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Using a Heavy Knife to Cut Through the Coconut
Fresh, young and green coconut
© Dennis K H Sim, licensed to About.com
Find a heavy cleaver. Use the corner sharp point of the blade, closest to the handle, and bring it down through the top of the coconut with some force. This is just the first of four such incisions. The idea is to cut a squarish opening in order to access the juice inside the coconut. If the cleaver doesn't pierce through the husk during your first attempt, do it a few times until it goes right through. I usually do this over the sink as some coconut juice is bound to spill during this first incision.