What are your recommendations for thick coconut cream or milk? I feel like as soon as I start to love a brand, it becomes extremely low quality.
I used to buy Native Forest coconut milk in the cans and skim off the cream and use that in tea. The last couple of batches I bought (about 6 months ago) were very liquid-y and never solidified, even at refrigerator temperatures, so I looked at reviews and comments online. I decided to try Aroy-D coconut cream.
I bought a small order to see how it was, and it was great! Thick and creamy, all the way through. No need to skim off the cream like with the Native Forest. Then I made a bigger order, and it was pretty severely separated--in the refrigerator, coconut oil solidified on top, and there was coconut flavored water on the bottom. I complained to Amazon customer service, and they replaced the order for free. As far as I can tell so far, the second order is even worse! No coconut oil, just coconut flavored water.
I'm sick of this! What should I try instead?
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I make my own coconut milk, it always separates. Coconut milk that doesn't separate often uses a stabilizer or has been strained to the point of not having much oil (or your home is warm enough to keep everything liquid) It's fairly easy to make your own and then you can always be assured of consistent quality.
Coconut milk recipe: 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut 3 cup boiling/almost boiling water
Put shredded coconut into blender or food processor. Add 1 cup hot water. Stir together manually or use a quick pulse on blender or food processor. Let sit for 10 minutes. Run food processor or blender for 1 minute. Strain through paint straining bag (easy to find at a hardware store for fairly cheap) into a bowl or wide-mouthed jar. Squeeze bag to remove as much liquid as possible.
Repeat steps above with the same shredded coconut that you've already strained two more times.
Refrigerate or freeze and enjoy your consistent perfection.
Do you have any Asians markets near you?
I found some coconut milk in the frozen food case at an Asian market near me. It came in a plastic bag and the only ingredient was coconut milk and no other additives. It was 2.19 for this item. See photo of this item in link below.
It's strange, I've bought many bottles of Aroy-D and always stays well mixed, a feat I love because I also find it pretty inconvenient to have it separate.
A tip: my fridge is known to not work very well, doesn't freeze a lot. May it be the difference? Maybe you could try another small order of Aroy-D and lower the temp if the freezer is able to, and see if it gets better, maybe there's a temperature point when it makes a difference for the splitting thing.