What to Do With A Whole Coconut


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I BOUGHT A COCONUT.  NOW WHAT DO I DO?

so i took the plunge and bought a whole coconut.

then i took it home and stared at it.

now what the f do i do?

i just want to drink the water.  what do i do with the rest of it?

more importantly…how do i get it open?

HOW NOT TO OPEN A COCONUT

don't do this at home

don’t do this at home

 

if you’ve never bought a young coconut, there’s two layers to get through:

  1. a white outer husk the consistency of cork board or wet wood.   it’s splintery and doesn’t want to come off.
  2. under that mess, there is a hard shell.  bowling ball hard.

i hit the internet.  i watched a video of a cute girl opening one on her kitchen floor with a cleaver.

i don’t have a cleaver.

i did a lot of drugs in my youth so sometimes i think like a man. believing i don’t need instructions when i have logic, i just started hacking at the coconut with my knife.

that didn’t work.  and i have a good knife!

so i got a hammer.

i tried to hammer the tip of my knife into the coconut and it broke the tip off my very good very expensive chef’s knife!

coconut 1; gabrielle 0

HOW TO OPEN A COCONUT

so i watched another video of a cute little guy who claims he can open a coconut with a butter knife.

he is obviously magic.

he’s not magic.

there’s just a trick to opening a coconut.

  •  first, don’t take the plastic off the coconut as it may have been soaked in sodium meta bisulfite and fungicide to preserve it from oxidation and rot.  you probably don’t want to touch that stuff.
  • use a knife to get rid of the white outer husk on the pointy end enough to see the shell.
  • basically, there is a sweet spot you can hack into and a little lid size piece just pops off.
  • there are 3 veins running around the top you can faintly see when you take the husk off.  the idea is to strike this area.
  • i’ve opened many coconuts since this first attempt.  now i just lightly hammer a screwdriver into one of these veins and jimmy the “lid” off.
  • stick a straw in it.

    open a young thai coconut

    i tortured my first coconut

INCREDIBLE BENEFITS OF COCONUT WATER

  • super hydrator! great for athletes and yogis, pre & post workout for stamina & energy!
    • study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise shows that coconut water replenishes body fluids as well as sports drinks and better than water!
    • staying hydrated means less cramps & muscle aches.
  • electrolyte-rich: high in potassium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, & calcium.
  • good source of B vitamins (riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine & folates)
  • loaded with cytokinins – plant hormones that have an anti-aging, anti-cancer effect in body.
  • alkalizing
  • anti-inflammatory
  • aids kidney function
  • helps balance blood glucose & insulin levels
  • digestive tonic:  feeds friendly gut flora
  • supports good immune function; antimicrobial
  • lowers blood pressure

though it is lower in sugar than fruit juice, soda or sports drinks, it is still a sugary drink and has about 60 calories a serving.  so don’t go coo-coo for coconuts!

WHY GO THROUGH THE HASSLE FOR FRESH COCONUT WATER?

  • it is less processed; not pasteurized like canned or bottled coconut water.
  • not exposed to toxins in cans & plastic like store-bought coconut water.  plastic and BPA (an artificial estrogen) from cans can leach into food & beverages.  choose glass whenever possible.
  • comes in its own environmentally-friendly biodegradable package.
  • tastes drastically better than pasteurized coconut water!

NOW, WHAT DO I DO WITH COCONUT MEAT?

again, using instinct instead of research, without really reading anything about it, i scraped the flesh out and threw it in my VITAMIX.coconut meat in vitamix

 

HOW TO MAKE GABRIELLE’S HOMEMADE COCONUT CREAM FROM A YOUNG COCONUT

“gabrielle’s” because i made this up.  i call it cream because it is thicker than milk and not as thick as coconut butter/manna.

coconut meat that needs to be cleaned

those brown parts need to be cleaned off

  1. scrape meat out of coconut
  2. clean any bits of woody skin or inner pulp off the flesh as it may make cream unpalatable.
  3. put in vitamix or blender
  4. add about 1/4 c water
  5. mix smooth
  6. smile and be happy 🙂
  7. don’t drink it all! save it for coffee, tea & cooking

    gabrielle's coconut cream

    gabrielle’s coconut cream

 HOW TO MAKE GABRIELLE’S HOMEMADE COCONUT MILK FROM A YOUNG COCONUT

  1. scrape meat out of coconut
  2. clean any bits of woody skin or inner pulp off the flesh as it might make milk unpalatable.
  3. put in vitamix or blender
  4. add about 1/2 c water
  5. mix smooth
  6. smile and be happy 🙂
  7. don’t drink it all.  save it for coffee, tea & cooking

    gabrielle's coconut milk photo

    gabrielle’s coconut milk

HOW TO MAKE GABRIELLE’S HOMEMADE COCONUT MANNA FROM A YOUNG COCONUT

also called coconut butter as the best way to describe it is: it’s like peanut butter, but coconut.

i bought coconut manna a few times thinking i would use it in smoothies and curries but really i just ended up standing at my kitchen counter spooning it into my mouth.  just FYI this stuff is stupid delicious.

if you buy it, it can run you between $9-$12 for a jar.  this version, yielding about half the amount cost me about $1.25 (half the price of the coconut)

  1. scrape and clean meat
  2. put in vitamix or blender
  3. add 1 T water
  4. blend until smooth
  5. smile and be happy 🙂

put it away fast before you eat it all.

WHAT ABOUT THOSE BROWN FURRY COCONUTS ?

those are mature coconuts.  they also contain water but the flesh inside is hard (think shredded coconut)   you can also use them to make manna, milk & cream, but that’s another story.

 

references:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/27/coconut-water-ultimate-rehydrator.aspx

http://blog.caprig.com/?p=121

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_6472.cfm

 

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