more solid spots).
5. Voilà! Open coconut!
You can drink the water with a straw and scoop out the flesh afterwards, or you can use the coconut water in a recipe (popsicles with your favourite fruit are a great summer treat!)