Friday, February 11, 2011

When Coconut Heads get Fresh...

What do you do...?
Knock some sense into them!
or...
make some fresh coconut milk
Okay, this is another tutorial and it ain't for the faint of heart.
Here is my take on how to make one of the best and healthiest milks.
This particular coconut had a face...do you see it?
First, look for the "soft" hole at the top...
that is the part where the seed grows through...
just take something sharp like a clean, clean screwdriver...
or nail...and punch it into the hole
Let the "water" stream into a cup using a strainer and set aside...
do not discard the coconut water.
Holding the coconut in a towel in your hand...
take a hammer and tap firmly from top to bottom a few times...
Then, with some bravery on your part...
take that hammer and crack that coconut with some muster...
I find it cracks open easiest if you come down on the top where the holes are.
Do be careful...!
it is the coconut you want to hit, not your hand   
After the coconut is opened...
take anything you are comfortable with (I use a knife)...
and carefully slide it between the skin of the coconut and the outer shell...wiggle it until the meat pops off (this can take a little practice).
Rinse the coconut in water and drain.
You do not need to peel the brown skin off...
it's a saved step in time

in fact, if you make your own coconut flour ...
the brown skin will add fiber
Cut up the meat into small pieces about as big as your thumb...
and put the pieces in your blender along with the coconut water and add 1 and 1/2 cups of water.
Pulse the coconut and waters together for about 20 to 30 pulses. This will break down the meat so as not to overwork the blender.
Then, blend on high for about 2 minutes...
turn off, let set for a few minutes...
turn blender on again for another 2 minutes.
This should do the trick.
Take a pitcher, put a strainer on top...
take a clean towel and put it over the strainer...
and pour enough of the blended coconut into the towel to fill the strainer.
Squeeze the towel as you see above and let the milk strain through until it no longer streams...
the coconut meat should look and feel dry.
Continue doing this until you've used all the coconut meat.
You can discard the meat or you can use it as flour...
though it won't have the coconut taste any longer.
You will see the thicker milk rise above the water as in the photo on the left below. 
Do not worry about this. It is normal.
Just stir before using.
There you have it...
delicious, fresh from the coconut!!
I pour mine into a bottle and keep it in the fridge for using in everything from rice, oatmeal (GF for me), baking, coffee, hot cocoa, to drinking by itself...
and so much more.
Just use your imagination.
Please do...have a glass on me.
May you have a good day, or night.

11 comments :

  1. Wow that is amazing!! I am just in awe! How cool that coconut can produce such beautiful milk like that. I am not a cow milk drinker but love alternative milks. That milk looks beautiful ~I am going to have to try that sometime but I am not sure I can get really fresh coconuts here I will have to look into that. ~Enjoy that milk it looks delicious~Love Heather

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  2. Have cracked many a coconut here in the midwest and enjoyed munching on it in the raw state, but have never seen so much liquid. I wonder, does a coconut somehow dehydrate between the tree and the market?

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  3. Oh that looks so good, and is probably so refreshing, I'm guessing? I can remember as a child, sometimes we would buy a coconut, and my brother would carefully extract the liquid, like you did in the first step, and he'd share it with the rest of us. That was a special treat.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Looks good and I am sure it tastes wonderful.

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  5. Soozeedoozee, the fresher the coconut, the more water it has. I believe that over time as the coconut ages, the liquid becomes "soaked" up into the meat and eventually the coconut dries up.

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  6. Now that is something I have never done before.
    It looks like fun.

    Thanks for your visiting today and leaving a comment!
    Have a great day!

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  7. That's quite a process. The outcome looks like its worth the effort :-)

    Take care and have a great week :-)

    ~Ron
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  8. Hello.

    I love coconut juice. I love coconut milk in my curries too. And we still, occasionally get them from our own trees.

    You have a nice interesting blog. I do wonder where you are.

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  9. How incredible... you make it look so simple and easy. I'm sure that it will take me much longer to try this.

    Thank you, so much!

    God bless you,
    Joey

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  10. What a great post!! We have just recently started drinking coconut milk but had not thought about making our own. I really look forward to trying this! Just found your blog and so glad that I did!!

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