Cracking a coconut can be easy, there are three 'eyes' on the top, stick a screwdriver in one and hit gently with a hammer to reduce the pressure inside, then do the same to another eye and turn the whole thing over and rest on a glass until all the water drips out. I don't bother peeling off the brown skin as I'm not fussed about the coconut butter being a pretty white, and besides the skin is extra fibre! As for the shell, I just squeeze a knife between shell and skin and squeeze it off. As I mentioned i'm not to worried about my blender causing too much heat. The Vitamix is that fast that its done in an instant and it doesn't get too warm, plus, coconut is quite stable at higher temperaturs. I prefer this way than buying stuff that costs a lot more and I don't really know what processing it has had. I doubt the hygiene in the processing houses is as high as UK standards.
..and trying to get the coconut off the shell put me off for life. Unless there's a magic coconut scraper? Re: person who uses a blender. I used to juice fruit n veg and when you read up on it it tells you that fast action, such as your blender, creates too much heat which in turn changes the make up of the substance. Just saying find out if your high powered blender is doing something detrimental to your coconut.
Good idea Shirl... I often to buy coconuts fresh... just find it a faff to break them open.
@mrdgx ....is it the same product? do you have a link please?
The way I see it is by making it myself I have control of the whole process. I have a Vitamix so the whole blending to make butter is done in probably a minute so there is minimal processing. I've seen documentaries on TV and coconut products being made are sometimes less sanitary than I would like.. and thats with the camera's on them so who knows what gets done to the coconut usually! Thats just my thoughts however and I do purchase coconut oil for frying as you can't use the butter. I've made my own but its a bit of a faff for the amount you get.
Posted 4th Sep 2014Posted 4th Sep 2014
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