Full Fat Coconut Milk Separated

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 21, 2012 at 2:19 PM

I have recently switched to full fat coconut milk in a can. When I open the cans, the milk has separated into "cream" and "water". I know I can shake or stir to combine, but I was wondering about something. I love the "cream", unmixed, in my coffee... It's sinful. I don't want to waste the "water" though. It's slightly milky, and I haven't tasted it yet.

Does anyone have any ideas for how to use the watery part?

EDIT: I assume it's not the same as coconut water, since it's slightly milky and cloudy. Is this correct?




on April 21, 2012
at 11:28 PM

i also find the colder the can the more the separation, so if you put the can in the fridge the coconut cream will become more solid.



on April 21, 2012
at 11:23 PM

some coconut milks and creams have added water, so if water is listed as an ingredient, then it is just water. do with it what you want, mix it up, throw it away, drink it

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on April 21, 2012
at 11:13 PM

The "water" is basically very-low-fat coconut milk. Use it accordingly: curry, smoothies, desserts, whatever you like.



on April 21, 2012
at 11:10 PM

decant the water/milk off the top of the can into a container and drink like coconut water (I use it instead of gatorade etc... and its pretty tasty), then save the cream for your coffee, easy as!

just be careful not too keep it too long once opened, i left an empty drink bottle in my gym bag which had a 1:3 mix of the milky water to H2O, and it didn't smell very nice when i found it 3-4 days later, i suggest maybe drinking it within 2-3 days of being opened and kept in the fridge, rather then a bag in a car haha


on April 21, 2012
at 03:36 PM

I put it in Vega shakes, or mix it with the leftover guts from my juicer, or just drink it straight up after a workout.



on April 21, 2012
at 02:40 PM

Drink it! Or use it to make curries and such with :)



on April 21, 2012
at 11:31 PM

A common practice in Thai cuisine is to boil meat and vegetables with it. A smoothie is probably the easiest way to get rid of it though. You could also add it to a soup made with coconut milk to make it thinner.

The product you have is not made from coconut water. It is made from shredded coconut meat, mixed with water, and is then squeezed through a filter.

There is not much consensus on what the water you have left is called. In some places it's actually what is called coconut milk, but commercial producers have come up with their own definitions, I guess.

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