Use 1 or 2 coconuts. It is best to use 2 in case 1 isn’t sweet enough. Select large coconuts that are heavy and contain a lot of liquid. You can determine the amount of liquid when you shake the coconut.
Pierce the eyes of the coconut with an ice pick. Crack the shell of the coconut in several places, using a hammer or hatchet.
Pry out the flesh with a blunt knife. Pare away the dark skin. Grate the coconut using the coarse blade of a grater or a food processor.
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