How to use fresh coconuts

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:

  1. Shake the coconut. If it sploshes around, that is a good sign.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  1. Hold the coconut under a faucet for about 30 seconds. Now keep it aside for about 10 minutes.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

  1. Place a coconut half over a plate, and hold it so the inside is visible.
  2. Make an incision in the coconut, till the knife touches the shell. Prise out the cut piece.
  3. 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.


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