Learning how to make and use coconut milk

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“Hi dad / mom / teacher, how do you do that?

If you are parent and / or teacher, children will ask you many things. And there are so many things that seems to be familiar but we actually don’t know.

For me, making coconut milk was one of them, although I was familiar with it and used so many times (do you also like Thai curry, Indian curry or other food with coconut milk?). Besides, if you make it by yourself, it will cost you much less than the one in the store, and there are many different ways to use it.

In this entry, therefore, I would lie to share how to make and utilize coconut milk from coconut (fruit). 

How to make coconut milk

To explain, I will show more pictures than texts, as 1 image says more than 1,000 words.

What you need

  1. Coconut
  2. Screwdriver
  3. Hammer
  4. Knife
  5. Drinking water
  6. Food processor (or grater)
  7. Strainer (or washing net)

Take out juice from the three points with screwdriver

You have to make three holes on the 3 points (I found interesting that it has those).

Break into half with hammer

The outside part is quite hard, so you need to break into half by hitting around the circle with hammer

Take coconut flesh with knife

This part is also hard, and take the flesh out is a bit difficult so be careful (I cut my finger).

Add drinking water and crush with food processor

Although it is named “milk” all you need is drinking water in the processor. You can repeat this process 2-3 times to get as much coconut milk as possible.

Take coconut milk with strainer

For this, I used a washing net and squeezed (just like taking milk from cow).

Repeat the same process several times

As mentioned above, use the flesh again and take as much milk as possible and you can get approximately 1 Lt of the milk.

How to use coconut milk

Cook to make mild taste

I think the most popular pate with coconut milk will be Thai green curry, which is also one of my favorite dishes. In addition to that, it can be used for other foods like Indian curry, spicy soup, tomato sauce, etc.

In other words, coconut milk can be used to make milder taste. For example, green curry paste by itself is too spicy to eat, but with coconut milk, it balances the taste and make something wonderful.

Dessert with coconut

Not only can we use coconut milk from coconut, we can also use its flesh for dessert (coconut cake, cookie, pudding, Chinese dessert, etc.) Just like cooking, it can give milder taste to the dessert you wish to cook.

Coconut flower / powder

To avoid throwing the flesh used for coconut milk, you can make coconut flower / powder, by drying the flesh with oven and crushing with processor (and you can freeze it!)

Lastly, but not least, the cover drawing summarizes everything mentioned above (and each step shows the part of COCO). If you would like to know more detail about any content, do not hesitate to ask. Thanks to some research (information shared by other people) and actual practice, I could learn several things, and it feels good to learn something new, right?

The learning of this time 

The experience of coconut milk making taught me that from only one coconut, you can make many different things, and it feels great to learn something new.  

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2 thoughts on “Learning how to make and use coconut milk

  1. Laura Michel

    This is the perfect article for anyone who wants to make their own coconut milk from start to finish. For an easier method, you can also use frozen or dried shredded coconut to get the same result.


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