Discover Coconut Milk

Discover Coconut Milk



Discover Coconut Milk
this​ delicious ingredient is​ often mis-understood and​ under utilized .​
Come on​ a​ culinary journey and​ discover Coconut Milk.
I was taught as​ a​ young child that the clear liquid inside the coconut is​ the milk .​
However, I​ and​ many others were told wrong .​
this​ clear liquid is​ in​ fact coconut juice or​ coconut water.
Coconut milk, is​ actually the liquid extracted from the grated flesh of​ a​ mature coconut.
Unlike other nuts coconuts are actually fairly delicate and​ do not have a​ long shelf life .​
this​ is​ especially so after the outer husk is​ removed .​
Because the outer husks are thick and​ difficult for​ consumers to​ remove, they are generally discarded before you​ see the coconut in​ the store.
When purchasing a​ coconut in​ the store, choose one that is​ heavy .​
you​ don’t want one that is​ cracked or​ punctured .​
Give it​ a​ shake to​ be sure you​ are getting one that is​ still full of​ coconut juice .​
Also check that the eyes are not moldy.
Inside the shell, the thick flesh should be a​ pure white color .​
if​ the flesh is​ a​ yellowish color it​ is​ probably too far gone.
if​ you​ squeeze freshly grated coconut through a​ piece of​ muslin, you​ will discover the real coconut milk.
Today, you​ don’t need to​ squeeze your​ own, as​ good quality coconut milk is​ now available in​ the cans and​ cartons .​
you​ can also get coconut cream, which is​ thicker than the milk.
your​ can of​ coconut milk, once opened must be refrigerated .​
It will generally keep for​ a​ couple of​ days .​
But if​ it​ is​ left at​ room temperature it​ will quickly sour and​ spoil .​
Alternatively it​ can be frozen for​ future use.
At extreme high temperature it​ may curdle, so avoid boiling it​ rapidly .​
Make sure you​ stir it​ to​ a​ simmering point.
Coconut is​ very high in​ fat, however you​ can now buy reduced fat varieties .​
Coconut oil contains monolaurins which have been found to​ be very powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and​ antifungal agents.
Coconut milk is​ a​ staple ingredient of​ South-East Asian cooking .​
in​ most western countries coconut milk is​ used in​ curries for​ flavor, in​ hot sauces to​ regulate the heat and​ in​ desserts for​ added richness .​
you​ will also find coconut milk can be used as​ a​ substitute in​ many dishes – sauces; stocks; emulsions such as​ mayonnaise; hollandaise sauces.
Coconut milk is​ also fantastic in​ biscuits and​ cakes, ice-creams and​ confectionery.
Next time a​ recipe asks for​ coconut milk, use it​ with confidence.
Happy Cooking
Lisa The Crock Cook




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