Wednesday, August 22, 2012

How to extract coconut milk and coconut cream

We can buy coconut milk in cans from the grocery stores. I use it occasionally in my indian cooking. Most of the time i use the fresh home made coconut milk. Many south Indian gravies have coconut milk as its base ingredient. 

thick coconut milk extract...
To make thick coconut milk:
1 cup - fresh, frozen or dry shredded coconut

1. If it's frozen, thaw it first. For dry shredded coconut soak it in 1/2 cup warm water for at least 10 mins before grinding.

2. Add 2 tbs of warm water to the coconut, grind it in a blender or mixer, squeeze the milk through a strainer or cheese cloth.

To make thin milk:  

Add 1/2 cup of warm water to the squeezed coconut pulp and grind it again and strain it. This milk will look diluted. 

To make coconut cream:
1. Keep the thick milk in the refrigerator. 
2. The liquid will get separated  
with a thick cream on top and thin liquid in the bottom.
3. Scoop out the cream and use the liquid as thin milk in a recipe or blend them together and use the thick milk in a recipe which calls for coconut milk.
coconut pulp....
coconut milk
thin coconut milk extract....

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