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    How do you open a coconut?

    I've been enjoying all types of coconut products, and I've tried a whole mature coconut as well as a young coconut. The problem is, whole coconuts are a pain to open. I usually start out with a sharp butcher knife, then when that doesn't work, take a hammer to it. This gets pretty messy, as the brown husk gets inside. So, after drinking the water, what's your favorite method for opening the rest of a coconut?

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    Crack it open on my skull...
    On a more serious note, an ice pick does wonders.
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    haha

    Sometimes there is an "eye" that can be stabbed and the water can be extracted without spilling. Then I usually whack it against the ground. Coconut is the most fun plant to kill
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    Ice pick in the eye to get the liquid, then my husband uses some big fancy woodworking tool in the garage. Table saw, or a saw type thingy.

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    A Skilsaw would work well too. Maybe a Dremel would, but That I'm not sure if you'd get deep enough. I think Alton Brown recommended a circular saw, jig saw or axe.
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    I was watching Survivorman the other day, and it was the episode where he was stranded on a tropical island with plenty of coconuts. He held the coconut in one hand and used the blade of a boat propeller in the other. He smacked the coconut all the way around with the propeller and it just fell open. I haven't tried this, but I'm guessing the back of a cleaver or other heavy knife could be used in the same way. Personally, I like to smash them on the ground after the water has been drained.

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    If I am in a hurry, having a wide mouth container to catch the water, I strike it just below the eyes with a stout machete or even a hammer.

    Usually, because I use the shell to make things, I will cut just below the eyes with a hack saw. If it is totally dry, I will use a band saw because I can be lazy.

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    I use a tile saw with a wood cutting blade (for hardwood flooring) that is always set up in my garage. I've been known to run my chickens past that blade too. I usually drill two holes in a coconut to get the water first. I do not drill through the eye though. I get a cleaner pour drilling through the side twice.

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    Just put it inside a plastic bag and throw it on the ground.
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    I drill through the eyes to get the water out and then I put it in a large ziploc freezer bag and take a hammer to it.

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