Make Your Own Coconut Milk

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Coconut milk is my all time favorite smoothie additive. I have happily stumbled upon Trader Joes coconut milk thats only $1, but before that, I had absolutely no options that didn’t have additives. This recipe is simple and straightforward. And of course, it has nothing but coconut and water. It can save you a good amount of cash if you don’t have a good resource for good quality, inexpensive coconut milk. There are two ways of making this that lead to slightly different results. The first offers a cleaner result with silkier texture, but using a cheesecloth traps some of the delicious oils. The second method is without a cheesecloth. The only downside is there is more coconut in the finished product. One last note, this coconut milk is meant to resemble what you get in a can, not what you can get in the dairy section of the market. If you’d like this, add two more cups of water.

Gather
1 cup dried, unsweetened coconut
2 cups water
Fine mesh strainer
Cheesecloth (optional, read variations below)

Make

Variation 1: Less Pulp, Fewer Coconut Oils
Heat water until boiling
Add to blender with coconut and let sit for 30 minutes
Mix on high for two minutes
Place strainer over a bowl and place cheesecloth over the strainer
Pour coconut mixture over strainer and allow to drain for approximately ten minutes
Pull up sides of cheesecloth and squeeze the coconut to get out all of the milk
Refridgerate and drink or freeze within a few days

Variation 2: More Pulp, More Oils
Heat water until boiling
Add to blender with coconut and let sit for 30 minutes
Mix on high for two minutes
Place strainer over a bowl and pour coconut mixture into strainer
Press the coconut mixture against the strainer to release all of the milk
Refrigerate and drink or freeze within a few days

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