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How to Open a Mature (brown) Coconut!
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In my book, Vice Cream, I tell how to make coconut milk. This section is for those who want some
instruction on how to select a coconut, how to open a coconut, how to remove the "meat",
how to shred it, and how to make delicious fresh raw coconut milk!

- Jeff Rogers

Selecting a coconut:

mature coconut

There are several things to watch for when selecting mature coconuts:

  • There should be liquid, or "water," inside the coconut. A gentle shake will disclose this.

  • There should be no mold or mildew on the outside, especially around the "eyes." This may be a sign of mold inside the coconut. Tiny black spots may be early mildew or mold.

  • There should be no cracks in the shell. The shell should be intact, protecting the meat inside.

 

Opening the coconut:

Clean remaining strands of husk from the shell. There are three "eyes" (spots) at one end. One of these spots is especially soft. Two eyes are usually symetric, the third is the odd one, which happens to be the soft one.

clean coconut

 

brown coconut

Using a knife, clean the area around that eye, then begin digging out the covering. If your knife is small enough (and the eye is big enough) you can dig right through the meat and into the inside of the coconut.



Most likely you will need to use a drill bit or screwdriver. I use a drill bit and twist it by hand through the meat. I prefer this as it removes the meat instead of pushing some into the shell. Any pieces floating around inside the shell may clog when draining the coconut.

I keep a few sizes of "kitchen" drill bits for various sized coconut eyes. I always use the largest one that will fit.

maturecoconut

 

maturecoconut

When you break through the meat to the inside of the coconut, there may be a hissing sound. The coconut is just "depressurizing". There may be a slight vacuum effect inside the shell. This is normal. If there is pressure pushing out, this may mean bacterial growth is inside. If the meat is very soft and there is no difference in pressure, the coconut is likely bad, but check the water and meat to be sure.

 

Once the coconut is open, drain the water into a jar or large cup. The quantity of water will vary from coconut to coconut.

coconut water

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For instructions on how to open a mature coconut CLICK HERE!

For instructions on removing the coconut "meat" CLICK HERE!

For instructions on how to shred coconut CLICK HERE!

For instructions on making fresh (raw) coconut "milk" CLICK HERE!

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