There are two types of coconuts you can get at the market: young coconut, and dry coconut.
Young coconuts look like you want to drink out of them: a light brown, with a bit of the husk left on that you chop off the top to start drinking. These will set you back a mere 3-5 SBD each depending on the size.
Dry coconuts, on the other hand, are dark, hard, old-looking, and looks like a coconut you wouldn’t want to drink out of. These are cheaper at about 1-2 SBD, but you need fruit ninja skills before eating.
To make coconut milk or cream, one needs to locate themselves outside with a dry coconut.
Get your machete ready.
Hold the coconut in your not-knife-cutting-hand and position the eyes by your thumb. Imagine there is an imaginary equator line running through the middle of the coconut and firmly whack it with the blunt side of the machete.
The trick is to wear it down rather than hitting it as hard as you can with the sharp side. Toss the coconut and keep whacking around the coconut following that equator line until it starts to crack and coconut water goes flying.
You can either drink the coconut water, use it to make coconut milk, or chuck it out. Keep whacking until you can pull the halves apart.
To “scrashem”, set yourself up with a chair, coconut scratcher, and a bowl underneath. Start scrashem the meat, remembering to rotate the shell so that you’re grating evenly. Once you start grating brown husk, that’s about all you can grate in that particular spot.
Using a cup of water or coconut water add it to the bowl and then start wringing it with your hands. The amount of water you use determines if you’re making milk or cream. One cup of water is a good option for one coconut’s worth coconut milk. Use half of that to make cream.
Side Note: Never buy coconut milk again! Buy coconut cream and just add water!!
When your milk looks tasty, get a sieve and strain it.
And that’s it! Hem garem freshfala kokonat milk.
As for the grated coconut, I can confirm that it works well in both cakes and compost, and the dogs here love using them as chew toys.