Making Coconut Milk at Home
Well I have wanted to try making my own coconut milk at home for some time. I have been buying Thai Kitchen organic coconut milk for some time. Mainly I use it in place of milk or creamer in my coffee. But it is also yummy in oatmeal and amaranth. Today I ran out of the canned stuff and am not planning on going into town so I guess it is time! 🙂
When you think about it, it makes sense – you are paying for the water that is added and the can goes in garbage or recycling. I am all about saving waste- I buy my dry organic coconut from the local coop in bulk – bringing my own container for refills and I use my own purified water for the process. I can dry the left over fiber for coconut flour for future yummies or use it in smoothies or pancakes right away. Some time ago I did purchase a nut milk bag on Amazon in anticipation of this day. It made straining so much easier. Make sure to wash your hands before you do this because squeezing the bag by hand is really required to get all the coconut milk out of the bag.
I elected to try the Smart Nutrition recipe since it is a smaller batch than Wellness Mama. But either one is fine. It could not have been easier to make and only took about 10 minutes. I am going to freeze the fiber left over to add to smoothies or use in baked goods. I could dry it but I wanted to see how freezing does.
Homemade Coconut Milk
- 1 cup (90g) shredded unsweetened coconut
- 2 cups hot water
- Place the coconut and water in a high powered blender.
- Turn on low then up to high speed.
- Blend for 3 minutes.
- If you are using in a soup or a curry, I recommend using as is. If you plan on using it as a beverage, then filter through a fine mesh sieve, cheesecloth, or nut milk bag. You can keep the sediment to add to smoothies or dry it out at a low oven temp and use as coconut flour. Store in the fridge.
Makes 660 ml (2 and 2/3 cup)
Mine did not make as much as the recipe stated as you can see by the picture it was more like 1 ¾ cup.
It was also not as thick as the coconut milk from Thai Kitchen, but it tasted yummy!