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Coconut Milk (Home Made!)

I love all things coconut.  Especially coconut milk.  It tastes great on its own or as an addition to smoothies or oatmeal!  While commercial brands of coconut milk are available for purchase (thank you So Delicious and Trader Joe’s!), there’s nothing quite like the taste of home made coconut milk.  It’s a drink you’ll want to savor.  And when you make it at home, you know it’s free from added sugars and preservatives. 

Another plus?  Research is beginning to show possible health benefits from consuming coconut products.  Consuming coconut may assist in losing weight, strengthening the immune system, reducing the risk of heart disease, and improving skin and hair health.  For more details, click on the link below:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/409614-the-health-benefits-of-coconut-milk/

 

Coconut Milk
Coconut Milk

 

The ingredient list for this recipe is simple: 1 young coconut.  Young coconuts are white on the outside and are usually clearly labeled.

 

Young Coconut
Young Coconut

 

Use a large, sharp knife to begin to break into the coconut about 1 – 1.5 inches from the point of the coconut.

 

Preparing Young Coconut
Preparing Young Coconut

 

If your knife (like mine!) isn’t sharp, it may be necessary to shave off the sides of the coconut to gain access to the shell underneath.

 

Cutting Young Coconut
Cutting Young Coconut

 

My best advice?  Don’t give up!  When a crack appears in the shell, you are well on your way.  I often use the tip of my knife or fingers as leverage to finish opening the coconut.  As long as you are careful, anything goes!

 

Opened Young Coconut
Opened Young Coconut

 

Pour the coconut water into your blender and use a spoon to scrape the meat from the shell.

 

Scraping Meat Out of Young Coconut
Scraping Meat Out of Young Coconut

 

You will end up with a good sized pile of coconut meat (I can never resist eating a piece!).  It’s then time to pick off any small, brown pieces of shell that are stuck to the coconut meat.

 

Young Coconut Meat
Young Coconut Meat

 

Add the cleaned coconut meat to the coconut water in the blender.

 

Coconut Water and Meat
Coconut Water and Meat

 

And blend until smooth!  You’re then ready to enjoy a glass of fresh, creamy coconut milk!

 

Aerial View of Coconut Milk
Aerial View of Coconut Milk

 

Home Made Coconut Milk (Plus How to Open a Coconut)
 

Ingredients
  • 1 young coconut

Instructions
  1. Open young coconut (see tips on opening above)
  2. Pour coconut water into blender
  3. Scrape coconut meat from coconut shell
  4. Scrape any brown shell pieces from the meat
  5. Add cleaned coconut meat to blender
  6. Blend until smooth
  7. Serve immediately or refrigerate

 

One Trackback

  • By Macadamia Nut Porridge | The Fussy Fork on February 4, 2014 at 11:38 am

    […] assemble your ingredients.  Why is there a coconut in my picture?  I decided to make fresh coconut milk for my porridge.   Store bought coconut milk, however, also works […]

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