Cracking and removing the flesh of a hard, brown coconut can be tough. I know I've broken the tips off many a kitchen knife trying to scoop the flesh out! Not to mention nearly cracking my kitchen counter trying to get the coconut shell open! Here's how you can simplify your life - simply refrigerate the coconut for 1 hour before cracking open! The shell will break easily and the flesh will separate from the shell without you having to wrestle with it!