Saturday, February 6, 2010

Cuckoo for Coconuts

For $1.49 each, I get:
The excuse to buy a little more authority in the kitchen for $6.50.  Yes, it's stainless steal.  Yes Julia Child would be most displeased...
...but now I can do this with one incredibly satisfying whack.
And with that $1.49 purchase, we get 2 cups coconut water; one of the purest electrolyte beverages known to man.  I recently read that it takes 1 liter of mineral-rich water the palm absorbs from deep within the soil 9 months to filter from the roots to the coconut.  Talk about filtered water...
The young husk also gives my little flock tasty, nourishing treats that in turn gives us tasty, nourishing eggs.
And when the hens are done, that hard shell that's left makes great kindling.
But before you hand the outer husks over to the chickens & burn the shell, you get to spoon out 1 cup of the silky, sweet meat that makes raw puddings.
And lots of other yummy things.  
100% of it used.
No waste. 


  1. I LOVE this blog!! Would you mind explaining which part of the coconut you give the chickens and which part you use (other than the water)? We have chickens, but I'm still learning about ways to feed them other than chick feed.

  2. I'm glad you like it! :) First, I drain the water out. Then I scrape the meat out (the the white stuff on the inside) and use that to prepare food with. The chickens eat the outside husk. Does that make sence?

  3. where did you get your cool knife? i need one! i am so afraid to open coconuts because i don't have a good knife.

  4. I got it at Lau Market on Market St! I'm in love with it.

  5. What a great idea, giving the rest to the chickens! I love your blog too.

    I have a question for you. I want to make raw yogurt. I've attempted it a few times and because the heat does not stay constant my yogurt is less than the best consistency. I still use it but am ready for a perfect batch every time so I want to get a yogurt maker. Do you know of a good brand? Do you have one and if yes, what do you think?

  6. Wow Katie, YOU'RE AMAZING! Do you get your coconuts from Whole Foods? Now I need to find me some!! Keep up the INCREDIBLE posts <3 Charity

  7. Thank you SO MUCH for all the encoragement! :D I get my coconuts from a local Asian market.

    Amanda, I haven't made yogurt yet. Once I found out about kefir, we've gone with that. And kefir is SUPER easy to make. No special equipment needed.

  8. Do you use raw milk for your kefir? any good recipe sites for doing it yourself?

  9. You can use raw milk if you want to. I'm planning a post about making kefir soon. :)

  10. coconuts are phenomenal...did you know that during the war int he Pacific, natives used coconut as an IV drip...coconut water is sterile and the sugar in it is glucose....

  11. Where do you get your young coconuts? I'm having a heck of a time! Found them once but not since!

  12. The cheapest place to find them is at your local Asian market.


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