How To Crack Open a Young Coconut

When you are feeling wilted and tired, nothing seems to hydrate better than the water from a fresh, young coconut. This is because it contains minerals like potassium, sodium, and magnesium that allow for water to pass through cellular pumps and hydrate your cells. Not to mention, the flavor of fresh young coconut water is absolutely delicious! Learn how to crack open a fresh coconut with this simple video. 

Drinking coconut water from a box and drinking it from a coconut are literally two different experiences. So many people are trying the canned or boxed products and then stating that coconut water is not all that its cracked up to be by the media. It's obvious to me that these people have not cracked up their own coconut! 

How to Crack Open a Coconut

 

Here's what you'll need:

1.     An organic young coconut. The organic piece is really important. Non-organic coconuts can be treated with chemicals that may be harmful to the person who is handling the coconut, especially children.

2.     A cleaver that is sharp and hefty. Make sure it is something that you feel would not dent or break easily.

3.    A 4-cup liquid glass measuring cup. You'll need a wide container (not a cup or a glass) to catch all of the coconut water when you pour it out. 

Directions:

Remove plastic wrapping on the coconut and place it on a hard, flat surface like a countertop. 

Using a cleaver, make 4 cuts on the top pointy part of the coconut in a square pattern. 

Pop off the small piece of the coconut you just cut. 

Pour the water into a 4-cup measuring cup and serve in small cups (we like to use 8-ounce jam jars)!   

Yield: about 2 cups

 

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Comments

I loved your video showing how to get the water from a coconut. Are these coconuts the same as the brown ones in the grocery store? Also, I've ordered your Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and the Elimination Diet book. Can't wait to read them and try the recipes. When I find an organic coconut like the one you have, I hope I'll be able to open it and get the water. You make it look so easy. Thanks for your videos.

Thanks for your question Kathy!

I am so glad you liked the video! Isn't Camille just an angel!

The brown coconuts are mature coconuts. They will have a different taste and fluid content. The meat in side is usually thicker and tougher. You will find getting the meat out of them to be much harder. But...they are still delicious!

Those white coconuts are called "young" coconuts. They may be in the refridgerator section of your grocery store. 

I hope you find them soon! They are the perfect beverage in this Summer heat!

Good luck to you!

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