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Cracking Coconuts

Martha Stewart Living, August 2007

Make this the summer of conquering the coconut. Working on a slip-resistant mat, use the back of a heavy chef's knife or cleaver to tap all along the equator of the coconut. When it cracks, pry it open a bit, and drain the coconut milk into a bowl. Continue to tap until the coconut splits open. Separate the flesh from the shell with a sharp paring knife.

Comments (2)

  • UUjerri1 6 Mar, 2010

    we're going to attempt to open one for our six year old in a few minutes, stay tuned.

  • annovese 8 Jan, 2008

    I spend the winter in florida and see coconuts in the grocery store all the time.
    Until now I haven;t been motivated to open one. i'll give it a try