Follow our step-by-step tutorial on opening a fresh coconut the next time you have trouble cracking one open.
What you need
- sharpening steel or hammer
- butter knife
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Peel away the brown husk to find the soft, indented ‘third eye’.
2. Pierce a hole using a skewer in the ‘third eye’. Drain the water by shaking. Place the whole, drained coconut on a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes.
3. Holding the warm coconut with a tea towel, use a heavy, blunt tool (such as a sharpening steel or hammer), to break the husk by tapping all around the middle.
4. To remove the flesh from the husk, gently prise it from the shell using a butter knife.
Tip: To tell if a coconut is fresh, give it a shake and if you can hear the coconut water sloshing inside, it’s fresh.