Craving Popcorn? Or perhaps some kind of simple snack while you watch the game this weekend?Here’s a neat solution:
(I’ll say this much: this is my first time working with a whole coconut, so it was all new to me and therefore I stumbled my way through this whole darn thing. haha. But that is sometimes the fun of trying new things)
Some tips for buying your coconut:
Select a whole coconut and place it against your ear.
Shake it up and down a little. This is to see if there is water inside the coconut. If you do not hear anything at all, this means that the coconut is too ripe and it is likely that it will taste soapy.
Check that the coconut is intact. Avoid any coconuts that are cracked or punctured. There must be no moisture leaking from its three dark eyes.
Feel the weight of the coconut. A good coconut is a heavy one; compare it with other coconuts to feel the differing weights.
Return a rancid coconut to the store. Even after using the tests outlined in the previous steps, some coconuts are just not good inside and all you can do is exchange it for another one.
Store a whole coconut in the fridge for up to two months. Once opened, you can keep the coconut meat for several days only. If you decide to grate it, however, you can freeze it for 8 to 10 months.
Once you have your coconut…here are your steps for Paleo Coconut “Popcorn”:
Drain the coconut (puncture holes in the ‘eye’ of the coconut and let all the coconut water drain out…you can use this for multiple things also, so you may want to save the coconut water in a bowl)
Once Drained, break open your coconut. After I already did mine, I found a better way to knock it around the ‘equator’ of the coconut in order to have 2 perfect halves. Instead, I did the caveman way (haha): wrap it with a towel and smash it with a hammer!
Remove the coconut meat. Here again is where being prepared helps! I never purchased a Coconut Tool. So I had to try to remove the coconut meat with a butter knife (this is definitely the “hard” way).
Peal off the brown ‘skin’ on the coconut meat (there may be nutritional benefits to this..but I wasn’t sure, so I removed it with a potato peeler) – once all done…rinse you coconut meat off from any debris.
Cut into small pieces (about 1/2″ to 1/4″)–I realize later: THE SMALLER, THE BETTER
Over medium heat, saute the coconut meat in a pan until browned – sir regularly – I used Coconut Oil with this
The smaller your pieces, the quicker it will cook….
When it’s ‘done’…it will be browned and should be making a ‘popping’ sound – much like popcorn!
No seasoning needed….let cool and enjoy! Take the tips above and make these the ‘easy’ way instead of the ‘hard’ way like me (get the Coconut Tool, for example) and this snack is VERY worth the time!
Try it for the next sporting-watch-party where normally there would be chips or other snacks. Your guests will LOVE IT!