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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. Cathi de Vriend

    September 28th, 2016 at 1:06 am

    I’d love to have a go at this as it sounds amazing. I have a large bag of Organic Coconut Flakes that i have to use up. Can I make it with this, and if so, will it require extra soaking time?

  2. SGS Rawkstar

    September 28th, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Hi Cathi,

    We love using coconut flakes in this recipe. As long as they’re dried and unsweetened you’re ready to rawk!! Simply follow the directions above.

    Cheers!

  3. Juan Pablo

    November 24th, 2016 at 5:48 am

    very very very good this content, congratulations!
    amazing post!

  4. SGS Rawkstar

    December 2nd, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Thanks Juan!

  5. Segredos dos Brigadeiros Gourmet

    December 3rd, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Very good article.

  6. Joceli

    December 20th, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Very good, thank you

  7. SGS Rawkstar

    December 26th, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    🙂

  8. Juliana

    December 27th, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Milk is life!!!

  9. Bruna Rodrigues

    January 13th, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Really good this recipe I loved. I’ll do it today, thank you.

  10. SGS Rawkstar

    January 13th, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Hi Bruna,

    Rawesome! We love this recipe + hope you love it as much as we do!

  11. Marco Aurélio

    January 14th, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Muito interessante (:

  12. SGS Rawkstar

    January 18th, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Give it a try, Marco! Then reach back out + let us know what you think!

  13. Bianca

    February 11th, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Wonderful recipes congratulations

  14. SGS Rawkstar

    February 13th, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Thanks Bianca! We hope you enjoy it!

  15. Peter

    February 24th, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    look delicious

  16. SGS Rawkstar

    February 27th, 2017 at 3:56 am

    Hi Peter,

    We hope you give it a try! We love this recipe!

  17. Soluções que Renovam

    March 15th, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I’ve never seen anything like it. Very good!

  18. John Oliver

    May 2nd, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Hellooo! Very nice tips! Thanks for share!

  19. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    May 3rd, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    You’re so welcome, John!

  20. Anne

    May 3rd, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Wow what a delight, I love coconut milk, here in Brazil this recipe is a success, as a child I drink at least once a week.

  21. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    May 3rd, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Anne,

    YAY! So happy you could enjoy this recipe + start re-living your childhood days! 🙂 Thanks for blendin’ with us, all the way from Brazil!

  22. Rana

    May 9th, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Im making my coconut milk, but it makes a mess :/

  23. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    May 10th, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Hi Rana,

    Oh no! Which step are you finding extra messy?

  24. Rian

    May 13th, 2017 at 9:14 am

    I loved the recipe! It seems very easy to do and besides everything looks very natural. I will make!

  25. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    May 23rd, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Rawesome, Rian! Reach back out are you’ve given it a try! I’d love to hear your review!!

  26. Manollo

    May 22nd, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I really like natural foods. Our body thanks! Thanks for sharing!

  27. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    May 23rd, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Thanks for blending with us, Manollo!

  28. casamento

    May 22nd, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    very good

  29. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    May 23rd, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Thanks Casamento!

  30. Lazaro Silva

    May 23rd, 2017 at 9:29 am

    From now on I never again spent a penny buying coconut milk ready, thank you very much for sharing this delicious coconut milk recipe, I already did and it was very good, perfect.

  31. Salgados para vender

    June 12th, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Great recipe! I tried it and it worked.

  32. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    June 12th, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Rawesome!

  33. Eunice

    June 12th, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Parabéns pelo conteúdo do site gostei de como fazer o leite de coco, que delicia.Obrigado

  34. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    June 13th, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Hi Eunice,

    YAY! I’m so excited to hear you loved this recipe + making you’re own coconut milk! Thanks for reaching out.

  35. Flavia

    July 28th, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    I was looking for this recipe! I saw in japanese channel but never find again! Thank you very much! Great post! Loved the content!

  36. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    July 31st, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Hi Flavia,

    YAY!! So happy you found it!

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