How to Make Coconut Milk: Versatile and Healthy

Coconut Water vs. Coconut Milk

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Coconut milk and coconut water are not the same.  While Coconut water is very healthy for you, it is mainly the milk that is used in thai recipes, curry recipes, and in baking.  Coconut oil is also used for baking, and is versatile enough to be used in sauteing, too.

Further into this post, I give the instructions for producing your own coconut water or milk.  Stay tuned for that.

If you’re curious about how the coconut milk is made, it is simply a mix of the coconut meat with the water. Coconut milk can be used much like cream; you will find it at the top of the can.

Tip: You may shake the can of coconut milk to combine, or use in the separated state.

Coconut Milk Uses:  Discussion

There is much discussion on the benefits of coconut milk, coconut oil and coconut water.  Coconut water is growing in popularity and is the lowest in fat, and it is very high in potassium.

It can help quench your thirst, yet be wary of drinking too much – it is a natural laxative!

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Many workout enthusiasts like to use coconut water to replenish themselves after a lengthy workout.

Coconut milk is quite popular in Jamaica and Trinidad, also in New Zealand and Australia. Evidently people from many cultures value this wonderful product from Nature.

It is very high in saturated fat, but the fat is the type that can raise your good cholesterol (similar to avocado in that respect).  I would definitely refer you to this Wiki article .

If you hit that article, it speaks of “medium chain triglycerides” & how extra-virgin coconut oil may not pose the same risks as other saturated fats.

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Point:  Some people use Coconut Oil and Coconut Water for Losing Weight

It is best to use extra virgin coconut oil for your smoothies, as this will benefit your health & keep you feeling full.

Being satiated is an important part of weight loss.  You can learn more about WHY in this WebMD wt loss article .

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As to coconut water, there are some athletes who believe it has kept them going even in the most humid conditions.  For example, american tennis player John Isner stated that it kept him from cramping up in his 11-hour marathon match at Wimbledon.

He said, “it’s super-hydrating”.   John uses a mix of coconut water & sea salt before his matches; and afterward, he has the water with some protein powder.  Read more

 

Coconut Meat:  Young Coconuts vs. Mature Coconuts

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If one lives  in Latin America, Asia or Africa he may be privvy to coconuts on a regular basis.  Or a person living in southern Florida or Hawaii may have access to young coconuts as well as mature.

A young coconut has a very large amount of water inside, but not very much coconut meat .

In young coconuts, the meat is a jelly like substance that can be  scraped out and used.  You may wish to combine the jellied coconut meat with the water – then add some sugar or sweetener to taste .

 

Indian Dishes Made with Coconut Milk Abound

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Some ideas for using coconut milk are of course in curry type dishes, where the sauce benefits from the milky and flavorful addition. Meatless Thai or Indian recipes can be made Vegan by using coconut milk as a creamy agent.

Coconut Milk Baking:  How to Substitute

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Yоu саn uѕе сосоnut milk аѕ a ѕubstitutе fоr thе оil аnd liԛuidѕ called fоr in a cake mix. It саn bе uѕеd inѕtеаd оf milk tо mаkе rice pudding, or creme brulee. Sоmе реорlе uѕе it аѕ a milk ѕubѕtitutе оvеr their cereal, thоugh it mау need thinning dоwn fоr thiѕ use. It саn bе uѕеd inѕtеаd оf сrеаm in соffее оr tea, оr tо mаkе hоt chocolate.

Thе Coconut tree, аѕ they say, iѕ thе ‘tree оf life’. Evеrу раrt оf it hаѕ mаnу uѕеѕ аnd functions, frоm itѕ rооtѕ tо itѕ leaves.. аnd еvеn itѕ mаturе сосоnut meat. Thе mаturе сосоnut mеаt саn bе shredded, аnd саn bе uѕеd fresh оr dried.

Mаturе coconuts аrе bеѕt tо uѕе bесаuѕе thе mеаt iѕ usually thiсk аnd a bit harder thаn thе young coconut. Tо extract, mix grаtеd сосоnut mеаt with warm оr hоt water, but mаkе ѕurе nоt tо рut tоо much – especially fоr thе initiаl ѕԛuееzing bесаuѕе wе wаnt it thiсk аnd creamy. Lеt it ѕit fоr a few minutes before squeezing. Sеt аѕidе аbоut 4 oz оf it fоr ‘thick milk’.

Fоr thе ‘light сосоnut milk‘, роur hоt оr warm wаtеr again оvеr thе same grаtеd сосоnut meat. Thе ѕесоnd ѕԛuееzing won’t bе аѕ сrеаmу аnd thiсk аѕ thе firѕt one.

Sеt аѕidе аbоut tеn оunсеѕ оf it, in a ѕераrаtе container.

Culinary Use:  See the Wiki post on culinary uses  or see the Wiki on coconut cream

Look at This

Coconut Baking Resources:  Coconut Oil Baking  and  Indian Recipes with Coconut Milk

>> References:  Webmd.com and Wholefoodsmarket.com

 

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