Shockingly, coconut has that effect on me too. It takes me back to memories of childhood, where freshly grated coconut played an important role. And with all those memories rushing over, it doesn’t come as a surprise why styling this recipe became strenuous.
Before moving to the States, I’ve never heard of coconut milk in cans. We were spoilt with choices back home with freshly grated coconuts. My job was to make a run to the local grocery store, purchase freshly grated coconut and make a dash back home ASAP so that mom can continue what she does best with it — making curries!
That’s my mom’s tip and I’m giving it to you for free 🙂
- 1 fresh coconut — cracked, flesh removed from shell, peeled & chopped
- 1.5 cup of filtered hot water
- reserved coconut water
- Crack a fresh coconut. Reserve coconut water and carefully remove flesh with a butter knife. Peel the brown coating on coconut flesh with a vegetable peeler.
- Coarsely chop peeled coconut flesh and add it into a high-powered blender. Drizzle in hot water and reserved coconut water.
- Blend until smooth. It will take a few minutes to break down the flesh.
- Place a large strainer lined with a few layers of muslin/cheese cloth over a bowl. Add in blended coconut. With clean hands, gently squeeze out coconut milk as much as possible from pulp.
- This would yield a thicker and creamier coconut milk consistency that is suitable in cooking or baking. Store coconut milk in an airtight jar for up to a week.
- For drinking, return used coconut pulp back into blender with additional 1.5 cups of hot water or coconut water. Blend for a minute. Squeeze out as much coconut milk as possible. Allow coconut milk to sit in refrigerator until it separates. Skim out as much coconut oil from the top as possible. Coconut milk is ready to be consumed as a beverage.
This was definitely easier than homemade soy milk. If your love for coconuts is just as much (or more!), try this recipe and let me know 🙂
Have you tried making homemade coconut milk before? Any tips or tricks you’d care to share?