3 Ways to Open a Coconut

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3 Ways to Open a Coconut
3 Ways to Open a Coconut

Coconuts are delicious and versatile fruits that are even better when eaten fresh. Many people are afraid to buy the whole fruit because they think they will need some heavy tool - a drill, a saw, etc. - to open it. Fortunately, you can peel it off with simple household items, which include the oven (read more in the second section of the text) and a simple mallet or hammer (third section). Finally, when you manage to open the coconut, you will only need a knife and a peeler to extract the ready-made pulp.


Method 1 of 3: Extracting Coconut Water

Open to Coconut Step 1

Step 1. Punch a hole in the top of the coconut

In this region, there are three entries in the shell. One of them is usually weaker; when you find it, use a knife to make a hole about 1.3 centimeters.

You can also use a metal toothpick or drill to pierce this part of the coconut shell

Step 2. Turn the coconut upside down over a cup

Place the hole you just made over the container to make it easier to collect the water.

  • It is also possible to use a bowl to collect the water - but the cup facilitates the process, as it supports the coconut during extraction.
  • Finally, you can also use a dispenser.

Step 3. Wait for all the liquid from the coconut to be extracted

Leave the fruit upside down on the glass for a few minutes. You may have to shake it a few times to get all the water out.

  • If you decide to take the coconut to the oven to soften the skin, extract all the water first, or the fruit may explode if heated too long.
  • If you want to use a mallet to open the coconut, you don't need to extract the water first. However, it's better to do this drainage anyway, or you could make the kitchen messy.
  • Extract about 120-180 ml of water from the coconut.
  • Fresh coconut water has a sweet taste. If it is oily, it is because the fruit is rotten and unfit for consumption.

Method 2 of 3: Using the Oven to Open the Coconut

Open to Coconut Step 4

Step 1. Preheat the oven

It will only be able to soften the coconut shell if it is at a high temperature, of 190° Celsius.

Step 2. Put the coconut on a baking sheet and leave it in the oven for ten minutes

Or, if you prefer, take it off when you notice cracks in the fruit peel.

  • If the coconut doesn't crack after ten minutes, leave it in the oven longer, until you notice a significant change. See how he is from time to time so you don't overdo it.
  • If you're in a hurry, take the coconut to the microwave. Put it on a plate and heat it on medium-high power for three minutes.
Open to Coconut Step 6

Step 3. Take the coconut out of the oven and wrap it in a dish towel

When it starts to crack, take the pan out of the oven and let it cool for two or three minutes. Then wrap the fruit in a dish towel.

Step 4. Put the coconut in a garbage bag and smack it hard against its shell

Do not remove the fruit from the cloth for now. Twist the ends of the bag to close it and tap it against a hard surface a few times until it shatters.

The harder the surface, the easier it is to break the coconut shell. Concrete locations are most ideal

Step 5. Put a knife between the coconut husk and pulp to separate them

After shredding the fruit, take it out of the bag and dish towel. Take all the pieces and put a knife between the skin and the white pulp to separate them; be careful.

  • You don't need to use a sharp blade to separate the pulp from the husk. Start with a butter knife and only advance to something more powerful if necessary.
  • Firm the pieces of coconut on the table or counter when separating the shell from the pulp.

Step 6. Remove the fiber pieces from the pulp

After separation, there may still be some brown fibers on the white pulp. Use a peeler to remove them - as you would a tomato or the like. Then you will finally be able to eat the fruit.

If you don't have access to a peeler, use a sharp knife to remove the pulp fibers; be careful

Method 3 of 3: Slicing the Coconut With a Sledgehammer

Step 1. Cover the coconut with a towel and hold it

After extracting the liquid from the fruit, put it on a towel. Use your non-dominant hand to steady the coconut so that the uncovered part is in front of you.

If you prefer, place the coconut on a table or counter. However, you'll have to adjust it as you go to crack the entire shell

Step 2. Turn the coconut over and beat the shell with a mallet until it cracks

Hold it with the dish towel and only stop when it splits in two.

  • Metal mallets are the best tools for this operation.
  • If you don't have access to a mallet, use a hammer.

Step 3. Break the skin and place the fruit on a surface, with the cut side facing down

When the entire outside of the coconut is cracked, use your fingers to split it in two on the table or counter.

If you can't break the coconut like this, repeat the previous step (beat the shell with the mallet). It could be that the fruit is still whole at some points

Step 4. Turn the coconut halves face down and beat them with the mallet to soften the flesh

This will make it easier to separate the edible parts from the rest.

  • Smash all surfaces of the shell halves with the mallet to loosen the pulp well.
  • Don't worry if the coconut halves break into smaller pieces when hit. This can even facilitate the extraction of the pulp.

Step 5. Pass a knife between the coconut shell and pulp to separate them

After the previous step, insert the blade between the edible parts and the rest of the fruit. Be careful to make the separation and repeat the process with all the pieces.

Use a butter knife to avoid the risk of cutting yourself while separating the pulp

Step 6. Take the fibers out of the pulp

Even after the pulp and husk are separated, the coconut will still contain some fine, brownish fibers. Use the peeler to carefully remove them.

After separating the pulp from the coconut shell, you can eat it or prepare any dish


The liquid inside the coconut is not coconut milk, but water with a sweet taste. It is a natural component of the fruit and changes color or flavor depending on how ripe the coconut is. Coconut milk, in turn, is an industrialized product made from oil extracted from fresh earth with boiling water. If you like, you can even prepare it yourself


  • Never try to open a coconut at the base of the bite; in addition to failing, you may even break your teeth.
  • Be very careful when hitting the shell with the mallet. Use force, but not to the point where you lose control of the tool and hit your hand by accident.
  • Do not put the coconut in the oven before extracting the water. It can explode if heated too long and the liquid can evaporate, creating a high internal pressure point.

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