how to crack a coconutUsing fresh coconut really does make a difference sometimes, but I was always afraid of cracking it open.  Turns out, it was no big deal.  My store had easy-crack coconuts, but it did not really make a difference.

Here goes:

1.  Use a clean nail and using a hammer, poke three holes in the eyes of the coconut.  Pour the water into a measuring cup.

2.  Put the coconut in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.  Wrap the coconut in a towel and give it a nice whack with a hammer or mallet.

3.  Separate the flesh from the shell.  Mine sort of popped out, but certain spots needed a little help from a knife to release.

4.  Make gorgeous shavings using a vegetable peeler.

how to crack a coconut