November 14, 2012   By Kelly Bejelly

HOW TO MAKE COCONUT MILK FROM DRIED COCONUT

Ok, strange fact, but I don’t really like coconut milk. The stuff you buy in the can is too thick and creamy for my taste so I decided to  make my own.

What you need:

1 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut flakes

2 1/2 cups of hot water

1 mesh strainer – I use a paint strainer bag from Home Depot that cost $3 for 2. You can reuse these over and over. I did soak it in warm soapy water and vinegar before I used it the first time.

HOW TO MAKE COCONUT MILK FROM DRIED COCONUT

Dump the hot water and coconut shreds in your blender

HOW TO MAKE COCONUT MILK FROM DRIED COCONUT

Depending on your blender, blend for up to a minute. Around 30 seconds, the warm smell of coconut hit me and I knew it was done.

Nice and bubbly

HOW TO MAKE COCONUT MILK FROM DRIED COCONUT

Now strain through your mesh bag into a large bowl

HOW TO MAKE COCONUT MILK FROM DRIED COCONUT

Wring out the extra milk

HOW TO MAKE COCONUT MILK FROM DRIED COCONUT

Pour into a glass resealable container

HOW TO MAKE COCONUT MILK FROM DRIED COCONUT

Voila! We have coconut milk. This is a nice light coconut milk and the cream will rise to the top after it settles

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34 Comments

    • Author
      Kelly Bejelly
      November 15, 2012 at 12:48 am

      Coconut butter is actually the oil and meat blended together which this really isn’t – it’s more of just the fat rising to the top. Coconut butter is crazy good though.

  • November 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    That is super awesome! I may have to give it a try!

  • November 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Okay, this is totally amazing. I LOVE me some coconut milk and you make it look so easy to make it at home. I’m going to do this!

    • Author
      Kelly Bejelly
      November 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      It’s crazy easy and I really prefer it to canned coconut milk 🙂

  • November 15, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I’m lazy. I buy cartons of almond milk 🙂

  • November 15, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I have never actually had coconut milk. It sounds really good though, I should try it.

  • November 16, 2012 at 7:16 am

    awesome, we use a lot of Coconut milk. Is this more cost effective?

  • November 16, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Wow. Who knew?

  • November 16, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Whoa. I have to try this!

  • November 17, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Very cool. Although I would probably never try this because my husband absolutely hates coconut and acts like a baby at the smell of it.

  • November 17, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Very interesting, I never have the patience to make stuff like this LOL.

  • November 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I’ve never tried coconut before.

    • November 17, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      What? Crazy. You should try it 🙂

  • November 17, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    You are so creative. I want to try this.

  • November 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I’ve never had coconut milk. I tried coconut water once and did not like it at all LOL I wonder if I would enjoy this?

  • November 19, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I love that you just completely did this from scratch. You ROCK!! I love coconut milk in smoothies but since I was/am a fat free cows milk gal, I find it too thick for my cereal.

  • November 25, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I agree with you the store bought stuff is really thick. I think I would like this better.

  • February 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I decided to revisit this idea.

  • Wanda
    September 22, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I wish I’d known this when I lived in Puerto Rico and had coconuts available 24/7. I guess I’d better talk to my parents to mail me some shredded coconut. They have so many palm trees on their property that sometimes the coconuts just spoil. Such a shame.

    • September 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Wow, yep, I would definitely ask for some shredded coconut 🙂