Coconut Milk, i bet a lot of us are using it often in the kitchen. Its exotic flavor packs quite a punch and enhances a myriad of dishes — from soups and stews to curries and baked goods. You can also use it in smoothies or simply sipping it on its own with a dash of cinnamon or pitted dates to enchance the flavour.
Did you know you can easily make your own coconut milk at home with only two ingredients?
While you really love to use coconut milk in my cooking, I’m sure you don’t always love the additives you’ll find when reading the back of the can labels. You’ll be left to compare and contrast all the various cans while at the market in order to find the rare version that does not contain any gums or other things you can’t pronounce. Straight coconut milk is surprisingly difficult to find, so why don’t you make your own ? There’s no comparing of labels and no sneaky extras 🙂
There are so many ways that you can use coconut milk in your kitchen! Most often, you can use it as a substitute for regular milk. You can dunk it the corner of a brownie into a glass of this stuff, or simply drinking it plain. However, its uses are vast and variable. You can go traditional and use it in curries or in other Asian fare, or even just to flavor a pot of rice. Add it to a smoothie to make it rich and thick or use it in place of milk when baking. The possibilities are endless.
How To Make Your Own Coconut Milk
1 (8-ounce) package unsweetened shredded coconut
4 cups hot water
Nut milk bag (see Recipe Note)
Medium-sized mixing bowl
Mason jars (for storage)
- Combine the coconut and hot water in a blender: Empty the package of finely shredded coconut into the blender. It may seem like a lot of coconut, but it is just enough to get the job done. Measure out four cups of very hot water (near boiling) and pour it directly over the coconut shreds.
- Allow the mixture to rest: Let the coconut and hot water sit in the blender for a few minutes to give the coconut time to soften before continuing onto the next step.
- Blend the mixture: Blend on high for 1 to 2 minutes until the coconut is pureed and the mixture looks milky. You will still have flecks of coconut in the mixture.
- Pour the mixture into a nut milk bag: Open the nut bag and arrange it inside a medium-sized mixing bowl. Pour the coconut mixture from the blender into the nut milk bag.
- Squeeze out the coconut milk: Cinch the nut bag shut. Take the bag in both hands and squeeze it out over your mixing bowl. The finished milk should easily pass through the bag. Continue to squeeze and wring out your bag until you’ve extracted as much of the milk as possible. You can discard or compost the leftover coconut pulp in the nut bag; if you have a dehydrator, the pulp can be dried and used as coconut flour.
- Bottle the coconut milk: Transfer the coconut milk into a storage vessel of your choice, like large mason jars, swing top jars, or other air-tight container. Store in the refrigerator until using.
- Storing and using homemade coconut milk: This milk can be used right away, stored for up to four days in the refrigerator in an airtight container, or frozen for up to 3 months. Your coconut milk will separate after being refrigerated (or when thawed after being frozen) — this is normal! Just give it a good shake and it should be ready to use. Use homemade coconut milk as you would any other coconut milk.
We make our own Coconut Milk fresh by order so you’ll get it fresh from the blender 🙂
Here’s some picture from today’s making of the Coconut Milk :