Welcome to my first ever Koko’s Kitchen video tutorial! I am sooo excited to share this with you and to be able to start doing more videos like this. This first video is a raw foods basic skill. Young coconuts are in tons of raw food recipes, yet so many people think that opening a coconut is a super daunting task! I just wanted to take the time to show you how easy it is, so that you can make this raw coconut cream pie or this raw coconut chocolate pudding…well what are you waiting for!?

*I’ll make the video wide screen next time… #technicaldifficulties

**I’ve also posted step by step directions below

***I need a manicure

1. Get a young coconut. You can find these at health food stores, places like Whole Foods, or at Asian food stores. Also, get a sharp knife.

2. Turn your coconut on it’s side

3. Shave the husk down until you see and feel the brown inner part.

4. It should look like this. Now you are ready to find the 3 lines the coconut has.

5. After you have found the 3 divisions, locate the largest area. Depending on the coconut, this can be very easy…or slightly more difficult- just follow your heart 😉 . Luckily I picked an easy one!

6. Whack the heel of your knife into the largest area a few times. You should be cracking the shell.

7. Once you have made a nice little opening on the largest area, use your knife to pry up the ‘lid’ of the coconut.

Coconut water may splash….

Voila! There is your lovely opened coconut! Now pour the water into a glass for drinking, or a container for freezing.

Scoop out the meat with a spoon.

If you don’t want to use it right away, coconut meat freezes wonderfully.

  • evan

    Well done! You made it look so easy!

  • Awesome job! I really enjoyed seeing you on video. Looking forward to more! 🙂

  • Great post! I loved the video, very well done 🙂 Look forward to more vids to watch! Now to try attempting this myself..

  • Thanks Mom!

    Thanks Jennifer, you’re too kind! 🙂

    Thanks Kirstie! It was pretty fun to make, though I was kinda nervous!!

  • Bob

    Awesome job. Just noticed the detailed shots and explanation. I bet if you gave someone a coconut and a knife with no instructions they would take half a day to open it and probably wound themselves in the process.

  • Hah! I think that happened to me the first time I got a coconut….I believe some one had to take it into the garage and get the big tools out….!

  • Koko, Congratulations on your first video! You did such a great job – clear, helpful, articulate and, you look fantastic too! :).

    I’m a bit embarrassed to confess that I’ve never had the opportunity to work with a ‘real’ whole coconut before… (they’re not easy to come by in Canada 🙂 – I love the detailed photos and step by step instructions you lay out in your clip – it allows me to enjoy vicariously. One day…! My husband sailed from Hawaii to Australia in his 20s and is always telling me about the extraordinary taste of ‘real’ coconut and how he just can’t go near my desiccated junk ;-).

    Love all the changes you’ve made to your beautiful blog KoKo – looks wonderful!

  • Well done, sweet Koko! 🙂 I loved your 1st video a lot!

    So cool too! 😉

  • oooooh.. super cool. we hardly get coconuts for the reason that some times its just so hard to get into them.. this makes it it so much simpler!

  • Thanks Kelly! I live in Canada, too…you should try looking for coconuts at an Asian grocery store, maybe! Thanks for the kind words about my blog’s new look! 🙂

    Thank you Sophie!

    Thanks for commenting Richa, give it a try!!