How to get the Coconut meat out of a Coconut

16 04 2011

Now I know if you Google it there are lots of ways to get the coconut meat out of the coconut but this is what worked best for me and I didn’t feel like someone was going to lose a hand or finger in the process.

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First you have to decided if you want to keep the coconut water from the inside. If you do take a hammer and nail. Hammer in the nail into one of the 3 eyes at the top of the coconut. Then pull the nail out and drain out the coconut water. Then take a large heavy knife and using the back of the knife you pound it on the coconut.

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After a few hits you will start to see a crack form in the coconut.

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Keep hitting the coconut along the crack until it cracks in half.

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Once you have your coconut cracked in half place it on a baking sheet and bake in a 350o F oven for 15 minutes or until the coconut meat starts to pull away from the shell.

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Once it is done in the oven and it is cool enough to hold you will need to pry the meat from the shell. Taking a small paring knife and sliding it between the meat and the shell was helpful.

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It should just pop out from the shell. If it doesn’t it might need a little more time in the oven.

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To get the rest of the brown shell off of the back just use your potato peeler and peel it off. Once you are done with that grate it on a box grater and it can be frozen until you need it for a recipe. You can also cut it into smaller pieces to enjoy as well. For coconut recipe ideas check out a great Coconut Almond Bread or Toasted Coconut, Toffee, and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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10 responses

24 10 2011
Sarah Wilfley

Tried this over the weekend and it not only worked it was yummy!!!

26 10 2011
Wobbler

I also tried it following this idea using a microwave. It worked giving it a minute or two! Thanks! ;o)

7 08 2012
rebecca

huh good idea! no heating up the house

28 01 2012
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[...] up with a coconut and aren’t sure what to do like I was the first time. Check out my post on how to get the coconut meat out of a coconut. Once you have that meat out grate it up and you can freeze it to use in later recipes or you could [...]

7 08 2012
rebecca

thank you I was trying to find an easy way to get the coconut meat off the shell I will be doing this in a day or two max with the freshly crack coconut I have the the frig.

22 04 2013
dee

awesome tip! works great.

27 04 2013
Lorrie

thank you!

26 10 2013
Knock-your-socks-off Northern style coconut chutney | The Odd Pantry

[…] flesh. Chop it finely or grate it. This website has some really good tips for breaking coconuts and this website talks about how to pry out the […]

22 04 2014
otad12

Reblogged this on Otad12's Blog.

27 04 2014
daxas

worked wonderfully. Thanks for the tip.

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