To start, create three holes at the top of the coconut by gently hammering a screwdriver into the outer skin. Once you have three holes, the water can be poured out; strain it through a cheesecloth and save it to drink. Once the coconut is empty, lay it on its side and gently hammer in a line around the circumference of the coconut until a crack forms. Give it a final tap and it should split into two clean, even halves. Once opened, use a coconut scraper to extract and shred the coconut meat. Then enjoy the fruits of your labor (literally) with some of our favorite coconut desserts.