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Old 20-09-2011, 00:53   #16
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I use a straight claw hammer for husking them. Similiar to this method, just a different tool.

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Re: The Coconut Thread

Here's a coconut drink recipe that's popular in the islands...

Climb a tree* and pick a big green coconut (locally called a "water nut" or "jelly nut"). Lop the stem end off with a cutlass until you make a hole in the top. Pour in a good dollop of rum (how much depends on how much coconut water is in there, and how strong you like your drink). Squeeze a lime in de coconut and shake it all up. Lay back in your hammock and sip it down.


*if it's green and has fallen to the ground, don't use it.
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Getting the husk off is the hard part. I like the claw hammer trick. Sounds safer than a machete. I actually thought of the bandsaw idea. Since I'm not much interested in the coconut water, I could just slice them in half. That would make a pretty big mess in my shop. Maybe I could drive a big nail through the husk and nut to drain out the water before cutting it in half on the bandsaw.
Ok, we've got the thing cut in half, any easy way to get the meat out of the nut?
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Re: The Coconut Thread

Any island kid can husk a coconut in less than a minute by jamming it on a sharpened stake and twisting. Most villages have an pointed iron rod sticking out of the ground around somewhere. My favorites are Uto (germinated coconut) and heart of palm salad.
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My favorites are Uto (germinated coconut)
Never knew the name for that. Had one once and it was incredible. I guess this is essentially coconut sprouts. Reminded me of coconut angel food cake.
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Add about 1/2 cup shreded coconut meat to a pecan pie before baking and it will change your life!

Zee, I just send the dog out for them....Also beware of the Coconut birds
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Just had to note the health benefits of the coconut. An earlier poster mentioned cholesterol, none in coconut fat. Coconut fat is almost all medium chain fatty acids which are a superfuel for the body being very easy to transform into energy.Coconut is rich in lauric acid which is an immune system booster(also found in mothers milk one of the reasons its in many infant formulas). Many islanders attribute many curative and medicinal qualities to the coconut. Saturated fat is high percentage of the fat in coconut fat,Im amomg those that believe all saturated fats are not created equal and definately put it in the beneficial oil category.
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Just had to note the health benefits of the coconut. An earlier poster mentioned cholesterol, none in coconut fat. Coconut fat is almost all medium chain fatty acids which are a superfuel for the body being very easy to transform into energy.Coconut is rich in lauric acid which is an immune system booster(also found in mothers milk one of the reasons its in many infant formulas). Many islanders attribute many curative and medicinal qualities to the coconut. Saturated fat is high percentage of the fat in coconut fat,Im amomg those that believe all saturated fats are not created equal and definately put it in the beneficial oil category.
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Coconut is delicious, and highly nutritious, being rich in fibre, vitamins, and minerals.
But, according to the American Heart Association, tropical oils (coconut, palm kernel and palm oils) contain various types of fatty acids. But unlike other plant oils, they contain a lot of saturated fatty acids. Coconut oil contains 92 percent saturated fat, palm kernel oil has 82 percent and palm oil has 50 percent.
The United States Food and Drug Administration,, World Health Organization, International College of Nutrition, United States Department of Health and Human Services, American Dietetic Association, American Heart Association, British National Health Service, and Dietitians of Canada all recommend against the consumption of significant amounts of coconut oil due to its high levels of saturated fat.

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for those of you not into coconut milk--it makes great cooking additive for fish and pork and chicken.

true, gord--is why i donot use cremora--has all that and more .
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for those of you not into coconut milk--it makes great cooking additive for fish and pork and chicken.

true, gord--is why i donot use cremora--has all that and more .
Yum, coconut milk with lime leaves, hot thai pepper and lemongrass with chicken stock.
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Yum, coconut milk with lime leaves, hot thai pepper and lemongrass with chicken stock.
isnt that tom kha kai!!??? is one of my favorites!!!!
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Damn you all! Now I have to have Thai food tonight. I'm thinking Massaman Curry. Coconut milk is wonderful. Remember when movie theater popcorn was so good? They popped it in coconut oil.
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