So, there is coconut is in your hands and you think how to open coconut using knife.
A hollow coconut makes a great home for a hermit crab, and will also be used as a birdhouse. It will also be used as a festive decoration for any party, or for just clapping the empty halves together, and pretending to ride on a horse! You can even use it as a bowl or cup!
First of all you need to dry coconut!
How to find the eyes of the coconut. Sort of like a bowling ball, the coconut usually has three "eyes." They are really just spots on one end. 2 will be side-by-side, and one will be the odd one out – it's this odd 1 that is the soft spot, which you will tap into to drain.
- Sometimes you will need to remove strands from the husk to really get at the eyes. This is simple enough to do with your hands or a small table knife. The area around the eye will be clean.
Poke into the eye with a knife, a drill bit, or a screwdriver. If your knife is small enough, you can be able just to poke right through the eye, through the meat, and into the liquid with your knife. If not, find a screwdriver or a drill bit that is small enough to force an opening.
- You can need to tap the end of the screwdriver or drill bit with a hammer. Just a few light taps ought to do it.
If you experience a hissing sound once you break through to the meat, that's good – it means the coconut is depressurizing. If you don't (or if you experience air going out instead of in, it's possible your coconut has gone bad.
Drain the water into a bowl, jar or cup. Coconut water is delicious, so save it! You can drink it or use for your beauty. Read here, how! However, make sure it is good before you combine it with other coconut water – you don't want to tarnish the whole batch. Here's how to know if it's good:
- It can be fairly clear, almost like water
Cutting coconut in Half
Locate the thin line along the middle of the coconut. Every coconut has a natural "center point" that is marked by a thin line, sort of like an equator. This is where it will be easiest to break the coconut cleanly in half. Locate this line before you begin tapping.
- To hold the coconut properly, hold it in your non-dominant hand. The eyes should be facing down and the ends should be facing out to the sides.
Smack the coconut against the line with the back side of a large knife or meat cleaver. Never use the sharp blade of a knife to hit a coconut! Not only could you hurt yourself, but this could force the coconut to break in a dozen pieces. Using the blunt, back side of a heavy blade to slowly break it cleanly in half.
- A meat cleaver is great as there is a natural curve to the back side of the blade. This matches the curve of the coconut, applying pressure evenly. Again, the three eyes of the coconut should be facing away from your hand.
Rotate the coconut about a quarter of a turn with each rap. Crack the knife against the line a second time. Keep making slight rotations, always rapping against the line. Keep going in this manner until you hear a cracking sound. Once it starts cracking, use less and less force to keep it in two large pieces.
- For some coconuts, this will take a few smacks. For others, it will take a few full rotations. You're not doing anything wrong – some coconuts are simply easier to split than others.
Keep rapping and turning until the crack has gone all the way around the coconut and it splits cleanly apart.
Cleaning Coconut Out
Pry the meat away from the shell. Grab a spoon and position it between the meat and the shell with the back of the spoon facing the shell. The meat will come off in chunks as it breaks loose. You may not be able to get all the meat out (coconuts can be finicky), which is when the next step comes in handy.
- Spoon not working too great? Some coconut meat is more difficult than others. In this case, grab a small paring-like knife to shred at the meat. Make a cut into the meat and drive the knife along the edge, much like you would peel an orange.
Before you toss the coconut meat, consider keeping it. It's delicious, especially when cold or turned into a smoothie!
Place the 2 coconut halves on a cookie sheet in the oven at 150°C (300°F) for 1-2 hours. The amount of time you need depends on the size of the coconut and the thickness of the meat. Once it's finished, the meat will have shrunk and you'll be able to pull out the meat in one piece.
- People in the Micronesian islands of Palau, Ponape, Chuuk, the Caroline's, etc., will lay coconut halves face up in the sunshine for a number of days till the meat separates from the shell.
Place the coconuts shell-side down in a well-ventilated area. Give them a few days (or up to a week) to fully dry and harden. Giving them this extra drying-out period will make them easier to use for crafts or as a cup or bowl.
- They make great decorations in the interim! And if there's even a shred of meat left, it will shrink up and dry during this time period, too.