To open a coconut, pierce the "eyes" with an ice pick or large nail, and drain the liquid from the coconut. To remove the shell
easily, bake the drained coconut at 350 degrees F for 20 to 30 minutes, or put it in the freezer for an hour. Then place the
coconut on a firm surface, and tap the shell lightly with a hammer in several places until it cracks. Separate the meat from the
im not sure if you need it shredded, but you can buy specialty devices that you put half a shell on a spike, turn and push the handle, and the attachement shreds the meat inside the shell, no wastage - this is big with ppl from the indian subcontinent for use with their curries.
The reason I ask is that for years, I've always used the standard method: Poke the eyes out with a screwdriver (ooh! sounds brutal!), bake 350 for 25 min. until it cracks, and break off shell. But I find that some coconuts are more stubborn than others, in terms of the meat separating from the shell. I though that maybe there's a better way. The other day, I was trying to pry it off with a screwdriver, and accidentally rammed the screwdriver under my cuticle. (no blood). But that was my reason for posting. I thought that maybe it was so stubborn because it was underripe, but when I finally got a piece off, it tasted fine.
Incidentally, I worked with a Phillipine woman who demonstated how they open coconuts in her country. They take the coconut in their left hand, a cleaver in the right, chop once, toss, chop, toss, chop. Done, in three hits.
I value my hands too much to try it, but it was cool to watch.
about seperating cocunut flesh from shell I have always used a butter knife.Once you start the knife between the meat and shell it will seperate easily. I used a screwdriver and hammer to remove the husk,splitting the husk on 3 sides and pulling it off. I used the hammer to tap it open.When I just had the nut in my kitchen I just taped it open with the back of my 12 in. forchner over a work bowl and strained the juice.Good cookin...cookie.