Natural homemade coconut milk

| July 12, 2016 | 21 Replies

Well, there is a very good chance to make the difference to your healthy approach of how to manipulate food by making yourself natural homemade coconut milk! The summer months are the perfect time to enjoy all the nutritional benefits coming out of a coconut.

Although modern life style allows us to grab every meal/product/food ready-made/sliced/pre-cooked, etc. and in a wide range at our convenience, including coconut milk (e.g at the super markets and health stores), it’s worth 100% to give it a try and make your own fresh ”milk”. It’s obvious that the process takes more time than buying it, especially this technique, but you will see afterwards that becoming a ”mad homecooker” is not a complicated science. Developing recipes from scratch makes you want to try new things, experiment with ingredients and develop your cooking skills. Natural homemade milk is good for you.

natural homemade coconut milk

After months of research I concluded that the long-term use of shop-bought coconut milk is not as safe as we think and we must not overlook some key reference points.

1. HOW and WERE is the coconut milk packed? – The package.

Do the containers in which the protected coconut milk is packaged for consumption bear a seal of warranty for our health?
The most common option that comes is canned or in cartons and most cans even organic brands might include BPA and cartons like tetra pack is actually a form of paperboard reinforced with aluminum as well as polyethylene coating. What is BPA? BPA is a chemical (in the top 2 percent of high-production volume chemicals) used to make plastics including materials that come into contact with foods and food storage containers. It is also used to make protective coatings and linings of food cans.

Even though EFSA explains that BPA poses no health risk to consumers because the exposure is too low to cause harm, according to studies BPA is seriously linked to possible neurobehavioural, reproductive, metabolic, immune disrupting normal function, childhood asthma and cardiovascular system effects and it is blamed for developing cancer. Exposure to BPA (to all age groups) from non-dietary sources such as canned food might involve possible risks to human health
So what does that leave? Buy products that come in glass containers rather than cans or plastic, or make your own base recipes from scrats! You will find BPA-free canned coconut milk that is quite expensive comparing to others, whilst much healthier and by far safer!

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2. Fortified coconut milk: Added vitamins, minerals, stabilizers, sweeteners.

In its naturally occurring form coconut milk includes manganese, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, potassium and other nutrients. Be careful what you buy though. Check the labels, you will be shocked! Skip any that is ”flavored” or contains artificial sweeteners, starches, salt and mainly avoid those with synthetic vitamins added in especially if you’re watching your sugar intake. The only thing they do is to disturb your gastrointestinal system and additionally can’t be metabolized by the body in equal terms as the natural ones .

3. Coconut concentration

100% Coconut? Be aware, the labels speak for themselves. Read them carefully. Usually the coconut content varies within the range of 2% to 8.5%.

Experience now the good benefits of natural homemade 100% coconut milk!

natural homemade coconut milk

Ingredients:

1 part fresh young coconut, organic natural homemade coconut milk
4 parts purified or filtered hot water

Equipment:

food processor
sieve
muslin cloth
bowl
jar with clamp lid, to store

e.g. (serves: 2 cups)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 cups water

Instructions:

Crack open a fresh young coconut.

Remove the meat and peal the brown skin using a peeler.

Cut the coconut into two or three chunks.

Put the coconut in a food processor and blitz for 3 minutes or so, until the coconut resembles fine rice.

Pour hot water over the coconut rice.

Close the processor’s lid and allow the mixture to rest for a few minutes into the processor.

In the meantime arrange the muslin cloth inside the sieve and place it over a bowl.

Now blend on high speed until the coconut liquid looks milky.

natural homemade coconut milk

Take the processor’s container and strain the liquid through the muslin cloth. Take the four corners of the cloth and hold them together and squeeze out the remaining coconut milk.

natural homemade coconut milk

Leave the coconut milk aside to cool down.

Put the coconut pulp into a container so all can be used again. Wash the muslin cloth and leave it to dry.

Use your coconut milk right away, save it in a jar with clamp lid or freeze it in an ice cube tray.

By implementing this technique, you can increase the quality of taste in your recipes (plain coconut milk, smoothies, savory dishes, desserts), you can feel revitalizing by the thought of drinking something ”orginal”, authentic, healthy and feel proud of the effort when making it. Rather than being lazy, prove yourself that you’ re more efficient in the kitchen!

natural homemade coconut milk

References:

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/sites/default/files/corporate_publications/files/factsheetbpa150121.pdf
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4419060/
http://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1476-069X-11-8
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm064437.htm
http://www.tetrapakrecycling.co.uk/faqs.asp

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  1. Diana says:

    I love coconut, and now i’m thinking that I need to go and buy one 🙂 yum!

  2. I love seeing how things are made that I can by at the store! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Cookilicious says:

    WOw..never tried coconut milk before although I love it in my smoothies. I have made almond milk and love that too. Will try this out as well. Thanks for sharing.

    • Editor says:

      You will love it! Since you’re making your own almond milk, the procedure will be a piece of cake for you.

  4. We get through a lot of coconut milk in our house, so I really should start making it myself.

  5. Beautiful page. Loved all the pics. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Good on you for “making your own”. There is no doubt that making things from scratch are much healthier for you than buying pre-prepared stuff from the supermarket.

  7. What a great tutorial. I adore coconut milk, so I will definitely try this!

  8. I have two coconut trees in my back yard — I am SO DOING THIS!

  9. Raia says:

    I love making my own coconut milk! It’s the only way to go. So much cheaper and healthier than store-bought!

  10. Christie says:

    I’ve always wanted to make my own. Thanks for the recipe

  11. Oh my, these photos are making me crave coconut milk and coconut desserts! I had no idea it was so easy to make coconut. I’ve seen coconuts on sale recently and haven’t bought one because I didn’t have a plan for what to do with it. Next time I see them on sale I am definitely buying one or two!

  12. safira says:

    I have recently become obsessed with coconut milk! SO happy to see this recipe!

  13. This looks pretty easy, and I do agree so much healthier. I will have to give this a try.

  14. Thanks for sharing! I could definitely use this in my morning smoothies for work!

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