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Coconut Milk Riddle: Solved

Sunday, May 03, 2015

I've been wanting to make coconut milk from scratch for quite some time. At first I thought using the BlendTec blender would be the answer. But it's such a hassle that I never get around to do it, despite buying coconuts many times and had to throw them out. You have to separate the meat from the shell and then pulverize it.

Anyway, I got another gadget, a coconut meat shredder. So I thought I give it a try. I started with 8 old coconuts, 2 of them were bad, so I ended up processing 6. It took at least a couple of hours, but now I have fresh coconut milk that I can use in cooking and to mix with my juice.

Update: MRTHING2000 is correct. Coconut water is the water inside the coconuts. You can drink those in 'green' or young coconuts as they are full of enzymes. Young coconuts have no meat or very thin layer of meat. You can not make coconut milk from young coconuts. Old coconuts have thick meat as shown in the pictures. Different varieties will have different sugar content. Young coconuts from Thailand are very sweet as that is a cultural thing whereas coconuts from South America or Florida are not as sweet so those should be your first choice. In mature or old coconuts, do not drink them, but save them to water your plants. Coconut milk is made from hot water extraction method from the shredded old coconut meat. I ran mine through boiling water 3 times, squeezing out the liquid each time. As you can see, coconut water and coconut milk are two different animals. You don't want to heat coconut water as heat will destroy the enzymes, thus, you drink them fresh from the young coconuts.

The coconut meat shredder is on Amazon or ebay. It can be quite dangerous and you need to wear heavy glove when shredding the coconuts. Without the glove, one slip and you'll have shredded fingers or hand. I slipped once but luckily didn't cut myself. Here is a link to the shredder on Amazon. Good luck.

P.S. I've been enjoying the frozen juice I made from last week everyday. It's very nice to have the juice daily without having to do any work. I doubt if I could tell the differences between fresh and previously frozen in a blind taste test.

Started with old coconuts:

Split them in halves with a heavy cleaver:

Grind the meat with the shredder:

Yielded about 12 cups:
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  • no profile photo MSGO72
    1316 days ago
    Wow. You need to have your own TV show! This is so cool!
    1322 days ago
    Woah! That is the coolest coconut shredder ever!! My 11 year old son thinks we have to have this now! I think we'll have to wait till he's older and he can do it for me! emoticon
    Thank you so much for sharing so much helpful information!
    Have a great week!
    1323 days ago
    looks like lots of work!
    1323 days ago
  • MRTHING2000
    @READY2FLOURISH: I wondered the same thing. Apparently coconut water is the 'juice' inside unripe 'green' coconuts. Coconut milk is the milk in ripe coconuts and the meat mashed down to add even more juice. The water tastes like dish soap to me, its clear, and has a very strong almond flavor (I think). It is very high in sugars. The milk tastes thick, like unsweetened milk but a bit thinner.

    Some people swear by coconut water but I don't like it at all. It sugar content alone would be enough to steer clear.
    1323 days ago
    Holy Cow! That is the biggest shredder I've ever seen! LOL! Where did you find it?
    That coconut milk looks delicious! You may have convinced me to make my own too!
    Thank You for showing us!

    1323 days ago
    Learn something every day, had never heard of a coconut meat shredder before. Looks like it was very handy though. Can I stupidly ask what the difference is between coconut milk and coconut water? Is it just a watered down version? I've tried the water on it's own and didn't really care for it- i'm wondering if there's a difference or if perhaps I might like it in a juice mixture. I hear it's really good for you. Thanks for your wisdom!
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