Step-by-step on how to crack open a coconut so you can have the freshest one on your next recipe, be it a fruit salad, a granola, or a top for fish stews.
You can also keep the coconut water for other recipes, such as homemade coconut milk, or just drink it with some ice cubes.
Find the softest spot on top of 1 coconut. Pierce it with the tip of a knife and twist to carve through the coconut meat
Use a skewer or a screwdriver to enlarge the hole
Pour out all the coconut water
Place the coconut over high heat on the stove and let it burn for about 3-5m until it cracks
Let the coconut cool down until you can handle it
Hit around the coconut with a hammer to crack it open and remove the the shell
Break it into smaller pieces to remove the remaining shell. Insert a spoon between the meat and the shell to loosen it more easily
Remove the peel with a knife. The coconut is open and ready to be used.
Yield 1 portion