How to Crack a Coconut
Using 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.
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.