Coconuts are incredible. Not only are they delicious to eat, they’re great for your heart, and they improve digestion, give you energy, and lower sweet cravings. Drinking coconut water is a great way to hydrate yourself, too! Plus, coconut oil and coconut milk are used in countless beauty homemade products, like shampoo, conditioner, and sea salt spray, to name a few!
The only issue I have with coconuts is that, until now, I’ve always been too scared to buy a whole one. I had no idea how to crack one open – and I figured it would just be too difficult. I was wrong. Cracking a coconut does take a bit of effort, but I certainly wouldn’t call it “difficult.” It’s actually fun, and really gratifying. It’s a nice feeling knowing that you had to work a little bit for your food. If you’re in the same boat I was, this post is for you. Here’s how to crack open a coconut!
All you need is a coconut, a hammer, a large (clean) nail, and a bowl or cup to catch the water.
*When buying a coconut, first feel how much water is present inside, as well as how heavy it is, in comparison to others. A ripe coconut will have more water present, and it will be heavier than an older one.
Step 1: Locate the eyes of the coconut. All coconuts have three “eyes,” which are small, circular indentations. The shell is here is thinner than throughout the rest of the coconut.
Step 2: Hammer a clean nail into one of the eyes. Wiggle the nail around a bit to make the eye larger. Repeat on the other two eyes.
Step 3: Flip the coconut upside down and drain the water into a container. As I mentioned earlier, coconut water is very hydrating, so drink up!
Step 4: Place the coconut on a hard surface (we used a concrete step), hold it with one hand, and hit the coconut forcefully with a hammer. Rotate the coconut away from you and hit it again. You should see a crack form within about 5 hits. Keep rotating and hitting until your coconut is open!
You can then use a knife to remove the meat from the shell, and then shred it, eat it, or use it as you wish!
Look at all of that fresh coconut water! If you have any tips for cracking coconuts, let us know!
Photos by Brigette
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