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    Hey folks. Just a quick question about coconut milk. It's great stuff. I go through 2-3 cans of it each week. However, I dislike the fact that it's canned.


    I've tried coconut milk in this form:

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...conut_milk.jpg

    However, turning it into a liquid just isn't the same. It ends up quite grainy, and isn't nice to pour over fruit.


    Does anyone have suggestions for alternatives to canned coconut milk, or know how to make the stuff in the link above smooth and not grainy?


    Thanks and happy holidays!

    Nick


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    Do you have access to actual coconuts. Take out the flesh, grate it in a grater. Soak it in small amount of warm water for some time. Then take a cloth and extract the milk.


    This is the standard process. Coconuts should be easily available if you have south indian communities in your region.

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      I've been using the "So Delicious" brand of coconut milk. It comes in regular milk cartons.


      http://www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com/..._beverage.html

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        I like the O.N.E coconut water in tetra paks but unfortunately it's fat free.

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          Scroll down the page to number 8:

          http://www.tropicaltraditions.com//faq.htm


          I am going to try this. I too am in the same boat. I love coconut milk, but hate the can. After Mark's post yesterday on BPA in cans, I am seriously looking for alternatives.

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            What about hydrating coconut cream? I might try that, since I have the cream already. http://www.tropicaltraditions.com//c...oncentrate.htm

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              Coconut "cream" is finely ground coconut "meat." So, the ingredients, if you will, for "milk" are there.


              I read Mark's post about cans and contaminants, and all I can say is, "I'm overwhelmed." TMI. Yet another staple product is bad for us? Maybe? Or not, more research required? Even more constriction of what is acceptable for a healthy life? And at my age and non-reproductivity I should worry about this Great Maybe?


              Bring on the canned coconut milk.

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                Regarding the coconut milk linked above (http://www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com/..._beverage.html):


                How come the 1cup calorie amount is ~50?


                I thought the "typical" calorie amount of coconut milk was more around ~500 per cup?


                Is it just watered down?

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                  Ah, yes, now I recall that product. I wrote it up here and about the coconut kefir. That latter is loaded with sugar (ORGANIC!)


                  You answered your own question. Notice the word "beverage."


                  You can make your own by putting 6-8 oz of real coconut milk in a quart of water. It's great. Add a few oz of yogurt and it's kefir!

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                    Hm - Well...I'm not entirely keen on paying more for less. But, at least the BPA exposure would be less via the carton form...right?


                    Maybe I'll just search the island (Hawaii) and find some coconuts and make my own...pretty sure Grok would be all about that .

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