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How To Make Coconut Milk

DIY Homemade Coconut Milk

Ready to taste the best coconut milk?! It can be difficult to find coconut milk that is free of additives, stabilizers, and gums. (I’m looking at you carrageenan!) Learning how to make coconut milk at home is easy as can be and only uses two ingredients, a few simple kitchen tools, and about 15-20 minutes later you’ll have creamy, rich coconut milk.

DIY coconut milk

STEP 1: HAVE YOUR INGREDIENTS AND SUPPLIES READY.

What you need:

  • 1 cup dried unsweetened coconut (preferably unsulphured, can use shredded or flaked)
  • 3 cups boiling filtered water
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • High speed blender
  • Cheesecloth, tea towel, or nut milk bag
  • Strainer

STEP 2: PLACE COCONUT INTO PAN OF BOILING WATER.

soaking coconut in hot water

STEP 3: LET SOAK FOR AT LEAST 10 MINUTES.

The shredded coconut will have absorbed some of the hot water during soaking.

how to make coconut milk

 

STEP 4: BLEND UNTIL SMOOTH, ABOUT 2 MINUTES.

make coconut milk from scratch

STEP 5: GET A STRAINER

Place a strainer over a bowl and line with cheesecloth, tea towel or pour into a nut milk bag.

do it yourself coconut milk

STEP 6: WAIT

Let the coconut milk drip down into the bowl.

STEP 7:  SQUEEZE!

Gather the cloth at the top, twist and gently squeeze as much coconut milk from the solids as possible. The remaining coconut pulp should be fairly dry. (The pulp can be added to baked goods and smoothies for extra fiber.)

DIY coconut milk

STEP 8: STORE IT

Transfer to an airtight jar or bottle and refrigerate until ready to use. The coconut milk will keep 3-4 days, maybe a little longer. Shake before using. The milk will separate into layers. The top most layer is the coconut cream. It can be spooned off for recipes calling for full-fat coconut milk.

Note: less water can be used for a thicker, creamier coconut milk.

Now that you’ve learned how to make coconut milk, try your hand at homemade almond milk !

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DIY coconut milk

Coconut Milk

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Drinks

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried unsweetened coconut (preferably unsulphured (can use shredded or flaked))
  • 3 cups boiling filtered water
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Place coconut in a pan of boiling water, and allow coconut to soak for a minimum of 10 minutes. 
  2. Add to blender and blend until smooth
  3. Place a strainer over a bowl and line with cheesecloth, tea towel or pour into a nut milk bag, and allow the coconut milk to drop down into the bowl.
  4. Gather the cloth at the top, twist and gently squeeze as much coconut milk from the solids as possible. The remaining coconut pulp should be fairly dry. (The pulp can be added to baked goods and smoothies for extra fiber.)
  5. Transfer to an airtight jar or bottle and refrigerate until ready to use. The coconut milk will keep 3-4 days, maybe a little longer. Shake before using. The milk will separate into layers. The top most layer is the coconut cream. It can be spooned off for recipes calling for full-fat coconut milk.


Notes

Note: less water can be used for a thicker, creamier coconut milk.

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  1. Ellie

    September 2nd, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    You can also freeze the remaining coconut and put it in smoothies!

  2. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    September 3rd, 2014 at 5:10 am

    šŸ™‚ Great idea Ellie! šŸ™‚

  3. Ingrid

    September 2nd, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Does this need to be strained? I think the coconut in my smoothies would be yummy!

  4. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    September 3rd, 2014 at 5:09 am

    Hey Ingrid.

    Straining is STEP 5: Place a strainer over a bowl and line with cheesecloth, tea towel or pour into a nut milk bag. OR if you want a more pulpy coconut milk, feel free to leave it in. šŸ™‚

    Hope that helps.

  5. Trev

    September 6th, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    I believe Ingrid was asking if step 5 was required or if she should skip it to keep the bits of coconut in. And the answer is yes! You can absolutely skip step 5 and leave the bits of coconut in there for your smoothies.

  6. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    September 8th, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Thanks Trev. šŸ™‚

  7. Ani Lu

    September 6th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Sound good, however can I use fresh coconut meat instead?

  8. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    September 8th, 2014 at 6:25 am

    You can, just make sure your blender can handle it. šŸ™‚

  9. Shannon

    September 15th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I love this! Thank you!

  10. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    September 15th, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    šŸ™‚ Wonderful! I just made another batch of DIY coconut milk 15 minutes ago. My whole family loves it! Glad to hear you are enjoying it as well. šŸ™‚

  11. Jeanne

    September 16th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Which coconut do you use? Young or old ones?

  12. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    September 17th, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Hey Jeanne.

    I buy the unsweetened coconut flakes from the store. šŸ™‚ (I buy the brand Edward & Sons, Organic Coconut Flakes, Unsweetened.) Hope that helps.

  13. Miguelito

    September 24th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    So what is coconut water? Can it be made by diluting down the coconut milk from this recipe?

  14. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    September 24th, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Hey Miguelito.

    Coconut water is the clear liquid inside young green coconuts. I think they taste completely different, in a good way. šŸ™‚ I love coconuts.

  15. Koni

    September 25th, 2014 at 9:22 am

    I’m using Nutribullet n I think I need to cool it down before blending! Will give it a try! Thx so much.

  16. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    September 26th, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Hey Koni.

    Yes, please let it cool, and leave a little vent to let any hot air escape. šŸ™‚

  17. Sabrina Carlton

    September 28th, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I paid $5 to get the 30 day day challenge shopping lists and recipes and I’ve checked my email, spam and trash folders and still haven’t received them. how long does it usually take after paying to get the email does it usually take to get the information?

  18. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    October 15th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Hey Sabrina.

    So sorry for the delay on getting back to you. I have resent your purchased October Recipe Cards. Enjoy. Let us know if we can help with anything else. šŸ™‚

  19. Rosa

    October 26th, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    I just love coconut milk. I will try making fresh coconut milk. I think I will skip step five,because I would love the pulp. Thanks for sharing your recipies.

  20. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    October 26th, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Hey Rosa!

    Thanks for joining us! Hope you enjoy our DIY Coconut Milk Recipe and keep us posted on how it goes. šŸ™‚

  21. Monci

    October 28th, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Hi! Can I possibly use freshly grated coconut and follow the same process? if yes, what is the ratio of the fresh grated coconut to water? Thank you very much!

  22. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    October 28th, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Hey Monci!

    Thanks for the comment. Personally, I have only tried with dried coconut flakes, but feel free to use fresh. šŸ™‚

    Enjoy!

  23. rick

    November 7th, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Yes you can use fresh coconut. I got this technique from my grandmother. I use to hand grate the coconut and make the milk. I’ve also seen it made with coconut water

  24. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    November 10th, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Cheers! Thanks Rick!

  25. Michelle

    November 8th, 2014 at 4:25 am

    Luv this!

  26. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    November 17th, 2014 at 10:24 am

    So glad!

  27. Michelle

    November 8th, 2014 at 4:26 am

    I love this. Thanks!

  28. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    November 10th, 2014 at 5:33 am

    CHEERS! You RAWk Michelle!

  29. laura

    November 16th, 2014 at 12:47 am

    How much does this recipe make?

  30. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    November 17th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Hey Laura.

    A little over 20 ounces. šŸ™‚

  31. Karen

    November 23rd, 2014 at 7:16 am

    I’ve just made this coconut milk in my Nutribullet as it’s a real pain to buy it where i live without going out of my way (and it’ a bit expensive). I remember I had some desiccated coconut lurking at the back of my kitchen cupboard and I am thrilled how easy it is to make and tastes so good. I don’t think I’ll ever have to buy the processed one ever again. Thanks for sharing x

  32. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    November 23rd, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Karen!

  33. Karen

    November 25th, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Do you have any tips for using the left over coconut pulp please. I’ve just made my second batch and loath to throw anything away!

  34. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    November 25th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Hey Karen.

    How about trying Oh She Glow Coconut bars? http://ohsheglows.com/2013/10/24/3-layer-almond-coconut-chocolate-bars-3/

  35. leah

    May 8th, 2015 at 1:29 am

    I dry the pulp, by spreading on a sheet of paper and placing in the oven until coconut is dry, I let cool, place into a sealed container, I use it to put in biscuits, ie. Anzac biscuits, any biscuit recipe I can find that uses coconut.

  36. SGS Rawkstar

    May 8th, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Great suggestion, Leah! šŸ™‚

  37. jan

    December 7th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    can coconut milk be made from coconut flour?

  38. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    December 8th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Hi Jan.

    Great question. I haven’t tired to make coconut flour, but here is a video you might enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ8wxqlUd-c#t=77

  39. Sara

    December 11th, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Yes, Coconut nut flour is super easy to make.
    Preheat oven to 200, spread coconut pulp on cookie sheet and bake.
    Stir and break up clumps while it is drying in about 2hrs take it out set aside to cool. Place dried coconut into coffee/ spice grinder, give it a whirl and Viola coconut flour! Take a look at how much coconut flour cost and give yourself a pat on the back and the wallet.
    Here is a web version as well. http://homegrownandhealthy.com/how-to-make-coconut-flour-a-tutorial/

  40. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    December 11th, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Thanks for sharing, Sara. šŸ™‚

  41. Sasha Barritt

    January 8th, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Hi there,
    I’ve just started buying the fresh coconuts from the supermarket & once I’ve drank the water out of it, what is the time frame that the coconut left inside has to be eaten or used by? Thanks.

  42. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    January 8th, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Hey Sasha.

    I am not sure of that answer. I would imagine if you are storing it in fridge, it should last a few days. Next time you are in the store, ask the produce manager, they could give you a more exact time frame.

  43. Shashi

    February 20th, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    We use lot of coconut in our indian cooking.how we store coconut is, grate the coconut and freeze it in ziplock.it stays for months.whenever you want to make coconut milk, just blend the grated coconut with warm water, it prevents the milk from curdling .Filter the milk. Leftovers can be used for your coconut cookies, salads and soups as a topping

  44. Rachel

    March 24th, 2015 at 10:59 am

    I can keep my fresh coconut in a little water in the refrigerator for about 5-6 days. After reading how to make your own coconut milk though, I am going to try shredding then dehydrating it myself.

  45. SGS Rawkstar

    March 24th, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Rachel,

    Rawsome! Let us know how it turns out, or if you have any questions along the way!

  46. amy

    January 10th, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I’m using dried shredded coconut that is extremely fine and practically grated. Do I still need to blend?

  47. SGS Rawkstar Shauna

    January 12th, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    That’s perfect. Just use it in place of the coconut. šŸ™‚

  48. amy

    January 23rd, 2015 at 6:25 am

    So I don’t blend or I do?

  49. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    January 27th, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Hey Amy,

    I would blend it still, just not as long. šŸ™‚

  50. KIM

    January 10th, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Where are you getting dried unsweetened coconut? Even at Trader Joe’s all they have is sweetened!!!!–thanks!

  51. SGS Rawkstar Shauna

    January 12th, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Hi there,
    Whole foods, sprouts, online. šŸ™‚

  52. Miranda

    January 13th, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    My homemade coconut milk separates as you said, but the top layer is not spoonable. It actually solidifies over the liquid watery layer. I have to break it up to get “milk” but then it’s not very smooth after. Am I not squeezing too hard or something?

  53. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    January 14th, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Hey Miranda,

    Thanks for reaching out, sounds like that is the healthy fats solidifying in your coconut milk, give it a shake and they should go away. šŸ™‚ If it doesn’t, for sure when you blend it. šŸ™‚

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