This seemed like a daunting task, but as I could only find sweetened shredded coconut, I figured I'd give this a whirl. I ended up getting it done, but not without breaking a sweat. After watching a few youtube videos and reading a few wikihow videos, I was able to figure it out.
Step 1: I drilled a hole in the eye of the coconut with a power drill (Overkill? Maybe.) and drained the coconut water - and drank it, of course. Delicious!
Step 2: I tried doing this with the back of a knife, but it didn't work. I ended up using a hammer. While holding the coconut in hand, you have to hit it in the center. In fact, I would ram the two together, hoping to increase the force that way. It ended up finally creating a fault line after a minute.
|Whew! All scraped out!|
Step 6: All done! This shredded coconut is now ready for cooking!
(sidenote: I did read that to make coconut milk, you have to process the coconut with water and drain it with a cheesecloth).