How to Crack a Coconut

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The safe way.

Cracking a coconut is easier than you might think. All you do is soak a husked coconut in water. Then, using the back of a large cleaver, forcefully tap on the horizontal lines of the shell. It breaks within seconds. However, the technique is a little unsafe.

So if you’re not stranded on an island and have a oven at your disposal, there’s another simple trick. Bake the coconut. Here’s how:

 

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Soak the coconut for about 10 minutes in water.

Step 2

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Find the three eyes of the coconut. With a paring knife, dig into them. You’ll notice that one is softer than the rest. Once you have a hole, drain the coconut water into a glass.

Step 3

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Bake the coconut in the oven for 15 minutes at 375 degrees F. Meanwhile, enjoy your fresh coconut water.

Step 4

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With oven mitts, remove the coconut from the oven and transfer to a cutting board. I used a kitchen sharpening steel, but any mallet will do. Find the 3 horizontal lines on the shell and hit them. (These are white coconuts so the raised lines are a little harder to see.)

Step 5

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Once the coconut is cracked, rinse the inside with fresh water. You can use the shells as fruit bowls or fill them with gelato for a special treat.

Step 6

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Score the coconut meat with a paring knife and it should come right out.

It’s that simple. Enjoy!

24 thoughts on “How to Crack a Coconut

  1. The last time I even attempted to crack open a coconut, I found myself sitting outside on the concrete alternating between whacking it with a hammer and attempting to carve it like a jack o’latern.

    Your method looks much easier. I may have to give it a try one day. 🙂

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