If you love coconut milk then you’ll know that consuming it in large amounts can cost a pretty penny. Have you ever thought of making your own instead? It’s actually a very easy process that yields the most delectable coconut milk. You really can’t beat the freshness.
Of course, making coconut milk from a fresh coconut is ideal but this tropical fruit isn’t always available. That’s when opting for dried shredded coconut, also known as desiccated coconut, comes in handy.
In just a few minutes - and with a tiny bit of elbow grease - you'll have fresh, thick and creamy coconut milk you can use in countless sweet and savory recipes.
HOW TO MAKE COCONUT MILK FROM SHREDDED COCONUT
It’s important to point out that you’ll need unsweetened dried shredded coconut for this task and not the sweet kind.
I prefer getting shredded coconut in the bulk area of the grocery store because it is normally cheaper than the stuff kept in the baking aisle. Also, the baking aisle tends to carry only the sweetened version. Make sure to read the labels carefully (or taste the coconut if it is sold in bins).
Ok, on to the good stuff. Here’s a super simple way to make coconut milk from shredded coconut. For rich and creamy milk use two parts water to one part shredded coconut. Here's what you'll need:
unsweetened dried shredded coconut
a fine mesh colander or nut milk bag
a clean container for storage (preferably glass)
Pour water in a saucepan and heat until it is warm but not scalding. Turn off the heat and dump all of the coconut in the pot. Stir and let the mixture steep for at least 30 minutes.
Stir the mixture again and pour half the into the blender. Blend for a few minutes until you notice the mix is thick and creamy. Note: loosen the cap on the blender lid and place a kitchen towel over it so you don’t burn yourself with the steam.
Strain the coconut milk through a nut milk bag or fine mesh colander and press it well to drain away all liquid. Return coconut pulp to the blender and add remaining water. Repeat.
Store the coconut milk in a glass container with a lid. It keeps well for about three days. Shake well before using.
WATCH: HOW TO MAKE COCONUT MILK FROM SHREDDED COCONUT
Need to see the recipe in action? Watch this nifty video from Honeysuckle: