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How To Make Homemade Coconut Milk

Ever want to just get away?  Say hello to paradise, with this token from the Islands.  A glass of coconut milk is your ticket to a refreshing start to your day.  With its high versatility as a dairy-alternative, coconut milk has been paving the way for new and old recipes alike.  With just 2 easy ingredients and 10 minutes of your time, you’ll be cutting out calories and sugars you never knew you were drinking!

 

How to Make Homemade Coconut Milk

 

A common misconception about coconut milk is that the liquid you find inside is actually milk when in reality it’s just coconut water.  Lucky for us, coconut milk is pretty easy to make.  

 

To start, you’ll need a grater, cheesecloth, high-powered blender, a bowl/container, and a handy dandy spoon.  You can make fresh coconut milk at home by combining the scooped out coconut and shredding it prior to throwing it in a blender with warm water.  Puree the mixture, then strain it through a cheesecloth over the container of your choice.

 

Coconut milk can be thick or thin so depending on the consistency you’re looking for, you might need to repeat the steps more than once.  

 

  • For thicker milk, straining it once should be enough.
  • For thinner milk, after straining it the first time, mix the remnants of the shredded coconut with warm water and strain through the cheesecloth once more or until you reach the consistency you’re looking for.

 

What Are the Benefits of Coconut Milk?

 

Coconut milk is a great milk alternative for those with allergies, sensitivities or just like coconuts. Some its amazing attributes are:

 

  • Weight loss - Coconut milk contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which has been linked to weight loss through heat production, helping you to burn fat quicker.
  • Heart Health - Coconuts can increase levels of “good cholesterol” or high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL).
  • Rich in Vitamins and Minerals - Coconut milk contains high levels of saturated fat, making it a very calorie-rich food filled with protein, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron and vitamin C.

How To Preserve My Homemade Coconut Milk

 

Depending on what you need your milk for there are two main ways to store it, fresh and frozen.

 

  • Fresh: You can store it for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.  If you happen to notice your coconut milk starting to separate after being refrigerated, don’t worry!  This is totally normal.  Just stir it up and proceed with your coconut milk goodness.

  • Frozen: Coconut milk can be frozen in an airtight container and last about 3 months, but like most liquids make sure to leave a gap in between the milk and the container’s lid as it tends to expand. A gap size between a 1/2 inch to an inch should be enough room.

 

How To Introduce Coconut Milk Into Your Life

 

Coconut milk is one of those amazing things in life that you can discreetly substitute in your everyday foods. For starters, you can try using it in these dishes:

  • Cereal
  • Smoothies
  • Frozen Yogurt
  • Curry
  • Oatmeal
  • Soups

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Homemade Coconut Milk

Yield: 4 1/2 cups
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prep time: 10 M cook time: 0 M total time: 10 M

ingredients:

  • 2 fresh coconuts
  • 4 cups water, luke warm

instructions:

How to make Homemade Coconut Milk

  1. Puncture a hole in the coconuts and drain. Reserve coconut water.
  2. Crack coconut and remove meat. Place coconut meat in high speed blender.
  3. Start at lowest speed, or pulse with gradually increasing intervals
  4. Pour mixture through either fine-mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or a filtration bag if on hand, into a mason jar or airtight container.
  5. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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Grace Rodriguez

Grace Rodriguez

From studying the Culinary Arts in high school to pursuing a Masters in Health Administration, my life has certainly taken a 180 in its course. Regardless of what I focus on, my main goal has always been to improve a person’s wellbeing and putting a smile on their face in the process. Food has always been and will always be a big part of my life. Growing up in NYC and being first-generation has truly been an incredible influence in my life. I’ve experienced so many different cultures in such a small amount of time, it has only made me appreciate the world that much more. When I’m not busy with work or school, I’m playing around with my Grandma’s old recipes or lounging with a book on the beach, completely disconnected. Life is all about the little moments and what better way to enjoy them than with a stomach full of goodness and a glowing tan.

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