Dec 9, 2008

Tuesday Tip Day~Homemade Coconut Milk

Have you ever had a recipe that calls for coconut milk and you go to the store to find out prices are outrageous? I know because this time of the year I use alot of coconut milk. Did you know that you can make your own coconut milk right at home? It is so simple and it tastes great. Best of all you know what is in it and the price is just right. There are two ways that you can make this milk. You can either get your coconut from a fresh coconut or from dehydrated coconut shreds.

Coconut juice is the coconut water from inside the coconut– it is used for making deserts and for drinking. Coconut milk is not coconut juice—Coconut milk is made from the meat, or nut part, of the coconut—To make coconut milk just add some of fresh coconut to a blender w/ a little hot water and blend till smooth. That is the coconut milk that we pay so much for at the stores.

To make coconut milk from dehydrated coconut shreds:

1 Cup coconut shreds
1 Cup hot water
Place in a blender and blend until smooth. Strain out any leftover chunks.

If you are feeling adventurous you can get a fresh coconut and grate it using the same ratio as above.

Coconut and Chocolate Pie
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
1 cup milk
1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
1 cup white sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup cornstarch
7/8 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup white sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake crust for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside to cool. In a medium saucepan, whisk together milk, coconut milk and 1 cup sugar. In a separate bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in water. Bring coconut mixture to a boil. Reduce to simmer and slowly whisk in the cornstarch. Continue stirring mixture over low heat until thickened, about 3 minutes. In a glass bowl, microwave chocolate chips for 1 minute or until melted. Divide the coconut pudding evenly into two bowls. Mix chocolate into one portion. Spread on the bottom of the pie crust. Pour the remaining portion of pudding on top of the chocolate and spread smooth. Refrigerate for about an hour. Whip cream with 1/4 cup sugar until stiff peaks form. Layer the cream on pie; if desired garnish with chocolate shavings.

Did you know that if you use coconut milk and place it all over the scalp and massaging it into the hair roots is also beneficial in the treatment of hair loss. It nourishes the hair and promotes hair growth. It will also leave your hair soft and shinny.


Melissa said...

Yummy- that sounds so good. Thanks for all the tips- especially how to make coconut milk- I never knew it was so easy. :)