Make Your Own Coconut Milk

There are so many thing you can do with shredded unsweetened coconut! We've already made coconut butter, and now we're going to make coconut milk. You can get a can of organic coconut milk for about $2 at its cheapest. Those cans are often lined with BPA and may contain added ingredients such as guar gum. Coconut milk is vastly cheaper to make at home anyways. I use the organic shredded coconut from Tropical Traditions.

Ingredients:
1 c. shredded unsweetened coconut
2 c. filtered water


First, heat the water. It does not need to be boiling, it just needs to be hot. Put the coconut and water in a good blender like the Blendtec. I like to let mine sit for at least an hour and as long as all day (if I get busy) that way the coconut can reconstitute. I feel like the milk comes out better this way. This is optional, though.


Put the Blendtec on the juice setting, or on high for about 1 minute. Strain the pulp out with a nut milk bag.


Store in a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Because there are no stabilizers, the fat will rise to the top. Just give the jar a shake before you use it.


Alternatively, you can use the coconut butter mentioned at the beginning of the post to make coconut milk. Because they coconut is already concentrated, you use less. Use 1 tablespoon of coconut butter to 3 cups of water to make coconut milk. Blend together and follow the rest of the steps as outlined above.

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25 comments:

  1. love this..thanks

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  2. I've tried making coconut milk before (in my Vitamix blender) and it was still grainy.... it was undrinkable for me. Is yours grainy? do you drink it or do you plan on using it in baking?
    Tiffany

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  3. Tiffany, Did you blend it long enough? You could always strain the solids out as well, especially if you're going to drink it. Mine is a little grainy, but I only plan on using it for cooking, mostly Indian foods.

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  4. Brilliant! I'm definitely trying this!

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  5. Is it possible to do this using a juicer? It seems like that may work better but I've never made it either way.

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  6. Anonymous, I don't have a juicer, but I've heard you cannot put coconut in a juicer. Also, you would still need to add a lot of water. That's how coconut milk is made, even in cans - it just doesn't have enough water naturally.

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    1. Hi just wanted to say that you can put coconut in a juicer without water,depending on the type of juicer you have. I have an omega 8006 and it does a wonderful job and with the pulp you can make coconut flour. Its soo easy !!

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  7. What are the benefits of coconut milk. and what do you use it for?

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  8. Kayo, Coconut anything is very healthy. A lot of people use coconut milk if they cannot have dairy. Coconut milk is a popular ingredient in Indian cooking, so I mostly just use it when I'm making Indian food.

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  9. Thanks, I am going to do this. With food prices going up, these diy ingredients really help me save so I can do more with our small budget.

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  10. I love coconut milk but Its hard to spend $3 on a half gallon! Love this idea and would love if you could share this at my blog hop http://www.ablossominglife.com/2012/12/frugal-crafty-home-3.html

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  11. Excellent idea! I have been avoiding canned goods because of the bpa, but I like coconut milk for recipes :)
    I would love to have you share this on Wildcrafting Wednesday next week! In the meantime, we'd love to have you stop by and vote for your favorite post on our People's Choice Awards!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2012/12/peoples-choice-award-for-wildcrafting-wednesday.html

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  12. you can also make almond milk put one cup of almonds in four cups of water and let it sit overnight in the morning put it in the food processor then put it in a glass jar you can strain it if you want to. I don't strain it I only use it for my protein smoothies in the morning with fruit etc.. and i don't want to remove any of the nutrition

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  13. After soaking the nuts/seeds overnight the water used for soaking should be discarded.

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  14. We did similar to this when we lived in the Philippines. Try cooking chicken in it~ it's Yummy!

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  15. Sorry, I'm always confused when recipes call for coconut milk -- whether it means the canned (full fat) version or the carton version. Which does this recipe replace?

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  16. I tried my darnedest to make coconut milk from scratch with fresh coconut and my pathetic attempts at hand-wrenching the precious milk from the meat. I think your method looks way more effective, and would be a wonderful way to incorporate a bit more coconut milk into my life. Have you seen the recipes for coconut cream where you pulse coconut oil and dried coconut together? Looks divine, just like this!

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  17. Going to try this thank you! I tried in vain to prise the coconut meat away from the shells to make some milk in a similar way! Any tips on getting meat off the shell????
    Also a cheats way to make almond milk quickly is 4 cups water, 4 dates, 2 scoops pure almond butter and a pinch of salt whizz up and put in the fridge - again it seperates so just needs a stir when you want to use it! Carla

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  18. For the people that are dealing with the grainy coconut milk. take a wash cloth not cheese cloth.
    and use it as a strainer. You will thank me. seriously.

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  19. How much does it cost to make this if I were to make this any given today?

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    1. I'm sorry, but I don't think I'm understanding your question. As stated in the post, it cost me 62¢ to make a 20-ounce jar. I suppose it would vary based on where you live and what ingredients you are able to get in your area.

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  20. The last can of coconut milk I bought cost me almost $6. at the health food store. (13 oz)I live in a small town. Even looked at ordering some online but the shipping costs are astronomical. I am heating my water as I write this. :)

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  21. I make my own coconut milk pretty similar. I've also done it with fresh coconut. Just blend the fresh coconut milk with coconut water + a little extra hot water. Easy both ways.

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