There are many recipes that call for young thai coconuts. It’s a common ingredient used in raw meals. There are many health benefits. Both the water and meat can be frozen too. I have tried many methods of opening a young thai coconut and have found that using a cleaver is the easiest. These instructions can also be found at gardengirlrecipes.com.
Step 1: Trim Top of Coconut
Trim away the top exterior flesh of the coconut with a cleaver.
Step 2: Tap With Cleaver and Open
Gently tap the surface of the coconut with the cleaver making a circle around the trimmed portion. You should be able to lift the trimmed portion and open the coconut.
Step 3: Drain Coconut Water
Drain the coconut water through a sieve.
Step 4: Pull Coconut Meat Out
Using a spatula, gently separate the coconut meat from the walls of the coconut. Once all the meat is separated, pull it out of the coconut.
Step 5: Wash Coconut Meat
Rinse and remove the brown skin that got pulled off with the meat. Generally it peels right off.