How to Break Down a Coconut

Chefs in Food Network Kitchens show Food Network Magazine how to crack open a coconut.

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Photo By: Kang Kim ©2012, Kang Kim

Photo By: Kang Kim ©2012, Kang Kim

Photo By: Kang Kim ©2012, Kang Kim

Photo By: Kang Kim ©2012, Kang Kim

Photo By: Kang Kim ©2012, Kang Kim

Photo By: Kang Kim ©2012, Kang Kim

Poke the three eyes with a skewer to find the one that's soft. Push the skewer through the soft eye, working it in to create a 1/2-inch hole.

Drain the water, shaking the coconut to release all of the liquid. (You should get 1/2 to 3/4 cup coconut water.)

Holding the coconut with a towel, firmly tap it with a meat mallet or hammer, turning as needed, until the shell starts cracking in half.

Split the shell, then put the coconut cut side down on a flat surface. Tap with the mallet to loosen the flesh.

Carefully pry the flesh away from the shell with a butter knife.

Using a vegetable peeler or paring knife, peel the thin brown skin off the flesh.

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