How To Make Coconut Milk


Many people still think that coconut milk is just the liquid inside a coconut, but that’s not true. Coconut milk is made from grated flesh of a coconut with some hot water resulting in a rich white liquid that looks alike of a cow’s milk.

Coconut milk should be distinguished from coconut cream. Fresh coconut milk, when refrigerated, and canned coconut milk, if not shaken, separates into two layers, with the thick (upper) layer being the coconut cream and the thinner (bottom) layer constituting the milk. The top layer can be skimmed off with a spoon and used for recipes requiring coconut cream (usually desserts) with the bottom layer being reserved for recipes specifying coconut milk.

Homemade coconut milk can speak for its quality rather than available in market, for sure. Canned, frozen and powdered coconut milk are widely available, convenient to use and generally of acceptable quality. Just follow these instructions for preparing the delicious coconut milk in your home. Generally you need to know that coconut milk can be made from fresh coconuts and desiccated coconuts.

from desiccated coconut:

  • Empty an 8 oz. package of unsweetened desiccated coconut into a blender and add 1 cup boiling water.
  • Blend for about 30 seconds and allow the mixture to cool a bit.
  • Place a sieve over a bowl lined with cheese cloth.
  • Ladle the mixture into the cheese cloth, fold the edges over the coconut meat and twist the ends to extract as much milk as you can into the bowl.
  • Discard the squeezed coconut meat and refrigerate the coconut milk that has been extracted in the bowl. Refrigerate the milk and use within 1 or 2 days.

from fresh coconut:

  • Pierce the eyes of a fresh coconut, drain the liquid inside and place the coconut on a rack and bake in a 325F pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes.
  • Remove the coconut from the oven, let it cool a bit and crack it with a hammer so that the shell breaks into several pieces.
  • Remove all the coconut meat from the shell, peel off the brown skin and cut the meat into very small cubes.
  • Place the meat in a blender, add hot water to just cover all of the meat and blend until finely grated.
  • Place a sieve covered with cheese cloth over a bowl and pour the coconut meat and water into the sieve squeezing handful of the coconut meat to extract as much liquid as possible into the bowl.
  • Discard the squeezed coconut meat and refrigerate the coconut milk that has been extracted in the bowl. Refrigerate the milk and use within 1 or 2 days.

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About the Author: Leona Kesler is a head-chef at a very popular food restaurant in New York. Also she is a blogger who shares her experiences, tips, and other informative details about food and cooking. Her recipes are featured on many magazines.

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