February 28, 2017

Fresh Coconut Milk: Today you can buy coconut in the can … well, not in my days growing up in Jamaica. Why, when we could just make it ourselves with fresh coconuts that were easy to find at the market. Canned coconut milk often has added sugar. That’s why, for some of my recipes, like Mackerel Rundown, I prefer to use traditional fresh coconut milk. You’ll see in the video that it’s easy to make, and nutritious with no preservatives. If you have a blender you can make fresh coconut milk in minutes!

Ingredients

8 cups cold Water
2 brown Coconuts

Method

1. Using a knife, wedge the “meat” of the coconut away from the shell
2. Cut the coconut in small pieces and puree in a blender with water in batches
3. Pour the mixture into a large bowl through a large strainer; press the coconut in the strainer to squeeze out all the milk

Makes 8 cups
 

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Fay

I’ve been cooking Jamaican food for my family for more than 50 years! Now I'm teaching my daughter Angela and you how to cook my treasured family recipes! I'm happy to be of service and love hearing from you so don't forget to leave a comment below.

Fay

9 Comments

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    Fran from Bronx, NY
    August 26, 2013

    I also remember my mother and aunt using a grater (metal) to grate the coconuts. Then afterward putting the grating in water (warm) and “massaging” the pulp to get the milk out. It was time consuming and labor intensive. After my mother brought her first blender, I in a fit of laziness, decided to use it to grate the coconut. It was fast, and fun. My mother never looked at me as a child after that. (I was 11). I started to do more in the kitchen after that. And for special occasion, we would make coconut peas and rice and my part was, as you guess it, grating the coconut and making fresh coconut milk.

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    Debra in Brooklyn
    August 26, 2013

    Ms. Fay, Thank you for posting this one. I have been trying to talk myself into trying to make fresh coconut milk because I do not want to use canned. You know how it is, I read something in an article about whatever chemicals they put in the lining of the cans and how it leeches into whatever liquid is there. Just not what I want. So I had tried your rice & peas recipe with dried coconut milk. It came out very well, but either way, I don’t want all the added sodium. So now that I have some idea of measurement of coconut to water, I will try it out. Questions: How long can I keep the milk in the fridge? And does it freeze well?

    Thanks again! You are a gem!!

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      Cook Like A Jamaican
      August 27, 2013

      Hi Debra,
      I’m not sure how long it will keep in the fridge but I’m sure it will freeze perfectly well for use later. Blessings, Fay

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    August 26, 2013

    I’ve tried your curry goat recipe and, although I used lamb, it was absolutely and exceptionally wonderful. Thank you oh so much Fay! God bless you!

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    karen
    August 27, 2013

    thank you for the recipe for coconut milk. it tastes so good and easy to make. also i no longer need to look on the can for what was added to the product.

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    Nikki
    September 2, 2013

    Hello
    Thank you for your site. I am married to a great Jamaican man for 7 years now and like to surprise him here and there with Jamaican dishes.. I would like to know if the fresh coconut milk here can be made with the Brown coconuts we find here in NY. Or is it only the green fresh coconuts that can make the milk
    Thanks for your help

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      Cook Like A Jamaican
      September 2, 2013

      Hi Nikki,
      You’ll see in the video that you have to use dry (brown) coconuts for this recipe. So you’ll have not problem making coconut milk in New York. Enjoy!

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    AJ
    March 30, 2014

    I remember the days of grating the coconut Sunday mornings! I have many a grated (scarred) knuckles to prove it! Even after we got a blender, we kids still had to grate coconut. Can you say “karmic punishment”?! LOL The milk can be frozen in portions so you use only whet you need each time.

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    Aaronius
    April 19, 2015

    I bought a coconut today and can’t wait to drink it up using this recipe to keep me hydrated in work this week, I’m excited and hope this can be my new drink and will fulfil my wildest dreams.

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