Feb 5, 2012

How to Make Coconut Milk

Gearing up for another batch cooking day, I've decided to make coconut milk.  Making it is not a lot of work and is cheaper than buying cans*.  If you compare recipes available on the internet you will see that the ratios of water to coconut really depends on your preference.  I used 8 cups of water and 6 cups of shredded coconut.

How to make coconut milk:
1. Bring water to a boil.  Turn off the heat and stir in coconut.  Let cool for at least 10 minutes.  Your fingers will thank you.

2. Transfer in small batches to a blender or food processor.  Give it a whirl.

3. Pour into a strainer lined with a thin kitchen towel.  Let it drain then squeeze out remaining milk.

That's it.

As I mentioned on the video (click here if reading in email to view), you can use the remaining coconut.

1. Toast and use as a garnish for curries or other coconutty dishes.
2. Dehydrate and pulverize in blender or food processor for coconut flour (which is used in many gluten free recipes like this one for fudgy coconut flour brownies.)

See also:
Chesseslave makes coconut milk as does Nourished Kitchen who uses fresh coconut.

*I buy shredded organic coconut in bulk from Azure Standard for about $2.89/lb.  I didn't weigh my 6 cups of coconut, but for kicks, let's just say it was a pound.  I made 8 cups of coconut milk (or 4 cans) for the price of one can.  And, I don't have to throw away or recycle anything.  Nor does my family have added chemicals in our food, as canned coconut milk often has thickeners and the cans are often lined with BPA, a known carcinogen.

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  1. Do you have an idea of how long this will keep in the refrigerator?

  2. Erin -
    Good question. I don't know but I made it Sunday night and will use it tomorrow (Thursday). One YouTube video I saw said you could make it in batches to drink...I can't remember if she specifically said it would last a week, or maybe that's just my general rule for things in the fridge.



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