Friday, July 30, 2010

Opening a Coconut the Safe and Easy Way!!

How to open a coconut the easy way
(on a personal note - I've been incredibly busy lately... really, really busy, but here's a quick post to let you all know I'm still alive and kicking)

Fresh Coconut - I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love the flavor and texture, but I hate what I have to endure going through to get into that shell! I'd do it every once in a while, just for the fun of it (not), but after sustaining an incredibly painful injury to the palm of my hand while attempting to open a fresh coconut with a hammer several years ago (a supposedly fool proof way - wrong), I decided it would be best to avoid the wicked beasts for the rest of my life! That was, until recently when I watched Martha Stewart demonstrate what looked like an incredibly easy and SAFE technique, so I thought I'd give it a try.

YES! Martha's technique worked like a charm and I'll never again be afraid to crack open a coconut. Thank you Martha!!

Okay, here we go:

When you're at the grocery store, be prepared to Shake-Shake-Shake. Select a coconut with plenty of juice in it - they start off completely filled with juice and slowly, over time, the juice evaporates. Pass on coconuts with little or no juice.

The hardest part about this technique is making the holes to drain the juice. I like to use a drill. Power tools in the kitchen are fun.

The safe and easy way to open a coconut by ButterYumHello Handsome.

how to open a coconutNext drain the yummy coconut juice. Drink it up - it's naturally high in electrolytes.

how to open a coconutNow we pop that baby into a preheated oven and wait for this to happen.

Can you hear the angels sing??

how to open a coconut:)

Safely opening a coconutPeel and Enjoy!

How to crack open a coconut shellLook at that glorious mound of coconut love.

Opening a Coconut the Safe and Easy Way

1 coconut, drained
1 oven, preheated
1 oven proof container

Preheat the oven to 400F with the oven rack placed in the center. Drain the liquid out of the coconut (see note below). Place the drained coconut in a shallow pan and place it in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the hard outer shell is visibly cracked. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. The soft meat of the coconut will separate from the hard outer shell. Peel the dark skin from the coconut meat using a vegetable peeler. Your coconut is now ready to slice or shred.

Note: The easiest way I find to puncture the eyes of the coconut is to use an electric drill, but some people report good results using an ice pick, screwdriver, or hammer and nail.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Baked Apple Chips - Happy 4th!!

Baked Apple Chips, ButterYumI've had a crazy busy week, so I haven't enjoyed any time in the kitchen, but I wanted to post something for the 4th and thought about these yummies.

The only time these baked apple chips required of me was the time it took to slice the apples and preheat my oven. It doesn't get more simple than this folks. I plan to make lots of these for the kid's lunchboxes when school is back in session.

And hey look, they have a built-in star motif - perfect!

Happy Independence Day!

Baked Apple Chips

Arrange thin apple slices in a single layer on a greased or lined baking tray. Place into a preheated 400F oven and immediately reduce the temperature to 170F; bake for about 2-2 1/2 hours, depending on how thick they are, and how crispy or chewy you like them.

Note - I don't sweeten mine, but some like to give them a sprinkling of powdered sugar. Ground cinnamon would also be a nice touch.