Wondering how do you open a coconut? This is a common question, especially for those who have just started learning how to cook. If you’re one of these people who doesn’t really know much about how to cook meat, then the answer to your question might be a little bit complicated. But in this article I’ll show you how to open a coconut.
When you see a coconut, you would think that it is just a slice of coconut meat. But in reality there’s much more going on behind the scenes. A true coconut is only found inside the fruit and is not in any way shape or form similar to meat. This makes it very difficult to open, and at times even more difficult to store.
Unlike meat, you can store a fresh coconut without any problem at all. The meat itself is pretty hard as is the shell, and it takes quite a bit of effort to open up a fresh coconut. The soft meat inside however, will definitely spoil much faster than meat like that.
So, how do you open a coconut? To open a coconut, you take a knife, or any other utensil that is sharp enough, and gently swipe the top of the coconut over the surface of the water inside. Do this in a smooth motion and don’t scrape the coconut shell as you do it.
Once the coconut half submerged, you take the knife again and swipe horizontally over the top of the water inside. Don’t scrape it as you do it. Gently allow the coconut chunks to drift down into the water. When they are ready, tilt the coconut over and let the water drain out. Do this in the opposite direction if you want to drain the oil from the center of the coconut.
If you find that the chunks you just pulled off the coconut are not large enough to fit into your palm, or they are really sharp, you can use a teaspoon of olive oil to soften them up a bit before you attempt to open the coconut. Apply some olive oil on the palm and wipe down the inside of the coconut. If it still does not seem to work, you can try to dip a towel in boiling water for a few seconds to soften it up enough to use a spoon to push it through your palms. This is usually all it takes to open a coconut.
How do you open a coconut? If you get a solid head of coconut oil when you open a coconut, then your hands are too cold! Cold hands do not allow one to truly extract the natural oils from the coconut. In order to warm your hands, start by placing a couple of tablespoons of olive oil on your palms. You may be able to use a bit more, but using extra can only make your hands warmer and help them glide through the coconut meat more easily.
Before you begin trying to extract the oil from the center of a fresh coconut, you should remove any hard or crumbled outer skin on the coconut. This may seem counterintuitive, but coconut oil is mostly composed of uric acid, which is a product of the breakdown of coconuts trees. When you peel off this layer, you are opening up the coconut for better penetration. If you do not remove this outer coating, the oil inside may difficultly penetrate the inner coconut meat. Once you have removed this outer coating, you can easily extract the oil with a food processor, or you can put it in a blender or some other container and process it in your own kitchen sink. As a note, do not use anything with strong citrus odor as it could cause an adverse reaction with your skin!