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  1. Love this recipe!!! We found that the coconut oil we got from this had a lot of the coconut milky goodness in it, which we really like using in your toothpaste recipe (http://www.crunchybetty.com/homemade-toothpaste-want-to-ditch-the-fluoride)

  2. guest

    I like using about three tablespoons to one cup of almond milk for my honey lattes :-)

  3. Sheila

    The first 3 times I made this coconut milk it came out perfect! I used the oil/cream that rose to the top as a moisturizer that was heavenly. I made the milk again last night and to my great disappointment, no cream today. I just re-read the instructions and see that I forgot to use “HOT” water. It really does make a difference.

  4. Kimberley

    Hello Nirvana!!!!  Love, love, love it.  I use it in my tea instead of creamer…couldn’t be happier!
    Also have used it for the “almost no poo” recipe…which is great not only for my hair, but my whole body!.
    Thanks for the delicious recipe….Oh…I only used 3 cups of water…like a little stronger flavor, And a full cup is only 3 points on weight watchers!!

  5. Patrick Hickey

    Hi, Thank you for your instructions!  I’ve just been playing it be ear, fermenting fresh coconut I’ve run through Champion Juicer.  I add either molasss or organic honey to culture it.  It will frement even without a starter, it just takes longer, so I’ve started it with a little organic plain yogurt and use that batch for a couple of more.

    Since I’m not exactly doing this for culinary reasons, I gladly consume the yogurt regardless of the taste. My gut simply needs fremented foods right now.

    However, I might give it a few spins through my VitaMix and strain it, though I don’t really want to toss much on the compost pile.  As an experienced chef, I love to experiment, and since I’m the only one who eats the results, how can I lose?

    So far, the most challenging thing to master has been to remove the meat from the shell, but I learned to use a small chisle quite skillfully.

    I’m just starting on the food culturing band-wagon, but it’s already been more than worth it’s weight in gold, since my digestive tract has become much more effective in absorbing nutrients, especially minerals.  I’m even getting my money’s worth from the few supplements I take since these absorb so much more effectively.

    Patrick Hickey, Sedona, Arizona

    • denise

      Patrick, I just started fermenting coconut milk too. I am very curious to know how you can tell your digestive track is absorbing nutrients and minerals more efficiently. Do tell? :o)

  6. Deluca

    I made this recipe twice, and I get the oil at the top, but I don’t get the good cream that is supposed to rise to the top. It’s the hard oil and nothing else. What am I doing wrong? :(

    • Amanda

      You probably are not doing anything wrong it is more than likely the coconut you bought. Try a different kind or buy from a different store.

  7. Closet hippie

    I’m so going to try this and use it to make the shampoo you write about in another blog! Can you use Kirk’s original Coco Castile soap instead of the liquid Castile or is that just too much coconut in terms of oil?

  8. I make homemade coconut greek yogurt out of it

    • Vee S.

      I would really love it if you’d share with us the recipe and directions for making homemade coconut milk greek yogurt! : )

  9. I buy bulk chipped coconut (unsweetened, dried, large chips rather than thin shreds). Is this suitable for use in making homemade coconut milk?

  10. I buy bulk chipped coconut (unsweetened, dried, large chips rather than thin shreds). Is this suitable for use in making homemade coconut milk?

  11. Annalea Sommerville

    i’m trying this today. sounds terrific. also wanted to say that i’ve been making my own deodorant with coconut oil, baking soda, cornstarch and essential oil for the last 3 years and will never use anything else again. it works amazingly!!!

  12. Krystle

    Hi There! LOVE your site. I use it for several recipes but especially love the petro free vaporub. Anyway… Just wanted to check… on this recipe you say that you need 1/2 c coconut milk. I’m guessing you meant 1/2 c shredded coconut but wanted to be sure.

    Keep up the wonderful work!!

  13. When I lived in Tanzania for 2 months, we had coconut milk in a lot of the food. My family made it by cracking open a coconut, using a special carver to shred the coconut, then they would soak it in some water, and squeeze the pulp. They kept doing that about 4 times and then would pour it into the food. So yeah you can do it with fresh and it’s fabulous, just a lot more work!

  14. Sonia RM

    I preffer simply the yolk of the egg. Same money, less work..

  15. Alice

    In my country, Puerto Rico, we open the coconut with a machete, and we use a spoon to get the white of the coconut out, then we eat it like that, or use it in many recipes. We also drink the coconut water, very cold, just make a hole on top of the coconut with something like a screwdriver, and insert a straw. Make sure the coconut was in the refrigerator, because the coconut water is soooi good when it is very cold.

  16. Marie

    For the life of me, I can’t find UNsweetened shredded coconut! I’m in AK, and I’ve checked Safeway and Fred Meyer’s (which are all we have, grocery wise). But I want to make this for the shampoo…right MEOW! Where can I order the unsweetened, and can I use the sweetened, just this once?

    • My favorite source for unsweetened shredded coconut (organic) is TropicalTraditions.com. I buy the 2.2 lb bags and stock up when they offer free shipping! Great quality, makes awesome milk.

    • gail

      Look for the unsweetened coconut in the bulk/nutrition center of Fred Meyer.

    • vickity907

      I live in AK too!!!! There’s a lady in Chugiak and one in Palmer that can get you the coconut you’re looking for try googling Wholly living or Living proof AK. They both are wonderful help when looking for more natural foods.

  17. Melissa

    You can order raw freshly frozen coconut meat from Exotic Foods. It’s fantastic they have the water frozen raw also.

  18. Melissa

    You can order raw freshly frozen coconut meat from Exotic Foods. It’s fantastic they have the water frozen raw also.

  19. Roz

    I am definitely interested in this deordorant..what are the ingredients ratios…I am sure many would love to learn of this…I am an avid gardener..need I say more..many thanks..

  20. Sandra

    I think what you meant to say at the beginning (before the recipe) is rhredded coconut.:

    This is what you said: Here’s what you need: 1/2 c. coconut milk, 4 cups of really hot water,…etc.

    I think you meant to say: 1/2 c. shredded coconut (not coconut milk).

  21. Penny

    Thank you!!!!
    I got my oil! And my flour! And 8 cups of coconut milk (used 1 c coconut, 2 c water), which cost me $0.15/cup, as opposed to $2/cup for the milk that we usually buy, which is organic, additive free and comes in bpa free cans. By the time I’m finished by 5 lb bag of coconut, this recipe will have saved me over $200!!
    BUT…my milk seems really watery! It still tastes like coconut milk, but I think that it’s more like light coconut milk then full fat. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to make icecream with it :( (Just a bit addicted.) I followed the recipe exactly, repeating all of the steps four times. Maybe try stopping at 3 next time?

    • I always stop at 3 because I like the richer flavor. For special recipes I’ll use just 2, and use it (maybe for ice cream? I have to try that!) then I’ll do one more run and put that in my drinking pitcher.

  22. Sharing this method for straining… I use all the instructions above (stop after 3rd batch and freeze the coconut pulp, to use in recipes and sprinkle on my dog’s food to help her arthritis, and works great).

    BUT, instead of straining it through cheesecloth (never! can’t stand the thought of wasting any oil LOL) or the mess of a strainer or sieve, I use my French Press pot with a stainless strainer. Works beautifully for me!

    • Essi-Maria

      Many thanks Cherie! I just made this first time and it turned out to be delicious, even though I used an immersion blender. I strained it through sieve as Betty did, but as I happen to have a French Press too, I’m gonna use that next time soon!

  23. Tricia K

    I’ve been making coconut-chia seed pudding with Thai Kitchen canned organic coconut milk for a long time now. It was part of our breakfast every morning. The recipe is: 1 can coconut milk, 1/4 cup chia seeds, 1/4 cup organic, unsweetened shredded coconut, 1/4 cup raw honey, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and a dash of sea salt. In a bowl, whisk together the milk, honey, vanilla and salt until well blended, then stir in the chia seeds and shredded coconut. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Stir again, cover and refrigerate. Pudding will be set in about 4 hours. It comes out perfectly smooth and absolutely delicious every time.

    Well, I finally decided to try making my own coconut milk with my Tropical Traditions shredded coconut. The milk was delicious, but the pudding came out all clumpy. The chia seeds collected in several large masses and would not separate and disperse throughout the pudding. I solved that by using my immersion blender on it after it was set. I think the problem may have been the method for making the coconut milk (it was from a blog) which called for using a Vitamix blender on high for 2 minutes, then straining through cheesecloth (I used butter muslin) and repeating once. (I borrowed my sister’s Vitamix.)

    I was so disappointed with the homemade milk that I went back to buying the canned coconut milk at $2.18 a can!
    But now I am so excited to try it again using your instructions! The taste and nutrition of homemade coconut milk can’t be beat, and the $$$ savings is amazing! So if the consistency of it will give me the same results as canned for my coconut-chia seed pudding, I will be forever grateful to you!

    • Amanda

      Wow this sounds delicious!!! Can you omit the shredded coconut at the end when you add the chia seeds? I am not a fan of shredded coconut but will drink the milk. Will the pudding still form without it?

    • Sheila

      I’d love your recipe for the coconut chia seed pudding. Thank you, Sheila :)

  24. Helen

    The ingredients you list to make the coconut milk starts with “1/2 c. coconut milk”!!! Would you please look over your ingredient list & update/correct, as I would very much like to try this recipe, but I think you have made a mistake!

  25. It warms my tiny black heart every time I see someone post an article proclaiming the glories of coconut.

    I feed coconut in all its forms to my family (here are some recipes I have tried and tested out on my family, http://www.yummycoconut.com) and we also use it as a lotion and deodorant. For me, coconut oil deodorant is definitely the best deodorant I have ever used. While it does not stop you from sweating (which I have read is bad for you anyways) it does absolute wonders at actually deodorizing.

    And as a lotion (coconut oil), it is a must for me. If you have ever dealt with small kids you know that anything that goes on their skin also goes in their mouth. Its, one less thing to worry about if they are putting coconut oil in their mouth instead of all the weird chemicals in commercial lotions.

    High five to coconuts!

  26. Coconut oil is the best oil for cooking as it has no cholestrol. Like any oil it has a high calorie count but is still the greatest option for cooking. About the gloppy mess you mentioned, that just looked like it would be great in a cake or pudding. I can’t wait to try this as I purchase both coconut oil and coconut milk weekly. Would be nice to make my own.

  27. Renate

    25 September 2013

    Do I use the same batch of 1/2 cup of shredded coconuts 3 or 4 times with 1 cup of hot water each time, or do I have to take each time a new 1/2 cup of shredded coconuts and then strain it later?

    thank you so much for letting me know and thank you for informing us about how to make coconut milk!

  28. Sheila

    Hi There!
    I just read your recipe and it sounds great. I want to make sure I’m reading it correctly. In the list of ingredients you said you start with 1/2 cup of coconut milk??? Or do you mean shredded coconut?
    Thank you!! :)

  29. Kermit Hale

    I may be a bit technical here, but the first ingredient is listed as coconut milk. Wait a minute, I thought we were making milk. I guess the first ingredient should be changed to shredded coconut. Oh well, today’s hi-tech communication devices leave a lot of room for improvement. My cell phone’s keyboard is nerve-wracking – when I try to type something it changes it into something else.

  30. Krista

    OOPS! Typo! I’m sure you mean that what you’ll need is 1 c. shredded coconut and not 1 c. coconut milk…? Threw me for a minute.

  31. Jen

    This may be redundant – I didn’t read the other comments, but you can also use the leftover coconut to make flour after it’s dried.

  32. Sandy

    trying to figure out calories carbs etc in my homemade coconut, I was looking for a recipe and found one that said 1.5 -2 cups shredded coconut and same amount of water as you said. Next time I will use less. Anyway I ended up with 3 cups milk. Taste is great BUT I do my fitness pal and can’t come up with the calories etc. Can you help me.

  33. Matt

    I’m intrigued to try this, but what happens if I don’t use hot water and just use room temp water instead? I think I read in the comments that this caused there to be an absence of the floating coconut oil on top. Would that oil stay in the shredded coconut pulp or would it still be in the milk and just not rise to the top for some reason?

    The reason that I ask is that my blender is plastic and I’m usually pretty careful to avoid putting hot things into plastic containers when preparing food. This can cause plastic to leach into the food. Thanks in advance for any responses!

  34. You know Betty, first time I was made this coconut milk. It was made so tasty and delicious. I used the oil and cream to top as a moisturizer that was heavenly. I will definitely make this coconut milk very soon. Thanks for sharing great info about coconut milk.

  35. Katy Flanagan

    I’ve been making coconut oil for awhile now, but I use 2 cups shredded organic coconut and 3 cups very hot water and blend for about a minute at least and then strain with very thin tea towels. I really squeeze as hard as I can to get all the liquid out. I feed the shredded coconut to my dogs, which they love and it’s good for them. I get the cream on the top and just shake up my bottle before pouring on my cereal. I’ll have to try some of these other ideas. Thanks for the tips!


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