How do you deal with breaking a fresh coconut in today’s modern kitchen?
The coconuts you find in supermarkets these days do not have the tuft of fibre on top, which actually extends their shelf-life, so you really need to know how to proceed.
The first step, is to buy a good coconut:
- Shake the coconut. If it sploshes around, that is a good sign.
- Then make sure that the eyes of the coconut are not discoloured, or the coconut is not cracked or leaking from anywhere.If it is, this is a sure sign that the coconut has gone bad. So just leave it alone on the shelf!
- Make a ring between your index finger and thumb. Strike the coconut firmly with the nail of your index finger. If it makes a sweet ‘ping’ sound, the coconut is probably good! Head to the cash counter, pay and leave.
- Do not leave your coconut aside for too long after this – break it the same day or the next.
Breaking the coconut:
Equipment you will need: a heavy, sharp-edged hammer, and a bowl to collect the ‘water’ once the coconut is broken.
- Hold the coconut under a faucet for about 30 seconds. Now keep it aside for about 10 minutes.
- Have a bowl ready to collect the water. Now, strike the coconut firmly around its ‘equator’ with the hammer. You will need to do this several times.
- Once the shell is cracked, collect the water carefully in the bowl that you’ve kept aside. It makes a delicious drink! Split the coconut into two halves. Now, for the next step, chopping the coconut!
Chopping the coconut:
All you will need right now is a sharp knife to cut the coconut, and a plate to collect the pieces in.
- Place a coconut half over a plate, and hold it so the inside is visible.
- Make an incision in the coconut, till the knife touches the shell. Prise out the cut piece.
- Make several sharp incisions like this till all the fruit is collected on the plate.
You can now use the fresh coconut right away, or freeze it.