I bought a coconut at the store the other day. I didn't know how to crack it open, but I knew my handy husband would have an idea. When JD saw it he said, "I don't know how to open that thing."
Well, crap. I remember my dad opening them with a screw driver and hammer when we were kids and I've seen folks in the Caribbean use machetes. "Do we have a machete?" I asked. "Uh, no," he responded. Crap again. "Go get your toolbox, babe, we're cracking open a coconut." Here's how we did it:
From here, you can drink the coconut milk and pry the meat out with a knife. It's a lot of work, but so worth it once you get to the yummy coconut meat!