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Fresh Raw Coconut Milk

It all started with a  craving for raw Pad Thai. I haven’t made it yet, and have been wanting to for quite a while. Knowing that coconut milk is an important ingredient that I want in my Pad Thai sauce, I set out to make fresh, raw coconut milk for my raw Pad Thai raw food recipe.



I use young Thai coconuts all the time. I open them with ease (see here) and am very familiar with how to use them. Traditional coconut milk is made from mature coconuts. Something I am not familiar with at all. I bought a couple and brought them home and stared at them for days. The hairy little buggers intimidated me. In fact, they down right scared me.



I have memories, as a very little girl, of my mother trying to open a coconut. I believe there were hammers, chisels, and maybe even a car involved. Much huffing and puffing, and extreme frustration. There may have even been a few off color words from my very prim and proper mother. A frightening scenario for a little girl. Honestly, I also think there was quite a lot of laughing as each attempt failed and each following attempt got more extreme. I seem to remember the final attempt involving her 64 pontiac.

Well, here is the thing. Opening those hairy little guys is actually a piece of cake. A little research on line and I was able to pop right through the shell and dive into one of the most heavenly substances I have encountered for a while. Traditionally coconut milk is made from mature coconuts and I quickly found out why. The flesh is pure coconut heaven. Very different from the young coconuts.



To open the coconut, simply tap (ok…whack) the coconut around the midline with the back of a cleaver.



After a couple of good whacks, you will hear a crack. Keep turning and tapping and within seconds, the coconut will have split! You will want to do this over a bowl as there is water inside. Discard the water.



You can then either pry out the flesh with a table knife or my favorite, turn it over, give the outside shell a good whack with a hammer and the flesh will just pop right out (this does require breaking the shell).



Once you pop the flesh out, peel off the brown skin with a vegetable peeler. Chop up the coconut and put it in the high-speed blender. Add water, blend and then strain through a nut-milk bag or a few layers of cheese cloth.



The extra pulp can be dehydrated at 115 degrees until dry. Give it a quick spin in the blender after it is dry and you have lovely, fragrant raw coconut flour!



Raw Coconut Flour

Tips for your Coconut Milk

You can keep blending the coconut milk with more coconut flesh until you get coconut cream. Note: If your coconut milk sits in the refrigerator the fat will collect on the top. You can give it a quick spin in the blender to reincorporate it.

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  1. Michelle wrote on December 22, 2016

    I like to get the meat and pree it and use it in the bath. t goes rancid after a few days. Is there any way to keep it fresher longer? Ive tried citric acid and it seemed to speed up the spoil. Thanks!!

  2. Gaby wrote on October 23, 2016

    Great article! But why dump the coconut water? You can drink it on hot days either alone or sweetened…delicious!?

    • Gina tyler wrote on December 28, 2016

      Agreed don’t throw away the coconut water it’s super boosted with electrolytes ❤

  3. Kim Davis wrote on June 24, 2016

    The water is extremely nutritious! Never discard the water!

  4. Rhonda wrote on April 11, 2016

    Hint:One of the three ‘dots’ on top of the coconut is soft and can be opened,or “drilled” into easily with the narrow end of a paring knife,etc. Then just drain coconut water into a large glass. Only takes minutes!& you save every drop of it with no mess& no debris in the precious coconut water!!!


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