What To Do with A Whole Coconut

Did you ever feel intimidated looking at a whole coconut at the grocery store? If you answered yes to that question just know that you're not alone. Coconut are extremely nutritious, Delicious and not as hard to deal with as one might think. Coconuts can hydrate you after a long workout or can be used as a snack throughout that day. After you finish the liquid inside the coconut, you throw out the coconut right? No wrong save it and make a bowl out of it so that you can use it for an acai bowl or make tons of recipes with the meat of the coconut.


  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut meat
  • Coconut water
  • Coconut butter
  • Shredded coconut
  • Coconut flour

When choosing a coconut, there are a few things to keep in mind:
  1. Shop at stores that have regular turnover (this is a great general tip for buying most items like produce, spices, meat, etc.) – this will increase your chances of getting a fresh one.
  2. Look at the eyes of the coconut, which are three small dots at one end. Check for mold and ensure they are dry.
  3. Check the entire coconut for mold, cracks or sogginesss. A damp coconut likely means that there is a crack or multiple cracks and the water has started to drain out.
  4. Shake the coconut gently – a fresh coconut full of water will feel heavy and you'll hear the water sloshing.

How to Crack Open the Coconut:
The first step in using a fresh, whole coconut is cracking the darn thing open! This part of the process can be tricky, yet once you get the hang of it you'll feel more confident in your coconut-cracking skills. There are many ways under the sun to crack a coconut, but these are the methods that we (and our students in the 

The Screwdriver/Hammer Method

  1. Pierce the three eyes of the coconut. You can do this by taking a screwdriver and gently pressing into them to make holes, or tap the screwdriver lightly with a hammer to help the process along. When the skin is pierced, drain out the water.
  2. Place the coconut on a tea towel so it doesn't roll around. Tap around the centre of the coconut with a hammer, turning it around as you go, until it cracks in half (you may not get perfect halves and may have some extra pieces).
  3. Scoop the coconut meat out of the skin by running a knife along the skin. If the meat is super soft, you may be able to use a spoon.

Toll-Free Method

  1. Find a sharp and pointy surface, like a rock (extra points if you're on a beach!).
  2. Have a bowl ready to quickly catch the coconut water. Drive the coconut into the point until the coconut skin is pierced.
  3. Drain the water into a bowl.
  4. Continue to bang the coconut on the pointy surface, turning it around as you go, until it cracks.
  5. Scoop the coconut meat out of the skin by running a knife along the skin. If the meat is super soft, you may be able to use a spoon.