To remove the shell from a coconut, first drain the milk from the coconut, then wrap it in a towel, hit it with a hammer until it breaks open, and use a small knife to remove the coconut flesh. Alternatively, put the coconut in the oven before hitting it.
To remove the coconut shell using the oven method, put the drained coconut on an oven-safe pan, and bake it for 20 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. When hitting the shell with the hammer, make sure to crack it in multiple places. After removing the coconut meat, rinse it in water, and store it in the refrigerator for up to seven days or in the freezer for up to three months.