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Best ways to use coconut milk?

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Created May 24, 2010 at 2:57 AM

I have half a dozen cans of coconut milk sitting in my pantry, and I need to think of ways to use more of it on a day to day basis! I like the taste, and it's great in curries or similar meals, but I wish I had more options. Can y'all suggest some new, different things to do with it?

I've tried drinking it straight, but while I like the taste, in large quantities it starts tasting...weird. Dunno why, but I don't like it.

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on March 01, 2012
at 03:52 AM

The whole "honey helps with allergies" is unsupported by any medical studies. At best, you may develop a decreased sensitivity if you regularly consume raw, local honey over a several months to years. Here's one study where it performed on par with the placebo: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11868925 This article supports the "no peer-reviewed studies" but posits a potential desensitization: http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/allergies/allergy-treatments/local-honey-for-allergies2.htm

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on January 07, 2012
at 05:41 PM

Honey can help with allergies, but that comes with the conditions that it has to be raw and local to get the benefits.

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on July 20, 2011
at 05:52 PM

+1 for totally delicious. I add a bit of fish sauce and some squeezes of lime.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 20, 2011
at 05:50 PM

I like it just plain over frozen berries of any kind, maybe a few almond slivers on top.

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on April 25, 2011
at 06:51 PM

Laren, you are right. A little bit of honey sometimes is great.

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on January 31, 2011
at 06:16 AM

I use unsalted curry powder from Spice Hunter. I keep some around at home and at work.

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on January 28, 2011
at 06:30 PM

That sounds really interesting, Laura. Any particular kind of curry powder you're using?

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on June 03, 2010
at 08:46 PM

@Tim That sounds good. I'll give it a try. Thanks!

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on June 03, 2010
at 08:45 PM

@ahh Sometimes I chill it enough that it solidifies partially. It totally depends on what I feel like. Some days, I like it very liquidy, and others I like it thicker. Experiment and see what you enjoy.

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on May 25, 2010
at 03:59 AM

Laren - I agree - a little local honey is not over the top and is suppose to help with allergies.

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on May 25, 2010
at 02:46 AM

Anything that's mostly paleo and uses dairy, I call primal.

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on May 24, 2010
at 05:18 PM

Quiche is basically an egg, milk/cream and cheese base. I use coconut milk instead of regular milk, add whatever meat and vegies I have on hand, and cook it in a cast iron skillet as you would a frittata, top with cheese when the bottom has set and finish under a broiler. The texture is more quiche-like. My family likes the crust on quiche though, so sometimes I'll top with almond flour, butter and cheese for a crusty top.

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on May 24, 2010
at 02:15 PM

Tell more about coconut crustless quiche please :D

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on May 24, 2010
at 01:42 PM

I don't think a bit of honey is out of order. You guys get a bit silly about it. It's not like a bit of honey will cause you to pass out and require an ambulance!

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on May 24, 2010
at 12:38 PM

A good snack just pouring whipped coconut milk over coconut flakes, nuts, and frozen berries, is a pretty fast and good option to ice cream, too!

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on May 24, 2010
at 12:36 PM

I've not used it as salad dressing, but I usually pour a couple cans into a container and whip 'em up with a mixer. Then chill. It makes the milk creamy smooth and a little thicker.

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on May 24, 2010
at 11:12 AM

I do that sans honey, still good, less roller coaster

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on May 24, 2010
at 07:11 AM

Is the idea to chill it enough to make it solidify?

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on May 24, 2010
at 07:11 AM

That's a bit sugary for paleo.

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F643ceedde9bbf290f31fc2f814100ed

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on May 24, 2010
at 06:56 AM

Ice cream: Frozen blueberries Coconut milk Raw Honey Cinnamon

Mix in a blender, should freeze up into ice cream.

Delicious.

64c41a128b1865f595f9891bb9f13982

(40)

on May 25, 2010
at 03:59 AM

Laren - I agree - a little local honey is not over the top and is suppose to help with allergies.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on May 24, 2010
at 11:12 AM

I do that sans honey, still good, less roller coaster

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

(4583)

on May 24, 2010
at 12:38 PM

A good snack just pouring whipped coconut milk over coconut flakes, nuts, and frozen berries, is a pretty fast and good option to ice cream, too!

F643ceedde9bbf290f31fc2f814100ed

(486)

on May 24, 2010
at 01:42 PM

I don't think a bit of honey is out of order. You guys get a bit silly about it. It's not like a bit of honey will cause you to pass out and require an ambulance!

187657ec9b2b8b32730f68c5602698af

(129)

on May 24, 2010
at 07:11 AM

That's a bit sugary for paleo.

E463925643fb45b5a5eda041e9f8adba

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on April 25, 2011
at 06:51 PM

Laren, you are right. A little bit of honey sometimes is great.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 20, 2011
at 05:50 PM

I like it just plain over frozen berries of any kind, maybe a few almond slivers on top.

Medium avatar

(2923)

on January 07, 2012
at 05:41 PM

Honey can help with allergies, but that comes with the conditions that it has to be raw and local to get the benefits.

3bad4b0b105bf44d7650e7fdfbe15cbd

(860)

on March 01, 2012
at 03:52 AM

The whole "honey helps with allergies" is unsupported by any medical studies. At best, you may develop a decreased sensitivity if you regularly consume raw, local honey over a several months to years. Here's one study where it performed on par with the placebo: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11868925 This article supports the "no peer-reviewed studies" but posits a potential desensitization: http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/allergies/allergy-treatments/local-honey-for-allergies2.htm

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on June 06, 2011
at 11:54 PM

I freeze it in ice cube trays and just take a few out and throw them into stuff. A few cubes with a bag of frozen spinach and a pinch of spice is delicious and super fast and easy.

I will throw some cubes in with fresh fruit that's about to go bad with a little stevia to make an ice cream in the Magic Bullet.

Makes great chocolate truffles...uh, so I've heard.

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on January 07, 2012
at 04:46 PM

-Poaching chicken tenders or breasts in it leaves them incredibly moist and tasty.

  • I made a chocolate ganache for a pie- heat a can on the stove top, pour over unsweetened chocolate, mix well (i added some stevia) and refrigerate over an almond meal crust for an incredibly rich dessert.

-cook eggs in it

-add to soups to make them really creamy. a thai sweet potato would be good.

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on May 25, 2010
at 12:58 AM

Make a Thai curry. Get a can of green or yellow thai curry paste. Saute whatever meat you want, or fish, or shrimp, or just about anything in coconut oil. Dump the curry paste into the pan, stir, let it get hot and aromatic. Lower heat, add 1 can coconut milk, stir, simmer a bit, add whatever veg you want, and eat it. Thai curry is completely unlike Indian curry and the prep is incredibly flexible and it's a great way to use up oddbits of leftover meat/veg.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 20, 2011
at 05:52 PM

+1 for totally delicious. I add a bit of fish sauce and some squeezes of lime.

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A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on May 25, 2010
at 12:20 AM

Coconut Milk Chocolate Pudding

  • 1 14 oz can of TJ's coconut milk (or coconut cream)
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp powdered stevia (or another sweetener or your choice to taste)

Mix chilled coconut milk and cocoa powder well with a hand mixer. Add vanilla and stevia. Mix well. Chill in fridge until set. Enjoy.

&

Primal Alfredo Sauce

  • 1 14 oz can of TJ's coconut milk (or coconut cream)
  • pepper to taste
  • parmesan to taste
  • garlic to taste

Heat coconut milk over medium-low heat in sauce pan, stirring constantly. When thoroughly heated, add other ingredients to taste. Stir well. Enjoy!

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on May 25, 2010
at 02:46 AM

Anything that's mostly paleo and uses dairy, I call primal.

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Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

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on May 24, 2010
at 03:07 AM

Use it as a sub for cream in your coffee

Use it for protein shakes and smoothies (if you drink those)

Pour it over frozen berries

Add it to eggs to make crustless quiches

use it to make creamed soups

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on May 24, 2010
at 02:15 PM

Tell more about coconut crustless quiche please :D

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on May 24, 2010
at 05:18 PM

Quiche is basically an egg, milk/cream and cheese base. I use coconut milk instead of regular milk, add whatever meat and vegies I have on hand, and cook it in a cast iron skillet as you would a frittata, top with cheese when the bottom has set and finish under a broiler. The texture is more quiche-like. My family likes the crust on quiche though, so sometimes I'll top with almond flour, butter and cheese for a crusty top.

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7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on January 07, 2012
at 04:48 PM

My favorite treat...2 squares dark chocolate and decaf Celestial Seasonings Chai with a few drops of Stevia and half a cup of coconut milk.

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Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on June 06, 2011
at 11:57 PM

I like using it to poach salmon or shrimp. You can also cook bananas in it to create a nice dessert. I like to top it with macadamias and cinnamon.

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on March 01, 2012
at 01:40 AM

Mail it to me!

Seriously though, Thai curries are fantastic and easy. Using it in soups or smoothies is delicious. But my personal favorite is to make chai tea or hot chocolate with it.

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on July 20, 2011
at 06:33 PM

My preferred methods:

  1. Shake can vigorously. Open can with Pampered Chef smooth-edge can opener so there are no sharp edges. Drink happily.

  2. Shake can. Open can with can opener. Stir well to ensure there are no lumps. Put lid back on can (yes, you can do this if you use the smooth edge can opener) and stick can in fridge for several hours. It'll turn into a smooth, creamy concoction. Locate a spoon. Eat happily.

Adding blueberries or blackberries to the chilled version works too.

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on July 20, 2011
at 05:56 PM

Put it in your coffee.

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on July 20, 2011
at 05:44 PM

Cut an apple into little cubes (skin included, no middle), add 2-3 teaspoons of coconut milk, and mix it well. Incredibly tasty.

Martín.

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on June 07, 2011
at 12:33 AM

mix 5 egg yolks with about half a can of coconut milk and microwave (or use pressure cooker/steamer if you have one) for 2-3 minutes -- quick breakfast, low protein, and quite tasty.

mix coconut milk with unsweetened cocoa powder, sea salt, and some macadamia nuts, freeze it for 20-30 minutes. great snack.

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on June 06, 2011
at 11:24 PM

I just put a table spoon or two of full fat coconut milk over a cup of berries with nutmeg and a teaspoon of vanilla. It was so good and I'm full. A great dessert!

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B4313b18cc03036a6147543d7b0872d6

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on May 24, 2010
at 07:25 PM

I mix in curry powder, shake, and then dilute with an equal amount of hot water for my breakfast beverage. Tasty stuff.

B4313b18cc03036a6147543d7b0872d6

(566)

on January 31, 2011
at 06:16 AM

I use unsalted curry powder from Spice Hunter. I keep some around at home and at work.

Medium avatar

(310)

on January 28, 2011
at 06:30 PM

That sounds really interesting, Laura. Any particular kind of curry powder you're using?

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on May 24, 2010
at 11:10 AM

I mixed it with Kefir, Coconut Kefir is delicious. A little cinnamon tastes Good in it And a good soup base as well.

I've found a large taste variance by brand, I only buy the organic versions without sulfur dioxide treatment now, because of taste

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49de4cd2f26705785cbef2b15a9df7aa

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on May 24, 2010
at 03:21 AM

I love making a salad with it:

  • baby spinach
  • berries
  • nuts
  • chilled coconut milk

Also, it's quite refreshing to drink straight up. I recommend drinking it in small amounts to start with, because larger amounts often upset peoples' stomachs.

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

(4583)

on May 24, 2010
at 12:36 PM

I've not used it as salad dressing, but I usually pour a couple cans into a container and whip 'em up with a mixer. Then chill. It makes the milk creamy smooth and a little thicker.

49de4cd2f26705785cbef2b15a9df7aa

(840)

on June 03, 2010
at 08:46 PM

@Tim That sounds good. I'll give it a try. Thanks!

187657ec9b2b8b32730f68c5602698af

(129)

on May 24, 2010
at 07:11 AM

Is the idea to chill it enough to make it solidify?

49de4cd2f26705785cbef2b15a9df7aa

(840)

on June 03, 2010
at 08:45 PM

@ahh Sometimes I chill it enough that it solidifies partially. It totally depends on what I feel like. Some days, I like it very liquidy, and others I like it thicker. Experiment and see what you enjoy.

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