Fresh coconut is a completely different, more delicious animal than the pre-shredded stuff you buy in a bag. Getting to the tasty flesh inside a whole coconut can feel a little bit like breaking into Fort Knox though. Luckily, Saveur is here to show us an easy way to get crackin' with nothing more than a hammer and a screw driver.
To open up the delicious drupe, create three holes in the top by gently tapping the business end of a screwdriver into the "eyes" with a hammer. Pour out the water (or funnel in some rum and stick a straw in there) and gently hammer around the circumference of the fruit until it splits in two.
Scrape out the flesh with a spoon or coconut scraper, and enjoy in cakes, cocktails, or immediately.
Basics: How to Crack a Coconut [Saveur]