Coconut. We all love it. (Well, most of us. Shout out to healthy fats!!) Flakes, butter, oil, you name it, if it has coconut in it, I am intrigued.
Well, a week or so ago I saw some “easy break” coconuts at the grocery store. And I had an awesome idea. (OK, it was an awesome idea at the time. In hindsight, I wish I had never had it.) Why couldn’t I shred my own coconut? It couldn’t be that hard, could it? Besides, these were easy break coconuts. They had easy in the title.
You guys. There was nothing easy about these coconuts. To say it was a disaster would be an understatement.
I had to use a numerous amount of tools to get them open. An ice pick. Hammer. Serrated knife. Butter knife. Paring knife. Lots of knives. The handle ended up breaking off of the ice pick. (Who even has ice picks these days?)
I eventually had to enlist my mom’s help. We had to use a screwdriver to get the ice pick out.
Finally, we got the first one open. Getting the meat out was another story. We tried lots of different methods.
There was lots of scraping.
My mom and I watched a couple videos on youtube. She concluded that we needed to bang the shell in order to ‘loosen’ the meat. Needless to say, that didn’t work.
There was lots of cutting, scraping, and swearing. I think I almost cut off my finger about 8 times. I didn’t get a lot of meat.
And smashed them on my driveway. I think I may have scared the neighbor kids off. Which is good. I don’t know how many times I pull in my driveway and almost run over one of them because they’re playing or riding their bikes in my yard. (Who does that?)
But still tough.
Eventually, I decided I had enough, and just tossed what was left. In the end, I ended up with about two and a half cups.
Later that day, I was telling my best friend about my ordeal, and she mentioned that Alton Brown had a really good video online that showed you how to de-coconut a coconut easily. I was skeptical, as I had watched a bunch of youtube videos. Yeah, I wish I had seen that before I went through all that trouble. His way is much, much easier. I almost want to buy another coconut and see if it really works.
Here’s the link if anyone wants to check it out. The part where he breaks open the coconut starts at 4:37 minutes in.
Also, I would like to dedicate this post to all the kitchen equipment I broke during this experiment. A knife, the ice pick, and a bowl. (I know, who breaks a bowl? It was plastic, too.)
Have you ever tried to get the meat out of a coconut? Do you have any tips and tricks, or was it as difficult for you as it was for me?