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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Breaking open dried coconuts - Tools and raw materials

Decided to help out with the chore of breaking open a few dried coconuts so that they can be processed into coconut oil. No, we don't do the processing at home, we sell the dried coconuts to other people who do.

In the picture, going from left to right, you see a whole dried coconut sitting on what was once its hard outer casing, a half of a dried coconut that seems to have passed its date of expiry, the knife that was used, and an empty husk, for effect I suppose. Now, these coconuts were picked sometime last year, when they were well past well formed, so it's no wonder that the refreshing water inside has dried up. Like I said earlier, in this state the oil can still be extracted from them. And for those of you who haven't heard any jokes about Malayalees and coconut oil, where hast thou been...est? ;-)

Doing this work was fun, and slightly tiring because after drying up in its shell, the desicated flesh becomes hard to separate, in some instances. Mostly however, when you pick up a coconut and shake it, you'll know it's dry inside from a hollow rattling sound that it makes. This is because the flesh has shrunk into a small ball, like the little call of coconut flesh sitting on its husk on the left, in this picture.

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