Easy DIY Coconut Milk

Posted on 04 December 2015
Author:Emilia Obiekea

I love coconuts! They are wonderful for your hair, skin and nutrition.It is full of minerals and vitamins such as calcium, magnesium, B1, B3, B5, B6, C and E to make a few.
Coconut milk is a great substitute for traditional milk. It is great but if you don't use it often it can spoil before you are able to finish it. So why not make your own? I am all about the simplest method possible. Try it out.

 

Simple Coconut Milk Recipe

 

 
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Tools
blender
bowl
cheesecloth
bottle/ jar for storage

 

Ingredients
3 cups of dried coconut flakes or chips (unsweetened)
5 cups of distilled water
2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin (optional - for hair/skin care)
2 tablespoons of honey (optional - for consuming)

 

Steps
Put 2.5 cups of water into a blender with the coconut.
Blend on medium and let it rest for 30 mins. 
Heat 2.5 cups of water.
Add the water and glycerin/ honey to the blender with the hot water. Be sure it is not boiling hot water. 
Blend very well on high setting for several minutes.
Allow to cool to room temp, before straining.
Strain the milk from the pulp using the cheesecloth over a bowl. Be sure to squeeze the pulp well. 
That's it! 
Note: The pulp can be used in a quick body scrub recipe or composted. 

 

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Storage
Pour the milk into a container for storing in the refrigerator. It must be refrigerated when not in use.
It has a very short shelf life of approx. a week. 
Tip: Pour any left over milk into ice trays and store in freezer bags. When you are in need of using them just pop out a few to add to smoothies, deep conditioners, curry, etc...
Enjoy!

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