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: