Freezing the whole coconut makes the shell pop away from the flesh as soon as you crack it open. After freezing the coconut overnight, whack the fruit around its equator with the dull side of a cleaver and then peel the shell off of the meat. An additional benefit: The coconut water inside will be frozen, making it easy to remove without any spillage or waste.

Kitchen Hacks

To celebrate the publication of our latest book, Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done, we're giving you a sneak peek at a few of our favorite kitchen quick tips. The book is packed with more than 1,000 solutions to tricky kitchen challenges, including these helpful holiday hacks.