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.
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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