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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.

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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. Taishan

    January 26th, 2016 at 5:32 am

    It looks easy, but I am no cook

  2. SGS Rawkstar

    January 26th, 2016 at 8:44 am

    No cooking necessary, Taishan! Just boil water + blend. You’ve got this!!

  3. Pascal

    March 5th, 2016 at 5:30 am

    Hi team, I usually buy whole coconut, I use the water and meat for my smoothie. But I have also some left over coconut meat which I have frozen. Can I use the left over coconut meat to make the milk? If yes please advise will it be the same process?

    Thanks

  4. SGS Rawkstar

    March 6th, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Pascal,

    Great question! You definitely can use the remaining coconut meat to make your own coconut milk! Simply skip boiling + blend filtered water with the fresh coconut meat!

  5. Lauren

    March 8th, 2016 at 4:57 am

    If you are going to use the coconut milk only for making smoothies, can’t you just skip the straining process and leave any remaining pulp in it for extra fiber in your smoothies?

  6. SGS Rawkstar

    March 8th, 2016 at 7:01 am

    Hi Lauren,

    Of course! Plenty members of our community have shared that they keep the pulp in their coconut milk. It’s all about your preference!

    Cheers 🙂

  7. paulo jose

    June 19th, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Hello loved learning how to make coconut milk, I live in Brazil and have a lot of coconut here. I loved the blog, has many healthy recipes that can do at home.
    Thank you

  8. SGS Rawkstar

    June 20th, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Hi!

    Thanks so much for reaching out + for your kind words :). I’m so envious of your abundance of fresh coconut! What a treat!

    Thanks for being a part of our community :). Cheers!

  9. Gabriela

    June 28th, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    I made this recipe last week, but i Don t like the results…. I will try one more time. Tx SGS

  10. SGS Rawkstar

    June 29th, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Hi Gabriela!

    Thanks for reaching out! We know one recipe won’t please everyone, but definitely feel free to experiment with this recipe to have it suit your personal taste :). A couple options are adding less water for a creamier consistency, or adding a little vanilla extract for extra flavor!

    Hope that helps! Thanks for being a part of our community :).

  11. saudesuperdicas

    August 15th, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Wow!!! very cool , I live in Brazil here has much firmer now will delight me with this totally natural recipe! thank you so much.

  12. SGS Rawkstar

    August 16th, 2016 at 7:35 am

    You’re so welcome! Thanks for blendin’ with us! <3

  13. Receitas Light

    August 20th, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks! Love the recipe

  14. SGS Rawkstar

    August 22nd, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Rawesome! Thanks for blendin’ with us!

  15. carol

    August 22nd, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    very good this content, congratulations!

  16. SGS Rawkstar

    August 23rd, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Thanks Carol!

  17. Jimmy Silva

    September 7th, 2016 at 7:01 am

    I love coconut milk, thanks for the recipe

  18. SGS Rawkstar

    September 7th, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Hi Jimmy,

    We do too!! Have you made your own coconut milk before? If not, make sure and let us know what you think after trying this recipe!

  19. Guia Brasil

    September 22nd, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I love coconut milk.
    I will do it today!
    Cheers

  20. SGS Rawkstar

    September 22nd, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Rawesome!!

  21. 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?

  22. 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!

  23. Juan Pablo

    November 24th, 2016 at 5:48 am

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

  24. SGS Rawkstar

    December 2nd, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Thanks Juan!

  25. Segredos dos Brigadeiros Gourmet

    December 3rd, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Very good article.

  26. Joceli

    December 20th, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Very good, thank you

  27. SGS Rawkstar

    December 26th, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    🙂

  28. Juliana

    December 27th, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Milk is life!!!

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