Video:How to Open a Coconut and Make Coconut Milkwith Rachel Edelman
Fresh coconuts can look a bit intimidating but in just a few easy steps you too can be enjoying both the milk and the meat of this delicious fruit.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Open a Coconut and Make Coconut MilkHi, I'm Rachel Edelman for About.com Food and I'm going to teach you how to crack open and prepare a coconut.
Coconut BuyingCoconuts' peak season is from October through December. You should be able to hear the liquid inside and it should feel heavy for its size. Check for three eyes, at the smaller end of the coconut. They should look intact and there should not be any cracks or damage to the shell.
Opening your Coconut-JuiceTo eat the coconut, first puncture one or two of its eyes with a sharp thin tool, a corkscrew can work or use a hammer and nail. Hold the hole over a small bowl and let the coconut juice drain out.
Cracking your CoconutCrack open the coconut by tapping the edge with the blunt edge of a large knife. If if does not open, try baking it in the oven for 15-25 minutes. You will see it will partially crack from the heat. Let it cool and try tapping the edge again.
Inside your CoconutScore the white coconut meat with a small knife. Then, pull it away from the shell one piece at a time. Use a peeler to cut off the skin from the pieces. White meat taken from coconut can be grated or chopped and to use for baking or making coconut milk.
Coconut MilkTo make coconut milk, cut ½ the coconut into even sized pieces. Place them in a blender with about 1 ½ cups hot water. The more water, the thinner the milk will be. Process for thirty seconds. Place a few layers of cheesecloth or if you do not have one, layers of paper towels, over the blender. Strain the milk through the cloth into a bowl. Squeeze the cloth to get all the milk out.
Enjoy using coconut in a variety of recipes. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the Web at Food.About.com.