Hello Friends!! So today I am posting about making your own fresh raw coconut milk. It might seem like a little bit of a daunting task, and don’t get me wrong, it definitely takes a little bit of patience, but after you do it a couple times, it becomes a lot easier!
So!! Start my picking out a brown coconut- when you’re at the grocery store, choose a coconut that looks healthy (no cracks or shrivelled parts of the shell), and also when you hold it up to your ear, you should hear a wonderful sloshing sound of the coconut water inside!
Then you are going to need a hammer or something similar to break it open. Please exercise extreme caution when doing this!!! The three “eyes” of the coconut should be facing down. I usually hold the coconut in my hand, and give the top portion a couple good wacks, (while watching carefully to not hit my hand haha). The amount of time it takes varies from coconut to coconut, but usually after a minute or so, you will start to see the shell cracking (I LOVE seeing that first crack- sooo satisfying!!) Eventually the top portion will be cracked enough that you can pull it off and the wonderfully sweet scent of the fresh coconut will hit your nose 🙂
Pour the coconut water into a small bowl and keep it for later. Wrap the coconut in a plastic bag and then hit it with the hammer in the centre of the coconut. Rotate it after every time you hit it. It shouldn’t take too long until the coconut breaks apart into a bunch of pieces.
Now you have to use a small knife to pry the white coconut flesh from the hard brown shell. Sometimes it will pop out fairly easy, and sometimes it’ll take a bit more work. Just please exercise caution as the knife can slip easily! (be patient and safe!!)
Once all the chunks are removed from the shells, use a vegetable peeler to remove the layer of brown “skin” still attached to the white coconut.
Now- you are going to need 2 cups of water. Use the coconut water as part of this measurement. So measure how much coconut water came out of the coconut and add some filtered water to bring you to 2 cups of water in total. (You can add an additional cup of water if you want the consistency to be thinner. If you want it to be thicker and creamier, use 2 cups!)
Put the water in your blender and slowly add a couple chunks of coconut at a time. Blend a few chunks and then add more coconut into the blender until all the coconut is blended. Now set up a bowl and mesh strainer to filter the coconut milk from the pulp.
Leave the strainer over the bowl for about 15 mins or so and use spatula to press down on the pulp and really get all the liquid out. Transfer the pulp to a jar, and the milk to a separate glass jar and voila! Fresh, raw, delicious, heavenly creamy and sweet coconut milk!! Use the milk for recipes and use the coconut pulp for baking or smoothies (gives everything an insanely creamy taste!!)
So there you have it folks!! I know it might seem like a lot of work, but it becomes second nature after you do it a couple times and it really is worth it. Much, MUCH better than the coconut milk from a can or box and puts a wonderfully fresh and rich complexity to recipes calling for coconut milk.
So give it a shot! After your first sip of Mother Nature’s sweet nectar, you won’t regret it!!!