Open a Drinking Coconut
Ensure you have a steady and clear work space and place your drinking coconut on a large cutting board.
Select a heavy kitchen knife or preferably a good quality meat cleaver.
Steady the coconut by placing your hand around the base of the coconut. Make sure your fingers are not poking out anywhere.
Use the bottom corner of your knife to strike the coconut about 1½ inches below the point. (You will need to have a good firm swing to break through the husk and the shell so it is a good idea to have a couple of practises first.)
Turn the coconut 90º and do a second strike which joins to the first cut. Turn the coconut another 90º and strike a third time joining the second cut.
Using the bottom corner of your knife, insert it into the second cut and prise the top off.
Turn the coconut on it’s side and cut the husk off the point of the coconut, rotating as you cut, to reveal the coconut shell.
Whilst still on its side, hold the coconut firmly towards the bottom with one hand ensuring your fingers aren’t poking out. Using the heal of the knife do one swift strike at the shell keeping the knife angled slightly away from your fingers.
Quickly turn the coconut upright and insert the bottom corner of the knife in the hole you have created and prise the top off.
Use a Jungle Produce Coconut Opener to pierce a hole in the top of the coconut.
Push the coconut opener into the husk of the coconut and rotate the opener from right to left while firmly pushing it into the coconut.
Once the toll has cut through the coconut, pull it out and use the cap to push the coconut plug out of the tool.
Insert a straw into the hole and enjoy!
Open a Mature Coconut
To open a coconut hold it over the bowl in the palm of your hand with the eyes of the coconut facing towards your fingers. With a hammer or heavy utensil firmly tap around the equator of the coconut while rotating it in your hand.
Continue this procedure until the coconut is cracked down the centre. Depending on how hard the shell it may break open after a couple of taps or may require several.
Once the shell has cracked sufficiently the coconut can be prised apart with your fingers.
To remove the meat slide a thin knife under the meat to lift it away from the shell.
Breaking the coconut halves into smaller pieces will make it easier to remove the coconut meat. To break the halves place them on a sturdy cutting board with the exposed meat facing downwards and tap the round top with a hammer to break into smaller pieces. This will also help to loosen the meat from the shell.
Place a large bowl under on the bench top with a large fine strainer in it.