We use a corkscrew to open a hole and drain out the water. Very simple. You can crack open the coconut afterward with a hard blow with the back of a heavy knife/cleaver, or on any hard object (we use the edge of our stone fireplace, lol.) Then we put both halves of the cocnut in the freezer for about 30 minutes. The meat shrinks from the cold more than the shell does and it helps you scoop it out a bit easier.