Caveman Cuisine: Busting a Coconut (step by step)

Love fresh coconut but hate those pesky shells?  Follow these easy steps and soon you'll be on your way to busting your own coconut!

Ingredients:
1 fresh coconut
1 large bowl
1 sturdy hammer
Hard surface
Plastic bag 
Step 1: Supplies
Get your bowl, hammer, and coconut situated on or near a hard surface.  You could also put down some old newspaper or paper towels if you are fastidious about dirt/grit getting into your food.  (Real cavemen eat dirt for breakfast, but I digress...)

  


Step 2: Hammer Time
Hold the coconut firmly against the hard surface and give it a whack just till it cracks.  Hold the coconut over the bowl to collect the water inside (drink this stuff straight up or save for later).  Once all the water has drained out, smack it a few more times to break the coconut in half.
 


Step 3: Completely bust the coconut
Place one half of the coconut on the hard surface (open side down) and hammer it into small/medium sized pieces.  Repeat with the other half and collect all the coconut meat and pieces of shell that still have meat stuck to them.




Step 4: Fork it good
Use the tines of a fork to separate the pieces of meat from the remaining shell.
 



Step 5: Rinse
Wash off all the shell bits, coconut fiber, and dirt from the coconut meat.
 


Step 6: Bag it up
Use a paper towel to pat dry the pieces of coconut meat, put them in a plastic bag, and store in the fridge/freezer to keep fresh.  Fresh coconut is great for a quick snack, for smoothies, baking, etc.

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About Tony Fed

Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.
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