So, you’ve got a load of coconuts but you don't know how to crack them. Fear not: here's how …
They're the ingredient of the moment but they're a tough nut to crack. So what's the best way?
Kit needed: Nail, hammer and bowl.
Pros: More sophisticated than it looks, this technique involves hammering a nail or screwdriver into each of the coconut's eyes (poor fella) then draining the coconut water into a bowl. Whack the whole thing repeatedly in a circular motion until it cracks.
Cons: Watch your fingers. Ouch!
Kit needed: A rock. Oh, and your inner caveman.
Pros: Handy if you find yourself in the wild. Or on The Island with Bear Grylls where coconuts are pretty much all you have.
Cons: You'll look like an ape while you're doing it and you'll lose the water (unless you drain your coconut first).
Kit needed: Rolling pin, tea towel and a flat surface (the ground will do).
Pros: Recommended by Homemade's food team as the safest method they've tried (and let's face much better than the traditional method of using the blunt side of a blade). Simply wrap your coconut in a tea towel, place on a flat surface and give it a single firm whack with the rolling pin in the centre.
Cons: You'll need to drain it beforehand (but that's easy with a corkscrew).
Kit needed: An oven.
Pros: For those less confrontational, put your coconut in a baking tray (to catch the water) and leave in a preheated oven (190°C) for 10 minutes until you see a crack developing like this one. You'll still need to bash it to bits but it'll take much less effort.
Cons: We don't think there is one.
Though fair play, she does get it open …
Homemade cannot take responsibility for any injuries resulting from the methods listed above. Please take care and use the proper safety precautions.