View Full Version : It was BOUND to happen
08-22-2007, 01:17 PM
....A coconut related injury. I knew the day would come...
I was hungry, I saw it sitting my fridge....I pulled it out, grabbed my large knife, and began the ritual.
I hacked, and began to pry...when I felt an abnormal pressure in the lower-thumb tissue of my left hand.
I looked, and noticed a large cut and a growing amount of blood.
I called my RN mother (praise the lord), and she poured random sterilizing things on it and ran to the grocery store to buy sticky stitch replacers...butterflies?
Anyways, it's pretty. Now I'll never live it down, and every time I want to eat a coconut someone will warn me.
HOWEVER, after I was thoroughly bandaged....
The coconut was TOTALLY worth it. Best I've ever had.
And I mean that. It REALLY WAS perfect. Thick but plyable meat and at least a cups worth, lots of very sweet water.
SO WORTH IT.
08-22-2007, 01:19 PM
Ouch! Glad you didn't lose a digit over that. It's good but a finger lasts a lifetime KWIM.:D
Note to self: be very careful next time with the coconut. ;)
Glad you came through ok and had an awesome coconut.
08-22-2007, 01:19 PM
:( sorry you got a boo boo! but glad it was worth it for ya!
08-22-2007, 02:24 PM
Oh, ouch! That's awful. Just think after that if there was little water or no meat. Now THAT would be bad, huh? Sorry that happened. We can send a man to the moon, but can't come up with a good/safe/cost-effective way to open a coconut. How do the monkeys do it? Just tossing it around 'til it cracks? I use a hammer and nail for the water, then a hammer for the meat. Gotta be a better way.
08-22-2007, 02:35 PM
Sorry you hurt yourself; at least the coconut was good.
I wear a thick cotton oven glove to hold on to the coconut, because what you did is bound to happen. I use a butcher knife to stab and pry open the coconut. I drink the water out of it with a straw and scape the meat with a spoon.
08-22-2007, 02:54 PM
I need to create cutting board gloves....lol
08-22-2007, 03:37 PM
Oh man! :eek: Glad you are ok and the coconut was good! :D
08-22-2007, 04:28 PM
I think a hammer is much safer than a knife, also throwing it against a large stone works. Of course, first pound a nail into two of the little spots and drink the milk. Virginia
08-22-2007, 04:55 PM
Hey...my best friend and I discovered a GREAT way to open coconuts... Find the softest "eye" and use a CORK SCREW and screw into it! Then, insert a straw in the hole and go for it!!! If you wanna use it for a smoothie, just cut the straw in 1/2 and insert it in and turn it upside down. The milk will just stream out!!!
08-22-2007, 05:02 PM
Watch out for those coconuts!!!
Soooo GLAD YOU'RE OKAY!!!
but yeaaaaaaa:o ... you're soooo right.... now we will always be teasing you about your coconut adventures!!!
ahhhh... run!!! http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s43/FireStar_830/backingout.gifSmilingRawDancer is opening another coconut!!! ahhhh :eek: !!!!
08-22-2007, 05:50 PM
For future reference Idaho Balsam Fir essential oil stops bleeding. My husband sliced his thumb open trying to help a little cub scout get his Pinewood Derby car ready for his first race. I had some oil with me. (I love essential oils and always carry a medicine chest full in my purse.:D ) I had just learned about this in my oils class. To everyone's amazement, just three drops of oil to his thumb and it healed over before our eyes. It was a fairly deep cut, too. I thought we would have to head to the emergency room for stitches.
08-22-2007, 05:58 PM
I'll make a note!
08-22-2007, 06:05 PM
Was this a baby coconut or a mature coconut?? I don't have a lot of experience with either one, but so far I think the mature coconuts are easier! (nail thru the eye, drain, and take a hammer to the sucker!)
I've only had one baby coconut, and don't know if my experience was typical or not. I opened it as Alissa did in her DVD, and poured the water out--it looked kinda yellowish, but I poured in the blender anyway. Then I took a long-handled spoon to scrape out the meat. It seem slimey to me, but I put it in the blender anyway. There wasn't a lot of it. I blended it all together (I may have added agave or honey--I can't remember what the recipe called for, but it is in Alissa's book.) The result didn't taste all that great and I was afraid it would make me sick:eek: . But I survived!
Does that baby coconut sound typical?? If so, I am sticking the the mature ones from now on! I know that Alissa loves baby coconuts and has one everyday, but I am worried that the time it takes to get to Indiana from Thailand (or whereever) is too long. And that's not counting how long it sits on the shelf before some idiot like me buys it!!
08-22-2007, 07:15 PM
Follow these instructions and all digits should be safe in the future! Scroll to the bottom for the video portion -- it works like a charm and turns out exactly how it shows. Really!
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