Coconut Milk that is…
I realized that I have taken a lot of information for granted. Growing up in a Haitian household as the only girl meant cooking was not optional. Not only that we made a lot of things from scratch like coconut milk. I thought it was common knowledge until I was cohosting an event and was making coconut from scratch (no blender just a grater made from coconut shell, water, and a strainer) and people watched in amazement. I remember thinking we shouldn’t be so disconnected from how food is grown or prepared.
So how do you make coconut milk the same way you do a nut milk (a coconut is a big fat nut)
Distilled water and coconut.
Young coconut meat Recipe:
I like my milk thick. So I usually do a 2 part water to 1 part meat ratio. Through it in a blender. Blend for 20-30 seconds viola you are done. I dont add sweeteners because I use the milk for savory and sweet dishes.
Old coconut (brown shell)
Break the shell open and cut the coconut into pieces. Add to blender with water (1:3 ratio) blend . Strain milk in nut milk bag or cheesecloth.
Old school in the country method:
Break the shell open and cut the coconut into pieces. Grate coconut meat. Place in bowl with warm water. Strain with cheesecloth or strainer. Repeat until the water is watery.
Note: you can use the pulp to make a lot of things like coconut flour. Dehydrate the pulp place in high speed blender or food processor. Process until it becomes fine flour. Now you are ready #glutenfreebaking.