Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Breaking open a coconut

Growing up, coconut was something that had sugar on it, came in flakes and was used for baking. I was in my 20s when I first had unsweetened coconut, and now I use it regularly for cooking (and it sometimes makes it way into baking as well).

The fact is, the cheapest way to have a coconut often is to buy a whole coconut and use it in the various ways it can be used. 

  1. Coconut water
  2. Coconut pulp for shreds
  3. Coconut pulp for making milk or oil

Benefits of coconuts include:

Coconut is a great, vitamin-filled source of GOOD fats. Here's a post I did on my parenting blog on the benefits of young coconut water.

I know it can seem daunting to open a coconut so I had my husband assist and I took this brief video. My daughter will actually do it now too! (And she's a 33 lb 5 year old!). So, if she can do it, you can do it!

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