Everyone loves Coconut Water, so why not Coconut milk?
Most people in the United States who’ve tried Coconut Milk most likely purchased some prepackaged version from the shelf of their local grocery store… Yuck!!!! Any true Coconut Aficionado knows that Coconut milk must be made from the comfort of your own home in order to taste great! No really I’m very Serious!
There is a huge difference in the taste of a store bought version of coconut milk and the real thing! Why you might ask? Real coconut milk only lasts a few days, therefore any store bought version MUST have preservatives added. Plus, what could be better than squeezing fresh coconut milk with your bare hands? That’s where the love comes into play :)
Coconut milk has proven to be a fantastic alternative for all of us who love eating rich creamy food but have some variation of a gluten or dairy intolerance. For us, coconut is always our first option when a dish calls for milk. The best part of using coconut milk is that it adds an unparalleled freshness to any plate!
Are you a fan of Asian cooking? If so you should be familiar with the extensive use of coconut milk in many dishes. One of the main reasons… It’s readily available and fairly inexpensive! Additionally, using fresh coconut while cooking helps mild down the spiciness of most dishes.
Today, you can easily find a bag of unadulterated shredded coconut online or maybe if you’re lucky enough some fresh coconut meat from a coconut palm outside (for all us living in the tropics that is).
If you think that making coconut milk will be a tricky task, think again! Get ready to see how truly easy it can be to make a bowl of fresh coconut milk in the comforts of your own home!
How to make Coconut Milk at home?
The first step is to get your hands on some coconut meat. As previously mentioned, either purchase this online or go find a nice mature coconut. If using a fresh coconut, always choose one which has less water.
FYI as coconuts mature, the water content decreases and the meat content increases. Therefore if you are opting for a fresh coconut, don’t choose a young coconut or it will only have pulp, no meat... This isn’t a bad thing as the pulp is delicious and the water is much sweeter… Yet when making coconut milk, the thicker the meat the better the milk.
Once you crack the coconut in half, grate the white meat or just cut the white meat into small portions and blend it with some water. We like to use the ratio of 2 cups of water to 1 cup of coconut meat. However, in all reality, you can use whatever ratio your little heart desires :)
Once the whole mixture turns into a paste, take it out and strain it. Some people like to use a cheese cloth or a muslin cloth, or you can even use a mesh strainer. Make sure you squeeze all of the liquid out of the paste into a glass jug.
Then let the liquid sit overnight. The next day you will see that the cream rises to the top and the “skim milk” sits underneath. We like to cook with the cream so we always set that aside, yet some people like to stir it together in order to get a nice “whole milk” version.
Voila… There you have it… Fresh Homemade Coconut Milk!
Also if you’re really feeling special, add some raw vanilla, cayenne, or cinnamon and watch the flavors explode in your mouth!
Highlighting the Use of Coconut Milk in Daily Cooking
- You can make curries, soups, stews and even sweets by using coconut milk.
- If you have a gluten or dairy intolerance, using coconut milk is a wise choice. With this, you can make your dishes creamier and tastier.
- If you want your chicken to have a rich taste, roast it with coconut milk and some fresh spices. Coconut milk will help keep the chicken moist and infuse it with the spices evenly.
- If you feel too lazy to cook a healthy meal then add half a cup of coconut milk in hot oatmeal with a pinch of cinnamon, raisins, nuts and honey to get a healthy breakfast within minutes.
- You can make your cream pasta healthier by making a white sauce using coconut milk. Sounds crazy right? Granted it might taste a bit different, but it will definitely be a much lighter version!
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