Easy Way to Get Coconut Out of the Shell

Easy Way to Get Coconut Out of the ShellIf you are hiking in the tropics, don't pass by an opportunity to pick, crack and eat coconuts fresh from the tree. Coconuts can be eaten green or mature. Either way, coconuts are a delicious and nutritious treat that will provide natural, wholesome energy to sustain you on the trail. All you need is a pocket knife, a cup and a plastic bag to try this easy way to get coconut out of the shell.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Pocket knife
  • Cup
  • Plastic bag
  • Cooler
Step 1
Locate the three "eyes"---round indentations---on the coconut. All coconuts have two hard eyes and one soft eye. Probe the eyes with your pocket knife to determine which eye is the soft one. When you find the soft eye, drill into it with your pocket knife, making a hole large enough to drain the water from the coconut.
Step 2
Tip the coconut so that the coconut water drains into your cup. Smell the water. If it smells sweet, take a sip. If it tastes good, proceed. If it smells or tastes at all moldy, then your coconut is spoiled and you need to discard it and find another one.
Step 3
Place the coconut in a plastic bag and seal it. Drop it on a large rock until the coconut breaks in two. Most of the coconut meat will separate from the shell when the coconut cracks. If any of the meat remains in the shell, insert your pocket knife blade between the coconut shell and the meat and twist. Repeat until the remaining coconut meat is out of the shell.
Step 4
Unless you are shredding the coconut and want it perfectly white, leave the thin brown layer on. Rinse the coconut meat, and eat it or pack it in your cooler.

Tips & Warnings

Coconut water is packed with potassium, so make sure to drink the water that you drain into your cup.
Coconut water stains. Be careful when draining the coconut not to spill the coconut water on your clothing.

Article Written By Elizabeth Grace

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Elizabeth Grace is a freelance writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from Pepperdine University, and has 15 years of experience developing marketing campaigns for universities and multinational corporations.

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