It is fast. And easy. Cheap. Tasty. Healthy. And FUN!
Let's make our own coconut milk!
Whenever I'm looking for milk in the supermarket, I am always surprised by all the additives they put in vegan milk. So I'm happy I always have plenty of alternatives to turn to at home, and here is one of my favorites: homemade coconut milk.
Do you have 2 minutes? Yeey, let's get started!
Step 1: 2 ingredients
You need just 2 ingredients:
- Shredded coconut
Step 2: Your tools
You need something to strain the milk: towel, cheese cloth or nut milk bag.
Before, I used a clean, old TOWEL. I works well enough, but you will need some force to strain the milk. So it might take you a bit longer to make the milk.
A CHEESE CLOTH is perfect to do the job. You can buy this for $3 at the supermarket.
But I prefer the NUT MILK BAG. I bought this one for $10 at Amazon, it's really sturdy and easy to clean. Btw, I use it to make turmeric juice, hence the yellow stains. But this is just the powerful pigment of the turmeric, it's not dirty.
And get your blender ready as well!
Step 3: Measure the ingredients
You need 1 part coconut for 2 parts water
Here I took 1 cup coconut for 2 cups of water.
The coconut is very dry and doesn't add a lot of volume to the milk.
So if you want 2 cups of coconut milk, use 2 cups of water and 1 cup of coconut.
Step 4: Pour into your blender....
Step 5: ... blend as hard as you can for a minute....
Step 6: ... and you are done!
Step 7: Strain...
Pour the mixture through the nut milk bag.
Needless to say, but please, use a recipient for your milk ;-)
If you are using the towel or the cheese cloth, it might be easier when you lay the towel/cloth in a sieve. Easier, but not necessary.
Step 8: ... everything!
Use a spatula to get everything out of your blender.
The sticky stuff is coconut fat, very tasty and healthy!
Step 9: Squeeeeze really hard
Squeeze all the milk out.
In the bag, only the fibers are left. They have no flavor or fat any more, so best to compost it.
Step 10: Fresh coconut milk!
Yeey, here is your first batch of coconut milk!
Would you like to flavor it?
Add vanilla, cinnamon, turmeric, pitted dates,... with the water and coconut to your blender.
Step 11: By the way
Your coconut milk will separate after a minute or 10. This is normal, it is just the coconut cream (the oils) that separate from the water. Just stir or give it a shake and you are good to go!
I use the milk always within a day, but I guess it stays easily good for 3 days in your fridge.
Enjoy your coconut drink, bye!