How to make coconut milk from fresh coconut
Making your own coconut milk at home is really super easy and even though buying canned coconut milk is quicker and more convenient, the fresh stuff is sooo much better!
Making your own coconut milk at home also means that there’s none of the unwanted additives that are often added to commercial brands of coconut milk. These can include thickeners such as Guar Gum, emulsifiers, preservatives and even hormone disrupting chemicals such as BPA that can leach from the white plastic linings often used in canned foods.
So. How do we make that super creamy, super yummy coconut milk?
Just like this…
- Take the flesh from one coconut and chop it into pieces
- Add two cups of water (or use the water from the coconut and add enough filtered water to make 2 cups if needed).
- Place the coconut and the water in a blender or food processor.
- Blend until the coconut is well blended and combined with the water.
- Pour the mixture into a sieve placed over a bowl large enough to hold the liquid, or into a nut bag and strain.
- Squeeze out all the liquid.
- Voila! You have coconut milk!
Note: The process can be repeated using a smaller amount of water to get more from the coconut.
Don’t waste the coconut flesh!
The flesh that’s left over after squeezing out all the coconut milk can be spread on a tray and dried in a dehydrator or a cool oven and then used to thicken curries or stews, or even used in baking or raw snacks.
It’s too good to waste so make sure you use it!
And there you go. I told you it was simple. 🙂 Have fun!
Eat real & eat well
P.S. Have you seen post on how to make your own coconut yogurt? It’s really easy, really yummy and it’s good for you too and what a perfect way to use that homemade coconut milk!