How to boil coconut

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How to boil coconut
Coconuts can be eaten or used to make beauty products. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Boiling a coconut is an easy process. Using simple materials from the kitchen, you can successfully boil a coconut and retrieve the beneficial and nutritional ingredients locked inside. Coconuts contain approximately 50 per cent lauric acid. Lauric acid is a healthy supplement that is also found in breast milk. By boiling a coconut, you extract lauric acid as well as the sweet taste of coconut milk. Coconuts provide other benefits such as treating acne and making soap.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Knife
  • Corkscrew
  • Bowl
  • Meat cleaver
  • Spoon
  • Chopping board
  • Large cooking pot
  • Glass jar
  • Strainer
  • Plastic storage container

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  1. 1

    Peel the hairy skin off the coconut using a knife. This exposes the green fruit of the coconut.

  2. 2

    Pierce three sides of the coconut with a corkscrew. Place the corkscrew on the outside surface of the coconut. Twist the top of the corkscrew until the hole penetrates the centre of the coconut. Drain the liquid into a bowl.

  3. 3

    Crack open the coconut with a meat cleaver. Strike the middle of the coconut with the meat cleaver. The coconut should split in half. Because the shell of the coconut is extremely hard, it may take a few tries to crack it open.

  4. 4

    Scoop the coconut fruit from the shell using a spoon. The coconut fruit is the white portion located on the inside of the coconut.

  5. 5

    Place the fruit of the coconut on a chopping board. Slice the coconut into 1-inch-by-1-inch pieces using a knife. Cutting small chunks makes boiling the coconut more manageable.

  6. 6

    Put the coconut chunks in a large cooking pot.

  7. 7

    Pour 6 cups of water into the pot. The water line should cover the coconut chunks. Add more water as necessary.

  8. 8

    Boil the coconut and water over high heat. Boil for 10 minutes.

  9. 9

    Pour the coconut and water through a strainer into a glass jar. The cooking water can be saved and used for other purposes.

  10. 10

    Remove the boiled coconuts from the strainer. Place them in a plastic storage container for future use.

Tips and warnings

  • Drink fresh coconut water for health.
  • Coconut water and boiled coconut are used in many recipes.

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