Introduction: How to Open a Coconut
This instructable will show you how to open a coconut with just a hammer the stylish way. I learned this method last year on a sailing holiday.
With this instructable i want to say thank you for the nice sailing trip through the Yasawa Islands in Fiji.
This is my first instructable so please be gentle with me. I'm also a non native english speaker so please correct me where i use inappropriate words.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
All you need is a hammer and of course a coconut. The screwdriver is not needed. (Picture 1)
If you got the coconut in a store it probably comes already "bare" so you can skip the "peeling" step.
I got mine from directly under a coconut palm, so i had to peel the bast off (Picture 2, it is the Blue lagoon, yes the one where they made the film)
Step 2: Peeling the Coconut
The Coconut is surrounded by a large cover of bast which we must get rid of before we can open the coconut.
To do so hammer thin slices into the bast hood of the coconut (picture 1). The bast hood is really strong so make your slices thin.
If you finished hammering your slice rip it off (picture 2 and 3).
Repeat the hammering/ripping steps until your coconut is completely bare.
You'll be surprised how small the coconut is compared to the bast cover, at least i was (picture 4).
Note: To rip the bast cover off you can also use a chopping knife or something bigger, but I love my fingers (all ten of them) and this would also add another tool to our material list.
Step 3: Top Off
Before I learned this method all opening methods involved excessive power (which means destroying the nut in any way) or the use of tools you can't carry around with you (like putting the coconut in an hot oven to crack the nut).
This new method can be done by anyone, even children (if they know how to safely use a hammer) :
- Take the bare coconut in one hand and the hammer in the other.
- Easily hammer around the nut, describing a circle around the top of the nut. There is no need for hammering strong.
- After a few circles of hammering the coconut will begin to crack open just under the circular line you have hammered (picture 2).
- After 2 or 3 more hammering circles the top of the coconut will pop off and you can open it (picture 3)
- Now you can drink the coconut milk and eat the white meat (is it called so?) from the top of the coconut.
Step 4: Further Steps
The circular hammering method works also fine for breaking the coconut into more rings. So you can easily access the rest of the coconut meat.