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Coconut Milk

Makes 8 cups of coconut milk

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • - 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut I like Tropical Traditions the best
  • - 4 cups boiling water
  • - 4 cups water
  • - 2 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • - 2 tbsp organic raw honey optional
  • Materials:
  • - Mixing bowl with lid enough to hold about 6-8 cups
  • - Timer
  • - Blender
  • - Cheesecloth
  • - Colander
  • - Mason jars or any kind of glass jars with lid enough to hold 8 cups of liquid

Instructions

  • How to:
  • Measure out 2 cups of the shredded coconut and put them in the mixing bowl.
  • Add 4 cups of boiling water to the mixing bowl and place lid on top.
  • Set timer to 30-60 minutes (whatever works for you). I usually do 60 minutes.
  • When the timer goes off, transfer the shredded coconut and water to the blender and add the other 4 cups of water (room temperature).
  • Add 2 tsp of organic vanilla extract and honey (optional if you want it sweeter)
  • Set the blender on low for a minute, on medium for a minute and high for a minute.
  • Turn blender off and let the mixture rest for a minute and repeat process of blending (low, medium, high).
  • Use your mixing bowl (the one you used for the coconut to soak), set the colander and cheesecloth on top.
  • Transfer the coconut milk to the bowl. Squeeze the cheesecloth (see picture beloto get as much milk out of the shredded coconut as possible.
  • 1Do not throw away the shredded coconut! Put it all in a zip baggie and freeze. I use it in cookie recipes, in my cereal, in my oatmeal, yogurt, you get the point. :)
  • 1Now you have your coconut milk! Transfer to mason jars and seal tight. I find that the half pint jars work best. They last longer if they aren' opened and closed constantly, so having two serving's worth in a jar is optimal. Milk should last 4-5 days (it might last a day or two longer with the honey because of its bacteria killing properties).
  • 1If you think it is too watery or mild-tasting for you, you can always skip the 4 cups of room temperature water. This will make the milk a bit thicker and richer in flavor.