Today, I would like to offer you a recipe for a kitchen staple, Homemade Coconut Milk! If you are like me and don’t consume dairy or you just want to find ways to cut back on your dairy intake, coconut milk is a wonderful option! I use coconut milk pretty much everyday and decided to try my hand at making this tastiness myself!
I have to admit though making my own coconut milk seemed daunting to me at first! I don’t know why I felt this way other than it felt like I was adding one more task to my already overflowing list of kitchen duties! Once I tried it though I laughed at myself for ever thinking it would be difficult! Sometimes adding a new process is a bigger deal in your head than it is in real life, at least, that’s what I often find!
This recipe is simple, delicious, free of gums or additives and can save on your grocery budget!
I have tried using a tea towel or cheesecloth to strain the milk thru and it’s well worth investing $9.00 or so into a nut milk bag! Let’s just say I have experience in bursting bulging tea towels and being up to my elbows in coconut milk pulp! Not a fan folks, not a fan at all! Using my trusty nut milk bag makes the creamiest coconut milk too! You even get the cream that hardens at the top once the milk has been in the fridge for several hours!
Check out my recipe for Nutty Rich Cookies to utilize the coconut pulp that is left once all the milk has been squeezed out! No need to waste the pulp…and the cookies are super delicious!
- 2 cups shredded coconut flakes
- 4 cups of very hot water
- Place the shredded coconut flakes in a Vitamix or other high powered blender and pour the hot water over top. You will want to put the lid on and let the shredded coconut flakes sit in the hot water to absorb some of the moisture for a little while. I let mine sit about 30 minutes. You can also give the blender a little whirl once in a while as you walk by! After letting the coconut flakes have their soak it's time to blend, blend, blend! I blend mine in my Vitamix at the highest setting for about three minutes.
- Now pour your newly made mixture into a nut milk bag over top of large bowl and squeeze, squeeze, squeeze! Make sure you get as much of the coconut milk squeezed out as possible! Pour your milk into a mason jar or other container and place in the refrigerator. Voila! You now have some wonderful coconut milk!