Homemade Coconut Milk with Desiccated Coconut

September 21, 2015
homemade coconut milk

I recently shared this homemade coconut milk recipe on Instagram and thought it would be good to share here as well. If you don’t know, in June 2014 I deleted my Instagram account (read here). This was mostly due to privacy concerns. A few months ago I decided to reactivate my account and fortunately my old username was still available. Long story short, I decided that as long as I don’t share anything that is too personal, it’s okay and for the most part I’ve been sharing my fitness and weight loss attempts. You can find me on IG as @osoinspired.

One of the things that I’ve shared on Instagram and would like to share here is my coconut milk recipe. Milky drinks make me gassy (TMI I know) and I use coconut milk as a dairy replacement.

Coconut milk has become increasingly popular as a dairy alternative in South Africa over the past year, however buying a liter in a store is four times as costly as dairy milk, and that’s only the cheapest that I’ve seen.

Making homemade coconut milk with desiccated coconut is so quick and easy, and depending on how thick you like your milk, one liter can cost less than a liter of cow’s milk. A packet of desiccated coconut costs between R10 and R16, and I when I make my own coconut milk, I get at least one to two liters from one packet. I’ve been making my own for the past few months and here’s how you can too:

My preferred ratio of coconut to water is 1:2. If you prefer a thick milk, you can try a ratio of 1:1.
2 cups (500ml) Desiccated coconut
4 cups (1 liter) lukewarm water

Soak the coconut in the water for 15 minutes or until it cools completely. Pop into a blender and blitz on high for 2 minutes. Alternatively, you can use a hand blender, which is what I use as I find it more convenient. Once you’ve finished blending it, strain through a sieve into a large bowl. Transfer the wet pulp into a clean tea cloth and squeeze all of the excess milk into the bowl.

I find that storing it in a glass milk bottle makes it last longer, but it can be kept in a plastic jug if you intend on using it within 3 days. By keeping the milk in the fridge it can last up to 5 days. beyond this I cannot vouch for as I normally use mine finish between four and five days.

Tip: Use a large bowl to squeeze the milk into then transfer the milk into a bottle or jug. It will be easier to collect the milk. Et voila! Enjoy your homemade coconut milk in a beverage or dish.

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