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Cheap Coconut Milk

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Created November 23, 2011 at 1:07 AM

Looking for a place/places to get coconut milk on the cheap - I live in NC so keep that in mind, online is also an option. Thanks!

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on July 24, 2012
at 03:53 AM

1.50 a can!? Coconut milk here is almost always between 2.50-4.00! Ugh.

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

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on March 28, 2012
at 02:14 AM

Hmm, okay. I don't use coconut milk too often but when I do I usually want it to be thick like the canned stuff. Thanks for the advice! :)

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on March 27, 2012
at 04:27 AM

Where in NC are you from? I shop in Charlotte, NC and have found that Trader Joes is a good option. Harris Teeter is SO overpriced! I'd try some asian markets too. :)

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on March 27, 2012
at 04:10 AM

I buy the Trader Joe coconut also! I like it better than what Whole Foods offers and costs more at $1.50/can and can be lumpy.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

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on March 26, 2012
at 08:19 PM

In my experience, there's a balance point - you want to extract as much as possible without overly diluting it. Obviously, adding more water is going to make it thinner, but I haven't found it to be significantly thicker with less water. Authentic recipes I've found seem to indicate that homemade coconut milk is just going to be thinner than the canned stuff.

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

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on March 26, 2012
at 05:51 PM

Me too. 12 pack of Native Forest.

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

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on March 26, 2012
at 12:12 PM

Do you think, if I wanted it to be thicker, that I could perhaps just use less water to make it? For instance, if I soaked it in one cup of water, then only added 1 additional cup when blending? Thanks for the tips, though - very handy!

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on November 24, 2011
at 02:20 AM

I'm a fan of not going overboard on coconut products to begin with, which isn't a popular option around these parts.

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on November 24, 2011
at 01:13 AM

Touche! Good point and well taken

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on November 23, 2011
at 04:07 AM

Or the calories. It really doesn't even taste all that great. Why not get the good stuff?

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306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

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on November 23, 2011
at 01:30 AM

The absolute cheapest option is to make your own from unsweetened shredded coconut.

I soak one cup of shredded coconut in a cup of water for several hours, then blend, adding two more cups of water in the process. Pour through a strainer (or cloth, or whatever).

Adjust amounts of water based on your preference and brand of coconut. I find that this method makes something that works well for most uses, but it isn't nearly as thick as canned coconut milk (I'm not certain you can get it that thick at home without boiling to condense it), so I still use canned if I'm doing something that needs the thicker consistency (ice cream, etc), or if I get lazy.

The leftover pulp can be dried and ground further if desired (I use a food processor) to make coconut flour, to be even more frugal.

It's also additive-free, BPA-free, and you can use organic shredded coconut and still make it for cheaper than the cheapest canned coconut milk.

But if you're looking for canned coconut milk, Walmart's Golden Star brand tastes decent and has no additives (emulsifiers, preservatives, whiteners, flavoring), though I'm sure it's not organic and the cans are BPA-lined... but the same is true for all but the most expensive coconut milk.

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

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on March 26, 2012
at 12:12 PM

Do you think, if I wanted it to be thicker, that I could perhaps just use less water to make it? For instance, if I soaked it in one cup of water, then only added 1 additional cup when blending? Thanks for the tips, though - very handy!

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

(1061)

on March 28, 2012
at 02:14 AM

Hmm, okay. I don't use coconut milk too often but when I do I usually want it to be thick like the canned stuff. Thanks for the advice! :)

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on March 26, 2012
at 08:19 PM

In my experience, there's a balance point - you want to extract as much as possible without overly diluting it. Obviously, adding more water is going to make it thinner, but I haven't found it to be significantly thicker with less water. Authentic recipes I've found seem to indicate that homemade coconut milk is just going to be thinner than the canned stuff.

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on November 23, 2011
at 03:24 AM

coconut milk is just watered down coconut cream. i just buy the cream & water it down myself.

how much you water it down will depend on the cream you buy & personal preference.
the cans of cream i buy (which are the same price as the cans of milk in the same brand) are roughly 18% fat (18g/100ml).
& i turn one 400ml can of cream into 2 Litres of milk (equiv 5 x 400ml cans of milk), saving me the cost of 4 cans of milk. nice.

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on November 23, 2011
at 01:00 PM

I live 1.5 hours from the nearest Whole Foods, but when I go, I stock up on their store brand cans. Organic, and I think a little over $1.50 a can.

UPDATE My local Wal Mart carries a brand called Golden Star- it's just coconut milk & water, tastes great, and is under $1.50!

Cf4e7d927a48582cc22adbe59bfd0b2d

(753)

on July 24, 2012
at 03:53 AM

1.50 a can!? Coconut milk here is almost always between 2.50-4.00! Ugh.

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29b5da4bf662cd35c5a512d804d11589

on November 23, 2011
at 02:10 AM

Do you have a Trader Joes where you live? I buy mine there and the cans are only $1. I've made my own coconut milk in the past, but I really don't see the savings. Its cheaper both in cost and in time to just by TJ's cans.

4886d3390cb1de913ecc198e72cc072c

on March 27, 2012
at 04:10 AM

I buy the Trader Joe coconut also! I like it better than what Whole Foods offers and costs more at $1.50/can and can be lumpy.

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4d6aa1a676240b15dc569ff8ade0500f

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on March 26, 2012
at 12:32 PM

aroy-d has an awesome coconut cream that has nothing but 100% coconut! and since it doesn't come in cans you don't have to worry about the whole BPA problem. it looks like you can buy a 33oz. carton it on amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Aroy-D-Coconut-Cream-100%25-Pure/dp/B0074A3WXG/ref=sr_1_1?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1332764971&sr=1-1. in my neighborhood, i can buy this at an indian grocer even cheaper for $4.99. if you have any ethnic grocers, it might be worth checking out!

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on November 23, 2011
at 04:08 PM

Quality over quantity. Buy a good brand you personally like. There's no need to be consuming so much that price becomes an issue.

Bb4b4a43f76db4977a3b63721a7c10e7

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on November 24, 2011
at 01:13 AM

Touche! Good point and well taken

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on November 24, 2011
at 02:20 AM

I'm a fan of not going overboard on coconut products to begin with, which isn't a popular option around these parts.

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on November 23, 2011
at 12:56 PM

I'm on a budget - I get mine on Amazon.

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on March 26, 2012
at 05:51 PM

Me too. 12 pack of Native Forest.

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2ea35813cb0d9bacb68090bc520fcf32

on November 23, 2011
at 02:26 AM

Friends, TJ's brand is light, which means they add water to it. It's honestly not worth your money.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on November 23, 2011
at 04:07 AM

Or the calories. It really doesn't even taste all that great. Why not get the good stuff?

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13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

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on November 23, 2011
at 02:06 AM

This is not the cheapest coconut milk available, but the best price I've found on organic coconut milk in BPA-free cans is through Azure Standard. You can check their website to see if there is a drop point near you.

If that's not an option or you don't care whether it is organic and/or BPA-free, Asian grocery stores usually have the best price.

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D12142c8cafb16d9af10b3362cb8fb62

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on November 23, 2011
at 01:29 AM

I don't know where NC is; I'm assuming the USA so I can't comment specifics but in the UK I found the cheapest (and additive free) coconut milk in Asian stores, I guess try the same.

Oh, I think Trader Joes light is additive free too.

Or you could make your own. :-)

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on July 24, 2012
at 03:48 AM

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on March 27, 2012
at 05:16 AM

Vitacost.com has native forest organic coconut milk at a great price and bonus - it's a BPA free can.

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on March 26, 2012
at 11:08 PM

Check out your local Asian grocers. I buy by the case and get a wholesale discount.

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:25 AM

[NOT Touche but douche instead] great matt; u start thread with need for "cheap" & "in NC" but then go contrary at the end here (including to yerself pardner/pilgrim, whatever "parts" u be skidadilin' from...lol) to all who are responding nicely to your call for help. go figure. SC tops NC any day of the week....go gamecocks!

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