How to open a coconut

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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.
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Step 1: Gather your materials

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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

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The Coconut is surrounded by a large cover of bast which we must get rid off 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.
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Thank you! I could never do it without your instructions!!! It is the first time I have it peel the bast off! And nobody else start their instructions from the very first step!!!!!

Lemartes7 years ago
Mmkay, so I opened my coconut... how am I supposed to EAT it? At least I can still make Monty Python horse FX.
are you suggesting coconuts migrate? i suppose a swallow could have carried it. its not a matter of gripping it…
bfallica smashbob6 months ago

African swallow or European swallow?

All you neeed is patsy for your clippity clop advetures.
wood floats like???
shes a witch burn her
cnuteasy1 year ago
I know an easiest way to open coconut shell.

Enjoy CoCo Easy.
unusedname1 year ago
Nice job on your instructable. By the way for all you guys just wanting to know, a rock works just fine. I just went out side and found a fist sized rock and did with it what is described with a hammer here. Yummy coconut!
J-Five1 year ago
Anyone have any dynamite???
Misac-kun1 year ago
A hammer, is something i must add to my Emergency Kit.
Great. I will have to try this. Your instructions are perfect. Thanks.
raziz3 years ago
errr.. you grind the white meat, you can add a little water then squeeze the ground meat to get "coconut milk" and mix with something else in a drink, the water inside the shell it the isotonic "coconut juice". if you poke a young coconut, the juice will squirt out and the best one will taste carbonated/fizzy.
Foaly75 years ago
Is there anywhere you can buy a coconut with the husk still on it?
uwe (author)  Foaly75 years ago
Sorry, I have not seen them in shpos with husk. But maybe there are some specialized fruit shops ...
steed11726 years ago
that ain't how you do it...... u smack it right in the middle! (make sure u do this over a bowl or something, otherwise you will get milk all over the place)
Please note: Coconut milk is an ingredient made from coconut juice, not the liquid already in the coconut. The liquid in the coconut is called coconut juice or coconut water.
uwe (author)  Foaly75 years ago
Thanks for the clarification
This method is a bit neater. I've seen another method where you use a sharp stick to crack a line along the circumfrenece of the coconut. I think that was on Man vs. Wild lol.
sharlston5 years ago
i always cut coconut right in half with my homemade axe

always works your method works good aswell
bdahl5 years ago
where is the clue?
manadhon5 years ago
this is going to be very useful if your stranded on a deserted island
not if it doesn't have a coconut tree T.T
chadtaylor5 years ago
Hey, thanks for demystifying this for me! I just picked 8 coconuts from the trees in our yard in Mexico. Using just the claw side of the hammer I stripped those babies down. Then I used a power drill to make small holes in the nut -- one at each pole -- and the water just poured right out. It made a half-gallon of coco water and about a pound of the sweet meat. I found that after draining the nut of its water, the hollow nut is easy to crack into 2 halves, like little bowls, by smacking it against a hard surface. It cracks right around its little equator almost every time. Now, on to the coconut ice cream!
canno6 years ago
great next time i get a coconut i know how to open it xP if my parents ever let me near a hammer XD 5/5
careylyn6 years ago
This is great advice... what a concept! Tapping in a circle. I love it... you can save the main of it & mix a boat drink inside :)
wupme6 years ago
And i always used a powerdrill to create a hole (to drink the milk), and then a big screwdriver to break it open (with raw force). I never actually thought about this method, but i used it before for other things, like breaking bottles in my hand (Kids DONT TRY THAT AT HOME).
lesrebnav6 years ago
hello, nice instructable here in new caledonia ,where I living, we use a pickaxe blocked in a rock or a mining bar, or to give some eat to the pigs we use an axe tu cut in two separate elements. (sorry too for my no-native english) thierry
Kiteman6 years ago
Good job - all the excuse I need to buy a new hammer!
Hah. Quite an interesting reason.
Czyne6 years ago
Handy instructions. I always either used a power drill or a hammer to whack a screwdriver into it so I could drink the juice with a straw, then threw it on the ground until it split open - of course none of mine ever came with a bast. Your method is far more efficient.
damax30006 years ago
great job this is very helpfull ha those coconuts are really ripe
smashbob6 years ago
coconuts are AMAZING! this is an easy way to open coconuts. thanks. good english. good instructable also.
Kaiven6 years ago
Nice Instructable! Your English is very nice, and easy to follow. This may come in hany one day... +5!
Nice instructable, i liek this one, it's nice to know...I almost stabbed myself several times, my dad's way. (requires holding the nut between your feet on the ground and leaning over ti with a power drill :\)
I tried opening my coconut by putting it in a vice first then drill it , but i tightened the vice too much and it made a really loud crack that was slightly louder than a 20 gauge shot gun. I still got the meat but i was scared
gmoon6 years ago
Hey, thanks! This really works... I whack it with a file instead of a hammer, great results...
Obsessive6 years ago
Nice. I "love" coconuts. I sometimes eat packs of coconut shreds by the spoon full. : )
you can do it with a quick, strong rap with the back of a butter knife too. That's what they do in Samoa.
alissia7 years ago
haha yes it is called meat silly
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