Wondering how to cut a coconut in half? Here’s a step-by-step guide with photos, showing you how to do it easily and safely.
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Gather your materials
Cutting a coconut in half may seem daunting, but with the proper tools and a little bit of know-how, it’s actually quite simple! Before you begin, make sure you have a sharp knife and a cutting board. If you’re working with a fresh coconut, you’ll also need a screwdriver or drill. If you’re working with a pre-cut coconut, you can skip this step.
You will need a sharp knife, a cutting board, and a coconut.
Gather your materials. You will need a sharp knife, a cutting board, and a coconut. Place the coconut on the cutting board. Use the knife to make two incisions in the coconut, one at each end. Turn the coconut so that it can stand on one of the flat sides. Use the knife to cut the coconut in half, starting at one of the incisions and following along the curve of the fruit.
Place the coconut on the cutting board.
Before cutting into the coconut, you’ll need to drain the water from inside. To do this, find the “three eyes” on one end of the coconut. Using a sharp knife, poke holes into two of the eyes, then turn the coconut over a bowl and allow the water to drain out.
Once the water has drained, flip the coconut back over so that it’s resting on the two drainage holes. You’ll now be able to see where the hard outer shell meets the softer inner flesh. Place the coconut on a cutting board and, using a sharp knife, slice through this line until you’ve cut the coconut in half.
Find the “equator” of the coconut.
One easy way to cut a coconut in half is to find the “equator” of the coconut. This is the line that goes around the center of the coconut, dividing it into two equal halves. To find the equator, look for the three soft spots on the outside of the coconut. These spots are where the eyes of the coconut are located.
Once you have found the three soft spots, use a sharp knife to make a cut from one soft spot to another. You should now have two equal halves of the coconut.
Place the knife at the top of the coconut and hit it with the heel of your hand to make a small dent.
Place the knife at the top of the coconut and hit it with the heel of your hand to make a small dent. You want to hit it hard enough to make a small dent, but not so hard that you crack the coconut.
Once you have made a small dent, place the coconut on a cutting board and cut it in half using a sawing motion. Again, be careful not to crack the coconut. Once you have cut it in half, you can use a spoon to scoop out the coconut meat.
Turn the coconut so the knife is pointing downwards and slice it in half.
Turn the coconut so the knife is pointing downwards and slice it in half. You will need a very sharp knife for this. Use a back and forth slicing motion rather than trying to saw through the coconut as this will make it more likely that you will slip and hurt yourself.
Once you have cut the coconut in half, you can then use a smaller knife to remove the inner flesh from the shell. Be very careful when doing this as the shell can be quite sharp. You may also find it easier to use a spoon to scoop out the flesh.
Cutting a coconut in half is not as difficult as it may seem but it is important to be very careful when doing so. Always use a sharp knife and make sure that you keep your fingers well away from the blade. If you are not confident in your ability to do this, then ask someone else to help you.
Enjoy your coconut!
How to Cut a Coconut in Half
Coconuts are delicious, and luckily, they’re not too difficult to cut open. You’ll need a sharp knife, a bowl, and a bit of elbow grease. Follow these steps and you’ll have mission accomplished in no time.
1. Start by tapping the coconut all over with the back of your knife. You want to crack the hard outer shell so that it’s easier to cut through.
2. Next, place the coconut in the bowl and use your knife to cut it in half lengthwise. Be extra careful as you’re doing this—coconuts can be slippery!
3. Once you’ve cut the coconut in half, pry open the two halves with your fingers or a spoon. If the flesh is stuck to the shell, use your knife to loosen it up a bit.
4. And that’s it! Now you can enjoy your coconut plain or add it to your favorite recipe. Just be sure to save those lovely halves—they make great cups for smoothies or other drinks