I'm aware there's wood, masonry, and metal drill bits, but what type works best for getting milk out of a coconut to put lime in it?


  • The one time I did this, I didn't use a drill and that sounds wrong to me.
    – Rob
    Jan 18, 2021 at 11:00
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    Coconuts are not filled with milk. They're filled with coconut water. The product we know as "coconut milk" comes from grinding the flesh. Are you trying to get coconut milk, or coconut water from your fresh coconut? The tools and process will be entirely different..
    – AMtwo
    Jan 18, 2021 at 13:20

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I use a screwdriver and a small hammer to punch the eyes of the coconut in and then pour through a sieve into a receptacle.

It's important to have more than one opening to facilitate the juice coming out, otherwise an air-lock will quickly form.

Wearing a gorilla suit is recommended, but entirely optional.

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    Where do I get a gorilla suit?
    – a coder
    Jan 18, 2021 at 18:52
  • So I should just use the scratch awl?
    – a coder
    Jan 18, 2021 at 18:55

Coconuts are pretty soft as drillable things go. Wood or metal bits would be fine. A masonry bit might not work properly, as it's designed to be used with a different kind of drill.

  • Just make sure the bit is clean.
    – GdD
    Jan 18, 2021 at 12:30
  • @GdD My first impulse at an answer: “a clean one”
    – Stephie
    Jan 18, 2021 at 20:39

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