Sunday, December 30, 2018

How to Open a Fresh Vegan Coconut

Real coconut
Fig.1 Unwashed coconut

By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Butter knife (standard blade)
Metal Nail Setter

Mrs. Escarole purchased several new fresh coconuts with the outer skin removed. Shaking the coconut will give you a sense that there's plenty of coconut milk inside the shell.

This post shows nine steps on how to open a fresh coconut.

Coconut (Cocos nucifera) is the name given to the fruit from the coconut palm tree. Coconuts have three layers, a brown fibrous husk, inner and inside white edible “meat” and coconut water. The white meat portion is used in either fresh or dried forms. The coconut palm can grow to 30 m (98 ft) in height with large branches and can provide 50-fruit per year. According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, botanically the coconut fruit is a drupe. For more information about the Coconut Palm tree please click here. Coconut history was presented by

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the unwashed vegan coconut. Fig.2 shows the washing the exterior of the coconut with soap and water, rinse well with water to remove any soap film. Fig.3 shows the coconut drying on a towel. 
In the kitchen wash the coconut before opening
Fig.2 Washing 
Dry the coconut with a clean towel
Fig.3 Drying coconut
Step 2: Fig.4 shows a claw hammer and a metal nail set with a pointed end.
Here use a hammer and a nail setter
Fig.4 Hammer/nail setter
Step 3: Fig.5 shows the nail set has punctured the hard shell were the coconut water is contained.
Place the nail setter into the top of the coconut
Fig.5 Nail Setter
Step 4: Towards the top of the coconut are slightly colored holes that allow a tool to enter without losing any coconut water. Fig.6 shows the top of the coconut and one hole punctured with the nail setter and an additional hole, the breather hole to help drain the coconut water.
Place the nail setter on the soft points of the coconut
Fig.6 Second hole
Step 5: Fig.7 shows three holes that will aid in removing the coconut water.
To release the coconut water punch more than one hole
Fig.7 Breather hole
Step 6: Fig.8 and fig.9 shows the removal of water. Shake the coconut just a little to get the coconut water out of the shell. It takes a few shakes while one hole allows the air to get into the shell and the other two holes allow the water to escape its furry cage.
Drain the coconut water into a bowl
Fig.8 Delicious Vegan
Coconut Water 
Once the bowl is filled with coconut water the coconut can be broken into pieces
Bowl is filling up
Step 7: As the coconut is shaken some of the furry edges may fall into the coconut water. A strainer will be needed to remove any particles from the coconut water. Fig.10 shows glass bowl full of wonderful clean coconut water. Now take a small strainer and slowly pour the contents from the bowl into a cup. Once strained add some ice and drink it. It's wonderful and not full of chemicals like those carbonated drinks. Do not over drink coconut water, it's a natural cathartic.
 The coconut water should be strained before drinking
Coconut water
Step 8: Fig.11 and fig.12 shows the coconut is delicious white meatA coconut with the brown and white meat. Break apart the white meat from the hard shell. This will take a little time, it seems like the white meat is firmly attached to the shell. It's delicious and can be used in cooking and cocktail drinks.
Break the coconut in half by using the claw hammer
Vegan Coconut cut in half
This picture shows the coconut meat which is delicious
Vegan Half coconut
Step 9: Fig.13 and fig.16 shows another way is to get the coconut water is from a can.  

You do not have to break coconuts to drink its water
Fig.13 Canned 
coconut water
This picture shows the top of the coconut can
Fig.14 top of 
coconut water
Here is the information on all the nutrition of this coconut water
Nutritional facts

Here is the UPC sticker to help you find this product
Coconut location

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

How to Change a 500 Watt Halogen Lamp Bulb

500 Watt Floor Lamp
By Gary Boutin

Tools and Supplies:
500 Watt Halogen Bulb 
Extension cord 
GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) plug
Halogen Floor Lamp
Halogen Lamp bulb
Nitrile Gloves (one use)
Phillip Screwdriver
Rubber Grommet washer 
Ryobi 18-volt Cordless Drill
Ryobi Phillip Bit

This post shows the twenty four steps on replacing a 500 watt halogen bulb in a work Floor lamp.

This is a Halogen Floor Lamp used to light up a working area.  The light bulb is damaged and is halogen bulb is foggy meaning its burned out.

Use a Phillip Screwdriver to remove the Phillip screw holding down the filtered glass panel of the floor lamp.

The nut has a rubber washer on it so make sure you keep it when you open up the filtered glass frame.

This is the Phillip screw that hold the Halogen Lamp together.

This shows the halogen lamp bulb that needs to be replaced.

The halogen lamp bulb was broken, one of the ends had broken off.

Here is a new halogen lamp bulb that will be replaced.

Notice the Nitrile blue gloves only wear them once and use them to  change the halogen lamp bulb. Do Not Change this bulb when the floor lamp is hot. It will melt the gloves and cause burns on the fingers.

Now either choose right or left and insert the halogen lamp bulb. This picture shows the halogen lamp bulb was inserted on the left side first.

This is the right side of the halogen lamp bulb.

This is the new halogen lamp bulb inserted in the floor lamp.

Now plug in your extension cord into a safe GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter.

Great the new halogen lamp bulb worked. Sometimes you need to rotate the bulb to get the lamp to turn on. Before the lamp is closed check it by giving the lamp power.

Now the halogen floor lamp is ready to be closed up.

It is not that easy. Fold upward the glass frame.

If the rubber seal needs to be replaced do so before putting the lamp together.

If your seal if fine, thread it into the metal channel frame and push it so it stays there so the glass frame can shut. Here the left side is done first.

The right side is next to be placed into the metal channel frame.

This is what the rubber seal looks like if replaced. Couple of dollars is all it costs if the halogen floor lamp needs a new seal. 

If the rubber seal is not in place then the halogen floor lamp 500 watt bulb will burn the seal and smell badly. Then undo the lamp and reset the seal.

This is an twenty-five foot extension cord that needs to be plugged into the halogen floor lamp.

Now place the halogen floor lamp were the work needs to be done.
23 Put the end of the extension cord into a working plug to turn on the halogen floor lamp.

Notice the halogen floor lamp is doing its job and the area is well lite. Job Done.

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