Sunday, March 29, 2009

Munchie Monday! C is for Coconut

C is for Coconut

I love Coconut! I learned how to do this years ago. I usually drain the coconut milk into a glass and drink it later, if some of the "hair "of the coconut gets into the milk I just strain it.
Sometimes after I poke the eyes out I slide a straw in and drink straight from the coconut. Children really enjoy this. It is fun!

1. Position a shelf in the middle of the oven and preheat it to 350 degrees F.
2. A grownup must make holes in the coconuts eyes (use a clean screwdriver or an ice pick, hitting hard on the end of its handle with a hammer.)
3. Pour out the liquid
4. Break the Shell
5. Eat the Meat
6. Place the coconut on the middle rack in the oven and bake it until it cracks, about 10 to 15 minutes.
7. Remove the coconut with hot mitts and let it cool slightly.
8. Remove the shell--it will come off easily.
9. Peel the brown husk from the coconut meat with a vegetable peeler, and chop the coconut meat into uniform pieces.
10. A grownup can use a food processor or a hand grater to shred or grate the coconut to make fresh coconut flakes.

What do you think?
1. How do coconuts grow?
2. Where do they grow?
3. How many eyes does a coconut have?
4. What does the coconut feel like?
5. Shake it. What do you hear?
6. Have you tasted coconut before?
7. Where? What did it look like?
8. What is a liquid?
9. What is a solid?
10. Did you know that 1 medium coconut, weighing a pound or so, yields 3 cups of shredded coconut?

Try This!
1. Taste the coconut liquid.
2. Save the coconut shell to serve the Fresh Fruit Salad in.
(The recipe for this will come later.)
3. Make coconut milk by heating grated coconut in the coconut liquid just to the boiling point.
4. Cool and strain.

Have a GREAT RED Day!!

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