If you want to open a coconut and have never done it before, you may have some difficulties. First you need to drain coconut’s liquid. Find the three dents on coconut’s surface and poke a hole in them with a sharp object. For example, you can use a wine opener. Now turn the coconut upside down and drain the liquid into a cup. You will get clear coconut oil which is perfectly fine to drink. Although it is not particularly tasty, it is very good for rehydration and is very rich in potassium. It comes recommended to athletes.
Now put the coconut on a plank and hit it with a meat chopper or a hatchet. Several hits right down the middle and the crust should crack. You should be very careful. Never let children play and try to open a coconut. Practice makes perfect.
Remove crust from the edible matter carefully, using a kitchen knife. When peeled, insides of a coconut are white and the outer layer is darker. The darker outer layer is simply peeled off with a knife. The white edible matter can be eaten raw or be used in many forms as a cooking ingredient.
How to make coconut flour?
You can buy or make your own home version of coconut flour and pancakes! Put the white coconut meat on a piece of baking paper and toss it in the oven turned on to 100 °C. Leave it to dry for 15 minutes. Grind down the dry pieces of coconut and you will get your flour. It doesn’t contain gluten and has a lot of fibers. It can be used by diabetics. It’s commonly used for cookies and cakes.
How to make coconut milk?
Coconut milk can be bought or made at home. Chop up small pieces of coconut and rinse them off in water. Put them in a blender. Add heated water. The right ratio is half a liter of water on each whole coconut. It doesn’t have to be that precise. You can make it thicker or thinner, depending on your own taste and needs. Blend them thoroughly and then filter the content into a proper container. Put your coconut milk into a fridge. You can drink it or use it as a cooking ingredient.
Is coconut oil healthy?
Coconut oil is made by mechanically squeezing dried coconuts in large mills. Temperatures don’t go above 70 °C in this process. In traditional rural production temperatures may climb up to 120 °C. Coconut oil has high caloric value and contains plenty of saturated fatty acids, but many people still use it to lose excess weight. According to some sources, coconut oil is easily and quickly converted into energy and does not linger inside the body in any potentially harmful manner. It’s even used to reduce bad cholesterol level. Still, this should be taken with some reserve, as research on coconut oil’s effect on cholesterol level and weight loss is still ongoing. Surely a lot of things rest on the process of coconut oil production itself.
Coconut oil is good for athletes, diabetics, people with heart conditions, people with irritable bowels, people suffering from chronic fatigue… Coconut oil has antimicrobial, antiviral and antibacterial properties. It also shows good antioxidant qualities. It is often used in cosmetic products industry because it’s great for skin and hair care. If used in moderate amounts in nutrition, it’s absolutely not harmful. This oil has been looked down upon for a long time because people thought it was unhealthy, but that’s not true.