Ever wanted to know how to open a coconut quickly, easily and painlessly? If you’ve ever stared at a coconut and been baffled by how to go about getting in there to get the goods out, don’t worry you’re not alone.
You see, over in the MNB team we LOVE fresh coconut with a passion, but some of us girls never used to eat it because cracking open that hard shell to get to the precious meat was a task that we deemed quite darn close to impossible to accomplish. We’d tried every possible technique, from using a hammer, nails, saw and power drill, and all these very messy (and sometimes dangerous!) measures often left us frustrated and essentially coconut-less, too.
That was until one day, our LJ Active Chef showed us this SUPER, EASY AND QUICK technique for getting the job done using nothing but a good old chef knife or cleaver! Seriously, this method is so easy that, once you’ve mastered it, you’ll be cracking coconut after coconut and will be able to enjoy it in its fresh form anytime you want.
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Coconuts are highly nutritious, rich in fibre, and packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Fresh coconuts can be either young or mature. Young coconuts either have a green shell or a white husk (where the green shell has been removed). There is also the more familiar brown-haired variety, which is the more mature coconut. Young coconuts contain more water and soft, gel-like meat, whereas mature coconuts have firm meat and less water.
Young coconuts are the most health enhancing of the two and these are the coconuts us MNB girls tend to use often. The water in the young coconut is one of the highest sources of electrolytes. Electrolytes are responsible for keeping the body properly hydrated so the muscles and nerves can function appropriately. Therefore it is more beneficial to drink the water from a young coconut after an intense workout rather than the commercial sports drinks we see advertised.
Young coconut meat is also highly beneficial being rich in medium-chain fatty acids. Although these are saturated fats, your body processes them differently from other saturated fats, such as animal fats. Medium-chain fatty acids, such as those found in coconuts, are used directly by the body as fuel, not broken down and absorbed like other saturated fats.
So once you’ve cracked open your coconut, poured the water into a jar and scooped out the delicious flesh into a bowl, why not try making our delightfully easy coconut yoghurt?
Delicious Coconut yoghurt!
How To Open a Coconut (and Make Coconut Yoghurt!)
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: Serves 4