No, I haven’t been hungover for the past couple weeks. I’ve just been busy with a few more important things since my New Year’s Eve post when I promised to make this video about our coconut experience…
We started out making an instructional video about husking coconuts. But I just couldn’t bring myself to ruin the Harry Nilsson classic Coconut with me blabbering on about something of which I obviously know nothing.
When we decided on tropical drinks to help us ring in the new year, I was determined to serve them in coconuts. After all, we were in Florida. And there was a coconut tree just down the road. So I turned to Google and YouTube for the traditional method of coconut husking.
OK, if you insist … I’ll tell you a few things we discovered about coconuts:
- To husk a coconut, jam it onto a sharpened stake you’ve pounded into the ground. Rebar doesn’t work so well.
- The coconut shell has three softer “eyes” which can be poked out with a screwdriver to drain the juice.
- The juice inside is coconut water, not coconut milk. Though coconut water is a great source of Potassium and electrolytes.
- To make coconut milk, carve out the white meat and blend it with hot water in a blender. Then filter the results through cheesecloth.
- Harry Nilsson’s Coconut song is also available on the Practical Magic Soundtrack.
- A coconut makes the best party drink vessel because you cannot put it down until it is empty!