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    Coconut milk

    I've been reading about the value of Coconut milk. It is clear that the milk in cans is good but what about the half gallon milk that is sold everywhere now? Is this worth buying and drinking (unsweetened)?
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    No. It's watered down and nasty. I haven't personally drank the canned stuff, but I have drank the cartoned stuff. It's not good. I get Golden Star canned from Walmart, open the can from the bottom, drain off the water, and use the thick stuff for blending with fruit (it's thick like greek yogurt). Yummy.

    Of course, you could shake the can before you open it to reconstitute the cream and water, but I haven't had it that way, so I don't know what it's like.

    Avoid the brands that include guar gum or zantham gum and the like. It won't separate into cream and water with the emulsifier in it. Plus, it's an additive you don't necessarily want.
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    Yea I wouldn't buy the stuff in the half gallon carton either, usually has a bit more "ingredients". I like Native Forest because the cans are BPA free. I love coconut milk, I put it in my coffee and cook chicken in it. Yum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cavebabymama View Post
    Yea I wouldn't buy the stuff in the half gallon carton either, usually has a bit more "ingredients". I like Native Forest because the cans are BPA free. I love coconut milk, I put it in my coffee and cook chicken in it. Yum.
    This tends to be my favorite brand as well.

    I want to try to make it myself since its supposed to be easy to do.

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    I make my own, now.

    It's really easy. I found instructions online, but basically, get some unsweetened shredded coconut - our local food co-op has it in bulk for about $3 a pound. I can make a couple of gallons with that.

    Put two cups of coconut in a quart jar... fill jar with filtered/pure water. Let sit overnight (it will swell a bit. leave some room. put a lid on it. dump it into a blender jar if necessary). In the morning, blend in the blender until really smooth (I've gone as long as 24 hours before blending. and, I blend about 2 minutes). Pour into a nut milk straining bag that's in a large bowl or measuring cup or something like that (I get mine at paint stores... nylon paint strainer bags work GREAT!), hang bag up over bowl and let drip awhile. Then, wash your hands, and squeeze the bag to get all the lovely milk out.

    Pour into a quart jar, put a lid on it, and refrigerate it. Shake really well before using.

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    I don't trust the co-op. And a box of Aroy-d coconut milk is only 80 cents.
    Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.

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    anyone done research on the brand in Australia? Thanks, I have been using cans, ayam, now I wonder.

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    @ Danielfire......I've also been using Ayam brand as it's the only one I can find without the nasties! I made my own once but wasn't real keen on it.... I've just ordered a Ladyship blender/juicer so I'll try making it again when I receive it.

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    I make my own. It's just simpler for me and then I know exactly what I'm getting. I put 1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut (from Tropical Traditions) and 2 cups of boiling water into my high-speed blender and whip that for about a minute. Dump it all into a stainer lined with a muslim dish cloth over a bowl. Twist and squeeze it to get every last drop.

    The 1:2 cup ratio is just what I tend to like but you could mix it up to get the consistency or thickness that you like best. I usually mix this with the almond milk that I make in the same way. I use it in my coffee and to bake/cook with. Totally unsweetened, totally yummy!

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    Thanks, I'll check out some of the brands you mentioned. putting it in coffee sounds good.
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