Tuesday, January 18, 2011

How to Open a Thai Coconut

If you've never enjoyed a Thai Coconut before because you were intimidated by how to open it, I will show you how it's done!  First of all, it is very messy.  You may want to do it outside on a cement patio for the first attempt, where you can easily sweep the coconut pieces to the grass.  You will get coconut all over the counter and floor of your kitchen if you decide to open it there, so keep that in mind!

When choosing a Thai Coconut make sure there are no pink or moldy spots on the bottom of the coconut.  That could be a sign of a bad coconut.

Step 1: Remove the plastic from your Thai Coconut, pick out a large heavy duty knife and start striking the edge of the coconut as pictured here:

Step 2: Go all around the outside edge until water leaks out, sometimes it will gush out, so be prepared.  Have a large glass handy so you can set it on the glass to pour out.  If the water doesn't pour, poke the spot where its been cut open with a knife to make the hole bigger.

Step 3: Once the water is completely emptied you can start going around the outside of the coconut again until it's opened completely up. Your coconut should be white on the inside. Use a metal spoon to scoop out the pulp.  This can be eaten as is or blended in a smoothie or made into a raw pudding.  My kids like it straight out of the shell as a refreshing snack.

This is what a bad coconut looks like inside...
Don't eat it!  Take it back to the store if it's pink or grey.  It should be bright white.

Thai coconut water is great for hydration if your children ever get sick and have vomiting or diarrhea.  It is also good to have during sporting events that last more than one hour or that are played outside in the hot weather.  You can buy it canned, you don't have to drink it raw, but it is difficult to match the taste of raw coconut water!


Anonymous said...

I stopped by Hoover's today and picked one of these up. Thanks for the article. This will be our after school project. How fun!

Anonymous said...

Trying this tomorrow. Picked one up from the Asian market around the corner from Dandy.