I have been obsessed with Coconut Milk since I found that the unsweetened kind had barely any sugar. It’s nearly 0%. I have been trying to reduce my sugar intake; milk being really high in sugar, was the first thing I considered removing from my diet.
If I had realized how easy it was to make this stuff, I would have been making this for a long time. I found a recipe to try out on Wellness Mama here. I figured I’d give these instructions a try, and if needed, I would alter or add more coconut, based on my taste preference.
I had sweetened coconut shreds in my fridge I wanted to use, so this isn’t the true unsweetened variety that I want, but I wanted to use it and there is no better way than to use it for something I need anyway: coconut milk. So I measured what I had available, which was about 3 cups.
Based on the ratio on Wellness Mama’s site, this didn’t match so I had to do some math. Brings me back to the good ole days of junior high school or elementary school. When did we learn ratios, I don’t even remember.
So my recipe called or about 6.85 cups of water to 3 cups of coconut shreds. Wellness Mama used approximately 1.75 cups of coconut shreds to 4 cups of water. Adjust as you see fit.
Heat the water to hot, but not boiling. I went a bit too far with the temperature so I let it sit for a while. Once it was at a good temperature, I added the coconut and used an immersion hand blender and blended it for a couple of minutes.
Then you send it through a colander to collect the coconut and release the coconut milk. Originally I had planned to use a colander and a coffee filter but this deemed TOO slow so my husband told me to use the metal strainer (which he uses for cheese). Worked like a charm. I owe him credit: thanks Ben!
I popped the coconut milk into the fridge to cool for a while before I put them in my reusable bottles. Love these things. I found a box of them in our garage and thought they were perfect! I think they were purchased years ago to make homemade booze and gift them, but that never happened. I will put them to use in a different way.
Now, I need to find a use for these left over coconut shreds. No reason to put them in the compost bin when they can be used in a healthy recipe. More to come on that.
Remember to shake your coconut milk before you use. This should last me a week or so. I will update with how it holds up.