This fluffy white coconut milk was so easy to make, wholesome and packed full of nutrients and good fats to keep you healthy. In my family we go through a lot of nut, oat and organic soya milk and if you do you maths 4 cartoons a week at the price of $4.50 isn't cheap right?
All you need to make coconut milk is 1 coconut, 4 cups of water, a cheese cloth ( a fine sieve will also do) and a blender.
It will only take you 5 minutes to make and you know exactly whats in it. Store brought canned coconut milk can contain BPA., a chemical thats been found in consumer goods since the 50s. This chemical is avoided world wide yet still visible in 95% of adults urine. Scary stuff...
Coconut milk is used in many of things from smoothies to ice blocks, curries and soups which brings me to storing coconut milk. Its easy to freeze homemade coconut milk and pop some in a soup or curry when needed. It will dissolve in the hot liquid and voila! who needs a can!
Drink the water out of your coconut, break it and then scoop out the inside flesh.
A few notes you need to remember here-
If you want to make a fine coconut flour after you have made the coconut flesh into milk then leave the brown layer that surrounds the flesh behind.
In my pictures below you will see that I have left the shell on as I feel it doesn't affect the taste (it's a lot less work with extra fibre) This dehydrates into a great desiccated coconut.
Soak you coconut over night in water and you will get a lot more out of the flesh! You can skip this step if in a rush...
Into the blender place the soaked coconut flesh ( throw out the water it soaked in) and 4 cups of fresh water. Blend until smooth.
Drain as much liquid as you can through a cheesecloth or fine sieve.
Place whatever coconut meal you have left into a dehydrator or oven on a low heat and dry until you have flour or desiccated coconut!
Store the coconut milk in a container and it should last about a week. Makes 1 Litre
A creative idea- My son loves you make the hard outer coconut shells into birds nest (the birds also love it) ! or drill a few holes in the bottom, fill hem with compost and grown some micro herbs, wheatgrass or herbs!