The process: Cracking open the coconut
Purchase a fresh coconut!
1. Drain the coconut. (This makes less of a mess when you crack open the coconut) There are three holes on one side of the coconut. Find the softest hole and insert a nail. Tap on the head of the nail until it goes straight through. If it’s hard to tap into then you haven’t found the softest hole. Once you’re tapped in, set the coconut on a glass to drain.
2. Cutting open the coconut…we tried two different methods:
Method 1: Look for the seem that runs between the eyes, follow that seem to the equator of the coconut. Using a hammer tap firmly around the equator line until the coconut splits.
Method 2: Holding the coconut firmly in the palm of your hand, lunge the coconut into a hard sharp corner (we used concrete steps)
After both attempts, nothing. We decided to go back to method one and after numerous times it finally cracked open. yeah!
Making fresh coconut milk
1. Remove the outer brown shell from the coconut using a knife or chisel/hammer. Break the coconut into small pieces and grate on a metal grater until you get 1 cup of shredded coconut.
2. Add the 1 cup of shredded coconut to a blender along with 1 cup of hot water. Blend for 2-3 minutes.
3. Position a metal mesh strainer over a large cup ( I like to use a glass liquid measuring cup and my mini strainer (purchased at Target) sits right on top)
4. Pour the blended coconut/water mixture into the strainer until full. Using a spoon, push down the mixture so the juice is running out from the bottom. After a while you’ll notice the mixture in the strainer becomes dry.
5. At this point you’ll want to take the dry mixture and put it back into the blender to be mixed again. This time add 1/2 cup of hot water and blend for 1 minute. Repeat straining process.
*Now you are ready to enjoy a warm cup of fresh coconut milk, if you don’t like it warm add an ice cube and enjoy! 🙂