Blasted Coconuts

This is a year of ‘firsts’ in the kitchen for me…

first homemade pickles

first homemade strawberry jam

first attempt at cake pops a la Bakerella

first homemade yeast bread

And today! First time I’ve ever pierced the hard, hairy exterior of a fresh coconut. I say fresh. I mean ‘off-the-tree’ coconut. Because by the time my hammer and screwdriver combo infiltrated the little monster, my only reward was some grayish-vanilla looking coconut meat. I didn’t imagine that this was how the prize was supposed to look, but I tried a teeny bite of it anyway. Nasty, nasty, nasty! I’m cringing just thinking about it now. The whole thing got dumped in the trash, and then, of course, I had to soap down the hammer & screwdriver and sweep up the kitchen floor of all sharp coconut shell bits.

I will now be using the prepackaged coconut to make this coconut cream pie.
I don’t consider today’s project a failure. As Jerry Seinfeld put it, ‘Fruit is a gamble.’ I get that. I also get that the ready-made coconut is a LOT less effort. I’m pretty practical, and it’s likely that from now on, I’ll be sticking with the easy way.

On to new successes!

Posted in Uncategorized on 06/17/2009 11:42 pm


  1. I can't even cut a fresh mango I admire your efforts.

  2. Keri Mikulski

    Impressive!! I stay out of the kitchen. :)

  3. Eek! Keep your coconuts away from me – I'm allergic!

  4. Ew! I've never been fond of coconut, but this would probably cure me of any cravings for it forever!

  5. Not a big fan of coconut here. Very impressive.

  6. I don't really like coconut in any way, shape or form.

  7. I didn't used to like coconut of any form, but I've grown to love Mounds and Almond Joys. But I've still never had straight up raw coconut…something I'll have to try someday.

  8. Kate Diamond

    I had a very similar experience when I tried to make lobster on my own at home. I thought, "This is it?" and "Why does it taste so crappy?"

  9. LOL LOL LOL..I too had a run in with a fresh coconut and vowed never to buy one ever again!!! LOL

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