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Moving - a special kind of purgatory
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I can't find my shoes.  I've just moved from a rental house into my new Florida digs, which is lovely because we have our very own coconut palm in the yard.  But still, my shoes are all packed and apparently I neglected to label that box.  

So here's a picture for all of you out there who aren't moving this week, to remind you of how lucky you are:




And here's a picture of our coconut harvest, it looks like about 5 coconuts remaining (We gave permission to pick one to a neighbor who had Yankee houseguests he wanted to show off for):




We don't know how to get these coconuts down from the tree or how to open them up and eat them, or even if we can eat them. Any LJ coconut advice you all can render would be sincerely appreciated.

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You put the lime in the coconut, then you drink 'em both up. :)

But seriously, here's what Alton Brown (Good Eats) recommends:

"To open a coconut: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place the coconut onto a folded towel set down in a large bowl. Find the 3 eyes on 1 end of the coconut and using a nail or screwdriver and hammer or meat mallet, hammer holes into 2 of the eyes. Turn the coconut upside down over a container and drain the water from the coconut. Store the water in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Place the coconut onto a 1/2 sheet pan and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven. The coconut should have cracked in several places. Using an oyster knife or other dull blade, separate the hard shell from the brown husk. Using a serrated vegetable peeler, peel the brown husk from the coconut meat. Rinse the coconut meat under cool water and pat dry. Break the meat into 2 to 3-inch pieces. With the grater disk attached to a food processor, grate the coconut."

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/coconut-extract-recipe/index.html

Wow, that is a lot of effort for something you can buy from your local grocer. I think we're just going to designate this coconut tree as "decorative".

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