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  • Importance of Organic -- Coconut Milk Specifically?

    Any idea how important it is for coconut milk to be organic? I always buy the organic oil because I don't want to buy oil that has been chemically extracted in any way.

    Is the same true for Coconut Milk? The brand I like has been out of stock on Amazon... non-organic is available (for considerably less $) but I don't want to ingest an unhealthy substitute.

    Thanks!

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    Not everything I buy is organic. Mark thinks organic is better if you can do it, but I don't, for the most part, and I am still feeling great about a month in to this WOE.
    Karin

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    • #3
      Coconut is very low on the list of items to ideally buy organic, due to its very hard, thick, and inedible outer shell.
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      • #4
        I only buy organics when they're on an amazing deal at the grocery store on pay day when I have the most amount of $$ available! LOL

        this week's organic buy: apples, 99c/lb

        last paycheck's organic splurge: champagne mangoes (70-80c/lb, I forget)
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        • #5
          Originally posted by supersellen View Post
          Coconut is very low on the list of items to ideally buy organic, due to its very hard, thick, and inedible outer shell.
          +1
          Jaime, wife to Phaedrus and primal mama to A (4) and X (1).

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          • #6
            Here's how I do it and it is cheap; Buy organic shredded coconut and make your own milk. A cup of the dry stuff makes at least a liter.

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            • #7
              Cheap and easy!

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              • #8
                I bought a couple of kinds of coconut milk today to give them a try, neither organic, both totally different. Both labelled "coconut milk" and not much else. One is liquid, and tastes like coconut. The other is a solid, and doesn't. Neither resemble coconut fat, which I do buy organic but only because thats the only kind the local store carries.

                I have no idea what to make of the completely solid coconut milk, that isn't like coconut fat but isn't what I expected.
                Fighting fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain since 2002.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jem51 View Post
                  Here's how I do it and it is cheap; Buy organic shredded coconut and make your own milk. A cup of the dry stuff makes at least a liter.
                  +1 (I have yet to try it though!)

                  jem, I guess I'll have to give you credit for the thread I created (hereby done)
                  Last edited by Bissen; 04-21-2011, 03:41 AM. Reason: Giving credits

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ElaineC View Post
                    I bought a couple of kinds of coconut milk today to give them a try, neither organic, both totally different. Both labelled "coconut milk" and not much else. One is liquid, and tastes like coconut. The other is a solid, and doesn't. Neither resemble coconut fat, which I do buy organic but only because thats the only kind the local store carries.

                    I have no idea what to make of the completely solid coconut milk, that isn't like coconut fat but isn't what I expected.
                    Did you shake it really well and then stir it? Thicker coconut milks separate and the fat rises to the top of the can.
                    For lots of tasty recipes, check out my blog -http://lifeasadreger.wordpress.com/

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                    • #11
                      Bissen, don't ya love it!!
                      Your welcome.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jem51 View Post
                        Bissen, don't ya love it!!
                        Your welcome.
                        I'm buying shredded coconut tomorrow, cos I'm running out! I plan on trying it out then

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ElaineC View Post
                          One is liquid, and tastes like coconut. The other is a solid, and doesn't.
                          The solid can you got is a much higher quality. The more fat the container contains, the better product you're getting. Yes, the liquid resembles "milk" more, but the good stuff should have a substantial portion of solid with it. You mix it together after opening the can.

                          To tell what you're buying, shake the can. The less sloshing you hear, the better quality it is.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Lira View Post
                            The solid can you got is a much higher quality. The more fat the container contains, the better product you're getting. Yes, the liquid resembles "milk" more, but the good stuff should have a substantial portion of solid with it. You mix it together after opening the can.

                            To tell what you're buying, shake the can. The less sloshing you hear, the better quality it is.
                            Good to know! I dug deeper into the can, and there's semi-gelatinous liquid underneath that looks very gloppy and unappealing, so I'm guessing that I do need to mix it once the can is open. The layer of fat was almost 1/3 of the can, very white and a very smooth texture.

                            So, how do I mix them? With a spoon, a stick blender... a potato masher... ? Shaking the can won't work, no sloshing at all when shaken!
                            Fighting fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain since 2002.

                            Big Fat Fiasco

                            Our bodies crave real food. We remain hungry as long as we refuse to eat real food, no matter how much junk we stuff into our stomachs. ~J. Stanton

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                            • #15
                              Hmm...I don't know, I usually just throw everything into the pan I'm cooking in and mix it manually. The heat melts the solid parts and everything becomes liquid. I don't get too fancy, hahaahah!

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