Don't you love getting the opportunity to use tools in the kitchen?
Me too! So when I saw a coconut I couldn't pass it up...
Of course it didn't start out open. I had to do that. :)
Use a CLEAN Philips head screw driver to punch a hole in the soft "eye" on the coconut. Just try each of the 3 dimples and one will be softer than the others.
Then empty all that tasty coconut water into a glass.
Make sure you shake it all out...
Now the really fun part. If you have a little helper they'll LOVE this...
Grab your hammer and give it a whack!
This coconut was pre scored so all we had to do was smack it along the line. :)
Now you'll want to hit it a few more times so it's in some slightly smaller pieces.
Then you want to remove the shell. I just pry it out by wedging a paring knife between the flesh & shell. Keep at it and it'll just pop out.
After you remove the shell there will still be skin on it. Use a veggie peeler to remove the skin.
With Shell - With Skin - Clean
Now you want to break it up a bit more and toast the flesh.
350° for 5-10 minutes.
- I, of course, forgot to do this. It still tastes ok but toasting it really brings out the flavor. :)
NOW ideally you can make coconut butter by just pureeing the coconut.
It takes a LONG time in the food processor but it's totally worth it.
I've made it a couple times before and it's always worked.
BUT NOT THIS TIME. :(
I'm not sure what went wrong...
into the processor
chop, chop, chop
After 10-20 minutes it should look like butter.
It looked like paste.
But at least you know how to open a coconut. :)
And I PROMISE just pureeing it will normally make you delicious coconut butter...
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