There are many ingredients that can be use for making food, however coconut milk is one ingredients that become a base for country with long beach line such as India, Thai, and Indonesia. Commonly uses for base or can be used to make a delicious smoothy and dessert, packaged coconut milk can be very expensive. However, you can easily make your own coconut milk from shredded or fresh coconut. Therefore, today I will provide you a step by step guide on how to create your own coconut milk easily.
The first method is create coconut milk from shredded coconut. You can purchase shredded coconut from grocery store or shopping mall that provides supplies. I recommend you to get the unsweetened kind of shredded coconut, otherwise you can get shaved coconut. Then, you will need to calculate how much water you need to add into your shredded coconut, generally you will need two cups of water for every cup of coconut you have. Boil the water and add the water and shredded coconut into blender. Make sure to mix them as smooth as possible. Then, use a piece of cheesecloth or fine-mesh strainer to get pure coconut milk.
The second method is create coconut from a fresh coconut. This is the most common ways to prepare for coconut milk. You will need a fresh, young coconut to create fresh coconut milk. You will need to open the coconut, reserve the coconut water inside, then scoop out the meat from the inside of the coconut. You can use spoon to scoop the meat properly, then place the scraped meat into the blender. For the best result of coconut milk, I recommend you to put coconut water and scrapped coconut meat into the blender and mix them properly. You can strain the mixture to get pure coconut milk or you can leave them as part of the mixture.
However, if you need coconut oil, you can boil 4 cups of water and grate fully developed brown coconut instead of young coconut. Make sure to scoop out the meat and grate them into the bowl. After that, you can put the boiled water and grated coconut in a blender. Make sure to mix them properly into a smooth mixture. Then, you can strain the mixture using cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer over a bowl. Make sure to strain them properly to get pure coconut liquid. After that, boil and cook the coconut liquid in a saucepan until the cream are separated from the oil and turned brown. This could take over and hour, make sure to stir constantly. After that, you can place the oil in a bowl and cover them with plastic wrap. Leave at room temperature for 24 hours and place in the refrigerators to separate the cream from the oil.