Mmmmm, Coconut Milk, just sounds refreshing! And when I saw this post from one of my favorite bloggers, “One Good Thing” by Jillee, I had to put it to the test! She is crazy nuts about the same things I am! I look forward to every post! She posts things I can’t wait to try making myself!
Coconut Milk… So what is it? What is it good for? Fresh, homemade coconut milk is far richer in vitamins, food enzymes and nutrients than coconut milk from a can or box. Fresh coconut milk contains three times as much vitamin C as canned coconut milk and is richer in thiamin, niacin, and vitamin B6. Cutting your own coconut open is hard to do, so this recipe is definitely the easier route to get most of the same nutrients from shaved coconut.
Real coconut spoils rather quickly, so unless you live in a Tropical paradise, you probably will receive a coconut that has been treated to slow down the molding process. With that said, the best coconut milk is one that you can make yourself. www.freecoconutrecipes.com is packed full of information on coconuts and recipes and how to make coconut milk yourself.
Here was how I did it… I really was just trying this recipe out just to see if I could make milk out of coconut flakes and didn’t go out and buy the REAL organic coconut like I should have. I thought just the regular coconut tasted just fine until I did my research on it. Coconut flakes need to be organic and you need to look for a bag that is not treated with sulfites and is not sweetened. I did not know that! The original recipe wasn’t specific about these details, and for my purpose of just trying the recipe out, I didn’t really care this time around… But now that I know it worked even with the generic coconut flakes and I did my research and discovered how bad these coconut flakes are for you, you betcha I will go back and find the organic unsweetened unsulfited (made that word up, lol) coconut flakes to try this recipe again…
So here is the recipe for coconut milk.
1/2 cup unsweetened organic coconut flakes with no sulfites
4 cups HOT water not boiling.
Really? It is that simple? Oh my gosh… Now you know why I was obsessed to run to my cabinet for my already sweetened crappy coconut and test it out as fast as I could. Part of my creative addiction. Trial and error is a must in my life. I really should do more research on what I do before I do it, but WHAT FUN IS THAT??? lol
So here is how you do it…
Take 1/2 cup coconut flakes and pour it into your blender or your Magic Bullet… BUT MAKE SURE IT HAS A TIGHT SEAL!!!! I did not know that my NEW Magic Bullet (the blender attachment) had no seal… Then you take hot water and push down on the FAST blender? Let’s just say that I will NEVER use the blender attachment again. What fun would it be if this didn’t happen to me? lol OUCH!!
So, I decided to still use the Magic Bullet, but use the smaller attachments that I knew had a seal. I wasn’t about to give up even though I had coconut on my walls and cupboard doors and on the floor. lol (TRUST ME, this was my first experience with a blender explosion…now I can say that has happened to me, lol)
Let’s try this again… Take 1/2 cup organic unsweetened unsulfited coconut flakes, and 1 cup of hot water… I just set my teapot on the stove to almost boiling and then I knew it was hot enough.
Isn’t my teapot cute? Though unfortunately it does not whistle… 😦
Blend for 20 pulses (I didn’t take a photo of the blending process, sorry)… Probably because I was still in pain from the hot water hitting me. lol
Strain out the coconut and press down on it to really squeeze out the milk. I would use something else rather than your hand to push down on it… he he I got these strainers together at the dollar store! They worked great, but I still used a spoon on top of them to push down the milk.
I found THIS on another blog from Crunchy Betty (don’t you just love her title?). It was a comment from one of the readers which actually made sense and really would be something I would like to try. The first squeeze is called “Kakang Gata” (meaning thick coconut milk). The thickness of the milk will dictate its use. So, for each time that you squeeze the milk out, it has varying potencies and will be used for certain things. See her full comment posted at the end. I didn’t see her comment until I did more research to blog about my findings after I already made the milk. So I mixed mine back and forth because I knew the last cup of milk made would be way less potent.
I like that she commented on this post. Coming from someone who uses and can share her experiences on this way of making coconut milk. That means more than research and hard testing in a lab sometimes for me.
The second squeeze is just “Gata”. Take the strained coconut from the first squeeze and throw it back in the blender with another 1 cup of HOT water. Blend for 20 pulses again and squeeze the milk out again the same way (now put this one in a different container). You could label it #2 so you don’t forget what Gata and Kakang Gata means, lol…
Do this 2 more times for a total of 4 cups of yummy coconut milk.
IT’S THAT SIMPLE!!!
Here is what it made…
Keep in mind that this will not keep in your refrigerator longer than 1 week. So, if you plan to use the milk, plan a week where you can actually get to your recipes to make them.
Here is the post from the reader on Crunchy Betty’s blog.