Coconut Milk Recipe

How fun, interesting, and convenient would it be to make Coconut Milk on your own?

Coconut Milk is a white, creamy, and opaque liquid that’s usually made of grated coconut flesh. It is also known for its rich quality with a hint of nutty and sweet flavors from fresh and all-natural coconuts.

Because of how delicious, healthy, and useful it is, coconut milk is widely used all over the world. It is a popular kind of milk in Asian, Indian, and Caribbean recipes that make dishes a whole lot better.

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There are many reasons why you should make Coconut Milk. You can use it as an alternative for dairy, as a drink, or even as an ingredient for your favorite dishes. It’s surely going to be a healthy recipe that makes your life and recipes better!

How to Make Coconut Milk

Instead of buying Coconut Milk, it is finally time that you learn how to do it at home. It’s a practical way of putting your coconuts to good use and a healthy option to make your own milk.

After you try it, you won’t be able to get enough Coconut Milk!

Ingredients

Let’s make it real Coconut Milk by using pure coconuts, shall we?

Coconuts

There are so many reasons to love coconuts!

A coconut is the fruit of the coconut palm tree which is a tropical plant usually found in Southeast Asia. The coconut palm tree is also called the “tree of life” because of how useful it and its fruits can be.

It’s a large, round fruit with one seed inside. The coconut has three layers: the husk, the seed, and the shell. The outside of the coconut is called the husk while the shell is what contains the seed.

Meanwhile, the coconut seed is the edible part of the fruit. It has coconut water and the coconut meat. The liquid part is clear and extra refreshing while the meat is white and crunchy when you eat it.

Coconuts are some of the best fruits to enjoy if you want to feel the summer vibe. They are ultimately freshening no matter how you use them. With the perfect balance of sweet and nutty flavors, you will surely love coconuts.

Health Benefits of Coconuts

  • Adding coconuts to your diet can improve oral and dental health.
  • According to WebMD, these fruits can help burn fat.
  • They are also loaded with vitamins to boost immunity.
  • Style Craze mentioned that coconuts can increase your energy for the day.
  • Just like regular water, coconut water can keep you hydrated.

There are plenty of fun and interesting ways to use these fruits. Once you learn how to open a coconut, you will always find yourself looking for ways to make the most of it.

Directions

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  1. Open the coconut.
  2. Pour the coconut water into a container
  3. Then, scrape off the coconut meat.
  4. Use a knife to dice the coconut meat.
  5. Add the coconut meat and water to a blender or food processor.
  6. Blend the contents until smooth.
  7. Filter the milk with a sieve or cheesecloth.
  8. Press the pulp against the sieve with a spoon.
  9. Finally, the milk is ready to use or store!
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Now that you have your Coconut Milk, you can use it for cooking your favorite recipes of all time, especially during the summer. It’s delicious, healthy, and purely organic!

Tips

Buying coconuts

  • Shake the coconut to check if it has lots of coconut water inside.
  • Oh, The Things We’ll Make also suggests checking the coconut eyes for molds or cracks.
  • Always choose heavier coconuts for more water and meat inside.
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Storing coconuts

  • Keep coconuts at room temperature for several weeks.
  • Once opened, store them in the fridge or freezer for a week.
  • Savory Suitcase suggests keeping them away from sunlight and heat.

Opening a coconut

Here are the steps you need to know to become a pro at opening coconuts:

  1. Make a hole in the soft eye of the coconut.
  2. Pour the coconut water into a glass.
  3. Then, use a hammer to crack the fruit open.
  4. Pound the husk to expose the coconut meat.
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Coconut Milk Variations

Do you want to make Coconut Milk more exciting?

Aside from a one-ingredient recipe, you can add sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, sugar, vanilla extract, nutmeg, salt, lemon juice, cocoa powder, date paste, and more.

In case you want to tone down the nutty and sweet taste, you can season the milk with citrus zest or juice, nuts, and even chocolates. Feel free to customize the flavor according to use and preference.

Now, you can add coconut milk to the recipes you can make from fresh fruits such as raisins, dried apple slices, and dark chocolate! For more milk options, you can try almond milk for a nutty taste.

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No-Blender Coconut Milk

If you don’t have a blender, juicer, o food processor, then there is still a way to make your coconut milk.

  1. Prepare the coconut with a knife.
  2. Then, use a grater for the coconut meat.
  3. Mix the grated coconut with coconut water until well combined.
  4. Filter the contents with a nutmilk bag or sieve.

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  • Knife: Use the knife to open and slice the coconut.
  • Blender: Mix the contents in a blender.
  • Sieve: Filter the milk using a sieve.
  • Spoon: Squeeze the milk out with a sieve and spoon.
  • Bottle: Store the coconut milk in a bottle.

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How to Serve and Use Coconut Milk

Are you excited to drink and use the Coconut Milk?

Coconut milk is best served immediately upon making it because it still holds the natural flavor and texture of the milk. The best time to drink this milk is in the mornings, at least an hour before your first meal. 

Moreover, you can enjoy it with cereal, soups, smoothies, and oatmeal. It’s also a good non-dairy alternative for your baking ideas. Here are some recipes you can try with coconut milk:

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Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: Don’t let the coconut milk sit at room temperature for longer than two hours.

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In the fridge: Pour the milk into a bottle. Then, refrigerate it for up to three days. 

To freeze: Freeze the milk in ice cube trays. Once frozen solid, transfer them into a freezer bag to store for a month.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is coconut milk good for you?

Coconut milk is healthy for several reasons. For example, according to a study by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, it has medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which help with weight loss and waist slimming. 

This can also boost your immune system because of its lauric acid content. 

Can we drink coconut milk?

Of course, we can! Actually, coconut milk is one of the healthiest kinds of milk we can make at home. It’s also an all-natural source of nutrients and flavor to keep your healthy and satisfied.

What is coconut milk best used for?

Aside from drinking coconut milk, you can use it to cook different dishes. I especially suggest using it as a substitute for dairy milk when you want to bake something. You can also add it to smoothies and milkshakes!

What is coconut milk made of?

Coconut milk is made of pure coconut meat. You can also add in water, seasonings, sweeteners, and other ingredients to make it tastier.

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Coconut Milk

5 from 1 vote
Coconut milk has definitely become a dairy-free milk substitute for recipes, beverages, and pastries. What’s great about homemade coconut milk is that it’s completely organic and free from any preservatives or additives.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3
Course Drinks
Cuisine Southeast Asia
Calories 62kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 coconuts (peeled and chopped)
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • cup water

Instructions
 

  • Open the coconut.
  • Pour the coconut water into a container. 
  • Then, scrape off the coconut meat.
  • Use a knife to dice the coconut meat.
  • Add the coconut meat and water to a blender or food processor.
  • Blend the contents until smooth.
  • Filter the milk with a sieve or cheesecloth.
  • Press the pulp against the sieve with a spoon.
  • Finally, the coconut milk is ready to use or store!

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Notes

  • Remember not to let the coconut milk sit at room temperature for 2 hours.
  • Store it in an airtight bottle for later use. And refrain from giving coconut milk to a baby until he or she turns a year old. 
  • Use the meat and water to strengthen the flavor of the coconut milk and to make it a creamy consistency.
  • Add water according to how thick you want the milk to be. The more water you put in, the thinner the consistency will be.
  • The hammering will later cause a fracture in the coconut to break it apart. Exert force in this step because the exterior can be tough to break.
  • To thaw, let milk defrost in the fridge overnight or for a few hours. It can also be placed in a container to undergo a cold water bath to thaw. Alternatively, put some frozen coconut milk cubes in a glass and heat it in the microwave for several minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 100ml (of 550ml)Calories: 62kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 29mgPotassium: 113mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Coconut, Coconut drink, Coconut milk, healthy milk, homemade, Milk alternative, vegan

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