Monday, April 25, 2011

How To Make Coconut Milk from a Fresh Coconut

Fresh Coconut Milk is so creamy and frothy and yummy! Using a fresh coconut, a blender and a little patience you can make this coconut milk- fresh!  It is very cost effective if you can find your coconuts for a decent price! I got this coconut for $1.50 at an Middle Eastern market- you can check your local ethnic markets for great deals on produce!  For $1.50  I got: Coconut Water,  1 qt. Coconut Milk, and Coconut Flesh (Shredded)  which could then be turned into coconut flour!  What a bargain!

1.) Drill a hole in one of the "eyes" of the coconut and then drain the coconut water. (Or stick a straw in and have a tropical getaway moment.)

2.) Wrap coconut in a kitchen towel.  Find your wooden rolling pin or hammer.  Put coconut on a cement floor and WHACK the coconut in the middle with the weapon of choice. Take out some aggression on this! Some coconuts are trickier than others to crack open.

 3.)  Remove coconut flesh from outer hard shell. ( A butter knife works.)

4.) There is a brown skin that is on the coconut flesh.  I peeled mine off with a vegetable peeler. Watch your fingers!

5.)  Try some of the coconut meat- yum yum chewy!

6.) Put all of the coconut meat into the blender. Add 1 quart of water until coconut pieces are covered.
7.) Blend on HIGH. Make sure you have lid on tight!

8.)  Voila-   Get a mesh strainer and some cheesecloth (or designated straining cloth or nut milk bag) and pour coconut+coconut milk mixture through cheesecloth. 

 9.) Squeeze cloth with coconut to get remaining milk out from coconut meat.

 Look at that- one quart of coconut milk!   You could even run it through the blender with more water one more time if you want!
10.) Separate coconut meat into a bowl when most of liquid has been squeezed out.

Then- stick coconut flakes in your dehydrator to dry the coconut for coconut shavings! I use this coconut to decorate cakes all the time! And on chocolate covered strawberries- it's gorgeous!  You could also dehydrate it on a baking sheet in a warm oven.
My 3 yr old helping spread the coconut in the dehydrator tray.

I think, if you had a fine flour mill, once it's dried, you could mill it into coconut flour! Yum!

Enjoy Your Homemade Coconut Milk!

-Nourishing Creations-

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Satya said...

nice presentation

Super Yummy Recipes

Jennie said...

Wow! I will have to give this a go sometime! I will also check out some of your other TF recipes too! I found you over at Real Food Wed. on the blog hop.
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Jennie @ Purehomemaking

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