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    What do you do when you open a can of coconut milk & it's completely solid? Stirring never seems to get it back together.
    --Trish (Bork)
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    I keep mine at room temperature until I open it, and I give it a really good shake first too. After it's opened it goes in the fridge, and then sometimes it gets pretty gloppy. I try to warm it some before I need to use it, and that seems to help.

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    • #3
      I recently discovered all the coconut milk I bought opened up "solid". It's just your room ambient temperature. Warm it up a bit and stir it. I found a surprising well of watery stuff at the bottom that really needed to be incorporated into the rest of it. So..just poke it a bunch, put it in a bowl, nuke it for 1 minute.
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      • #4
        I use it at room temp when I want it all combined. I just shake shake shake the can for a good minute before opening and it's totally fine, no seperation. When i just want the cream I refridgerate it and scoop that awesomeness right off the top. *Drool*...
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        • #5
          That's a good point Earthmomma - what is room temp for everyone? I try to keep my house between 59 or 62. But I know a lot of people go for 67+.
          carl's cave

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          • #6
            I whisk it. Recombines incredibly easily with a whisk.
            Liz.

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            • #7
              Melt & whisk. Got it, thanks!
              --Trish (Bork)
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              • #8
                Soak the can in hot water for twenty to thirty minutes. I do it all the time. No whisking needed, just shake the can before opening.

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                • #9
                  I love it when it's solid! Then I just scoop a bit out and yummy down on it! lol

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jspradley View Post
                    I love it when it's solid! Then I just scoop a bit out and yummy down on it! lol
                    This. It's somehow ten times more delicious when it's all thick and creamy.

                    Microwaves and hot water? All I've ever had to do is shake the can nice and hard for like 10 seconds before I open it. Comes out completely normal every time. I store it in a capped mug in the refrigerator, where it tends to separate again (thick on top and watery on the bottom) but I just hold the lid down and shake it again and it all comes together perfectly.

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                    • #11
                      I stick a portable hand mixer into the can to mix it up. If you don't have this handy mixer, then just scoop it all into your blender.

                      Add a dash of nutmeg & a dash of cinnamon and a few pinches of shredded coconut. On special occasions, add a shot of Kahlua, mmmmm this is a HEAVENLY drink !

                      PS) Free shipping for Thai Kitchen coconut milk at Amazon.com, works out to $1.70 a can - limit 3 cases, FAR less expensive than at the store. Also free shipping on Nutivia coconut oil.

                      Grizz

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                      • #12
                        It seems to vary from brand to brand here...I buy a few different brands and only one seems to separate into liquid and solid, Thai Kitchen. The only way shaking would re-mix it all together would maybe be if I used a paint shaker! NO WAY is any person shaking that can enough to mix it up. The 365 WF brand doesn't separate....maybe if I put it in the fridge, but never just sitting in the pantry. I slightly prefer the taste of the Thai Kitchen so I buy that for making a curry....since I use a whole can and it all gets heated and mixed anyway it doesn't matter if it comes out separated. The 365 brand I use for smoothies or any recipe where I need a partial can.
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                        • #13
                          It's actually an indication of how cold I keep my apartment. (and I'm comfortable, which is another thread) I keep a can in the oven where the pilot keeps it warm enough for it to be fully liquid. I would guess low 70's F.
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                          • #14
                            I think if it doesn't seperate it's because there's some sort of emulsifyer in it. Some of them are pretty nasty too. One brand we can get over here had 640 I think? I looked it up and found that it was some sort of cellulose that had been recommended not to be used in food products!
                            I stick with Ayam brand now which is 100% coconut cream. These brands may be a local thing though and not relevant to you guys.

                            Edit: I don't have the hardening issue here either, I guess that doesn't happen when your ambient temperature is about 30 degrees C
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                            • #15
                              I've had that happen on occasion. Sometimes too think to pour from the can, so I have to open the whole lid. If you haven't tried coconut cream yet, I highly recommend it. I have the Savoy brand. It pours just fine, but if you pour in into another container and refrigerate it, it thickens up. I mixed in a little Primal Fuel for extra protein, add some berries, and cinnamon. It makes an amazing mousse. It would be wonderful with chocolate!

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