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  • Coconut Extract? In MY Coconut Milk?

    Looky looky, Mr. Big-Shot-Know-It-All has a question.

    A question about coconut milk.

    I saw Aroy-D brand coconut milk on sale for $0.78 per can, down from $1.48 or so. Score. The ingredients are: coconut extract 60%; water. Previously I was using a bulk can from a different brand, whose ingredients were coconut extract (no percentage), water, and some preservative.

    Now I know what coconut extract is in regards to cooking. What is it in terms of coconut milk? Both taste and feel pretty similar if not the same as Thai "Highway Robbery" Kitchen. Is it the same stuff?
    You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

  • #2
    Coconut extract is an artificial flavour. I'd pay a little more for a better brand.

    I pay 3.49 for my coconut milk. But that is a premium version. It's just organic coconut milk and organic guar gum. No additional water added or flavour.

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    • #3
      If it's just flavouring and water, then why is it thick and creamy like coconut milk?
      You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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      • #4
        Mine is thick because it has guar gum. There must be a thickener in your brand as well otherwise it would normally be watery.

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        • #5
          From what I can tell, I think it's normal straight CM.

          Technically, CM is coconut extract.

          I suspect it's a label translation thing.

          It looks like this, right?
          http://www.importfood.com/cfch1301.html (Can't post pics for some stupid reason. sorry)
          Chief cook & bottle washer for one kid, a dog, 6 hens, 2 surprise! roosters, two horses, and a random 'herd' of quail.

          ~The ultimate ignorance is the rejection of something one knows nothing about and refuses to investigate~

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          • #6
            Is it this one?:

            http://www.efooddepot.com/products/a...z.html#product

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            • #7
              I thought you were referring to the coconut extract in the little bottles like you find vanilla etc. That was why I said it was artificial.

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              • #8
                If you look at Chaokoh, it says coconut extract too. Aroy-D is apparently not alone.
                --Trish (Bork)
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                • #9
                  Yeah, that's the stuff. Chaokoh is the other brand I used. Looks like it's all good, then. Although the "60%" stuff might be "lite," I guess.
                  You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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                  • #10
                    So why is Thai Kitchen highway robbery? Is it a price thing? It's only $1.48 here.
                    --Trish (Bork)
                    TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
                    http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
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                    • #11
                      Dr. Bork Bork, Thai Kitchen is usually around $2.50-$3 here in the "sunny south" of Canada and up where Grumpy is, it's worse. I only ever buy Thai Kitchen if it's on sale.

                      I suspect the reason it's labeled "coconut extract" is because coconut milk is sort of "extracted" from coconuts, traditionally by pounding the crap out of the meat in a watery solution and then filtering it, industrially by grating the coconut, soaking it in warm water then straining. The grated pulp can be soaked a couple of times for a less awesome product; this may be what Arroy-D is (although I seem to recall that I've been happy with it when I've bought it).

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
                        Yeah, that's the stuff. Chaokoh is the other brand I used. Looks like it's all good, then. Although the "60%" stuff might be "lite," I guess.
                        Coconut milk is usually about 55 percent coconut extract and coconut cream is 70 percent. You certainly don't have lite.

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                        • #13
                          Yaaaay
                          You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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