Whole coconuts can be difficult to open. Some are sold with small cracks already. A few taps around the tips with a hammer should open a coconut.
Store whole coconut on the counter for a few months. Once opened, refrigerate in a plastic bag. Opened coconut keeps for up to one week.
To open, hold the coconut over a bowl. Tap firmly down the center line with the dull side of a cleaver. Turn the coconut several times as you tap, until you see it crack open. Pry the two sides apart and drain the liquid in the bowl. This liquid can be enjoyed as a beverage. Bake the halves at 400˚F for 20 minutes to help separate the meat from the shell. Use a flat screwdriver to wedge pry the meat and shell apart. Using a peeler, remove the skin of the meat. Then grate or grind the meat as you like.
Why It's Great
Cholesterol free, very low sodium, good source of fiber.