How to Grate Fresh Coconut
Don't get intimidated grating coconut, it might be easier for you than I described it.
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How to Crack Open a Coconut
When buying a mature coconut, husk is usually removed. If not, remove and clean it with a knife.
Hit coconut with the
back of a butcher knife
. Some people use a hammer.
Rotate the coconut while hitting it with the back of knife.
Get a bowl if you want to save the coconut water.
When it cracks, coconut water will drip. Drain the coconut water.
To cut the coconut in half insert a knife on the crack and use it to pry open the coconut.
Using a Coconut Grater or Shredder
Place the coconut grater on a chair with the grater protruding. Place a bowl below the grater to catch the grated coconut.
Rotate the coconut to grate it evenly. Look at the inside of the coconut to make sure you are not close to grating the brown covering of the coconut meat.
Put the grated coconut in the fridge if not using right away.
If you have grated coconut left over, place it in a zip lock or container and store it in the freezer.
Using a Food Processor
Cut and pry the white meat from the coconut using a knife and spoon.
Remove the dark brown skin at the back of the coconut meat with a knife.
Put coconut meat in a food processor. Pulsing, grate or grind for 15 to 20 seconds.
Transfer grated coconut to a bowl. It is ready to use.
Use the back of a butcher knife when trying to crack open a coconut. Be careful not to loose a finger or hand.
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