Type of dish: Fundamentals, Beverages
Servings: makes about 1½ quarts
Equipment: blender, cheesecloth
- 3 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
- 3 – 6 cups filtered water
- Place water and coconut in a blender and blend at high speed for 3 to 5 minutes to make a thin pulp.
- Using a cheesecloth, squeeze as much coconut milk out as possible.
- If you have a centrifugal juicer all the better.
- Should this recipe be used in cooking, it can be thickened by slow cooking/reduction in a saucepan on low heat. Keep refrigerated.
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Coconut milk is a super easy way to make . But i have the same problem Of Demon, tried this method with a couple of different brands of coconut flakes but it’s not as rich and full flavored as I would like. There does not seem to be enough fat in the dried flakes. Please tell me what i can do now
Use coconut butter, add warm water, mix and you will have coconut milk. No need to strain and no coconut meat that go to waste. 1/2 coconut butter with 31/2 cup of warm water gives a very rich milk. You can use less coconut butter for a lighter milk.
I’ve tried this method with a couple of different brands of coconut flakes but it’s not as rich and full flavored as I would like. There does not seem to be enough fat in the dried flakes.
what is the difference between coconut flakes and shredded unsweetened coconut?
Coconut flakes are “shaved”. Either flakes or shredded can be used, though shredded may be easier to find (and perhaps cheaper). The important point is that both should be unsweetened.
Has anyone tried to use this version of coconut milk for ice cream?
If using for ice cream reduce the amount of water by one third. The more concentrated the better. Also too much water will increase crystallization.
Can it be made in large batches to be frozen? What are the refrigerated shelf lives , as well as frozen, if freezing is allowed?
You can make this recipe in any quantity you prefer. Coconut milk freezes well and can be kept for 3 months (most frozen food shouldn’t be kept for longer than that). Refrigerated 2 – 3 weeks is about right.
Is there any reason to avoid leaving the coconut meat mixed in with the milk and eating it together? Obviously it is more gritty, but presumably that is good fiber.
what do you do with the strained out meat?
Some people use the meat as coconut flour.
Make coconut flour or mix it in with dogs feed(their coats will be really glossy)
Most of the good stuff in the coconut meat will have been leached out, so it won’t have much taste.