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What's the best brand of coconut milk?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 19, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Hi,

I am located in Belgium and am looking for a good brand of coconut milk that uses minimal additives and preservatives. Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks!

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

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on November 10, 2012
at 03:02 AM

One up for Native Forest, too. It's thicker than Thai Kitchen and crusts a bit after a few days, which I like. I don't find it tastes like metal. It's my favorite brand.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 08, 2012
at 05:54 AM

I bought a nut milk bag on ebay UK a few weeks ago. It works great at straining the creamed coconut. It was much smoother. The bag cleans very easily too, so it's not a hassle.

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

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on February 09, 2012
at 10:10 PM

There are several types from goya. try for the organic one.

A2992e26811dae2af78dd2603769d65b

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on January 05, 2012
at 11:30 AM

Thanks Warren! I was just checking some stuff out on amazon.co.uk and they have some coconut products there which might be worth checking out, also with free shipping to Spain.

A2992e26811dae2af78dd2603769d65b

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on January 05, 2012
at 11:29 AM

Thanks Warren! I was just checking some stuff out on amazon.co.uk and they have some coconut products there which might be worth checking out, also with free shipping to Spain. For more Paleo hacks: http://paleohacks.com/questions/2376/whats-the-best-brand-of-coconut-milk#ixzz1iaAImhzH

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 02, 2012
at 11:50 PM

Raydawg, if I ever come across such a site, I will let you know. My Spanish is not good though so don't hold your breath. I really don't believe that any coconut milk that is thicker than cows milk is only coconut and water, no matter what it says on the can. Eve, the creamed coconut comes as a solid block in a packet and is made by Blue Dragon. We buy it in Suma but I woud have thought other supermarkets have it. It will probably be by the cake mixes or the coconut milk. I'm not that keen on it. It's very bitty as a drink but better than pouring "E" numbers down the neck.

A2992e26811dae2af78dd2603769d65b

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on January 02, 2012
at 05:42 PM

I'm in Spain too. Wondering where you got your creamed coconut from? Is it any good? I've tried to make my own coconut milk to avoid all the bad stuff, but most of the times the coconuts I buy at the store are not in good shape at all.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on January 01, 2012
at 10:20 AM

Interesting how they get away with not listing ingredients that consumers would care to know about in order to avoid health issues. We can be sure if it's done with coconut it's done with almost every product. Would be good to know if there was a website in countries such as Spain, that require full disclosure, which lists all the brands with all the extra hidden ingredients that could be accessible from all over the world.

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on November 23, 2011
at 01:59 PM

Makro has coconut milk from the brand "Jeeny's" with only water added :)

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on August 21, 2011
at 03:09 PM

Aroy D comes in boxes too, minimizing the risk of nasty can chemicals:http://importfood.com/naturalcoconutmilk.html

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on March 22, 2011
at 02:18 AM

that's weird. i thought it tasted fine.

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on March 22, 2011
at 01:19 AM

the trader joes coconut milk also tastes funny.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on March 21, 2011
at 11:34 PM

I actually have been disappointed with the taste. I tried making hot chocolate with it, but it just tasted like metal.

267c3d3be7f74646cfd789a403424b9e

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on March 14, 2011
at 12:59 AM

I've found that Goya tastes the best to me. I did pick up some Whole Food house brand coconut milk on Friday. I'm going to try it and see if it's any better than the Goya.

1dca72035afbe99328711a40f833e616

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on March 13, 2011
at 10:21 PM

I like the idea of that stuff but find it too gritty to use in things like curries.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on March 25, 2010
at 07:26 PM

Koen, toevallig was ik vandaag in die winkel in Leuven en ze hadden het merk dat ik in gedachten had niet meer. Enkel 2 andere soorten, weliswaar bio, maar met guargum en veel toegevoegd water. Colruyt heeft een merk dat geen (of zeer weinig toegevoegd water heeft, maar als ik me niet vergis met enkele bewaarmiddelen (de zogenaamde E's). Origino heeft trouwens wel fantastische (niet goedkope) kokosolie (in bokalen van 1.6 liter). De beste die ik gevonden heb in België. Groetjes

495a0f91bc76fa600a112aaa455a5c02

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on March 25, 2010
at 12:12 PM

Thanks for the tip. There is a shop quite near where I live (Wommelgem). I'll definitely check it out. Fijn om kennis te maken.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on March 21, 2010
at 08:52 AM

Koen, the bioshop 'Origino' has a brand that is good, but I forgot the name. Make sure not to buy the ones with added water. Trouwens, leuk nog een Belg op Paleohacks!

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on March 19, 2010
at 04:39 PM

I use the same brand and agree.

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3eb3f79868b24b3df4450ea2d4f9a5d5

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on March 19, 2010
at 03:43 PM

AROY-D is a good one as it does not contain anything but coconut (and water). Tastes great and is ease to get via eBay: http://cgi.benl.ebay.be/100-THAI-KOKOSMILCH-1-LITER-AROY-D-TETRAPACK_W0QQitemZ120542844488QQcmdZViewItemQQptZS%C3%BC%C3%9Fwaren_Pralinen?hash=item1c10e9d648

You might be able to find a dealer in Belgium.

B1b9f0574aa9571f6aec6adb81d43190

(578)

on March 19, 2010
at 04:39 PM

I use the same brand and agree.

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on March 19, 2010
at 08:32 PM

Just remember, at least here in the states, guar gum isn't necessarily required to be listed on the label (unless that has changed recently). Also, afaik, Thai Kitchens is the only brand that doesn't add water to its product. You can always make your own: bit.ly/a1hPGi

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86e631c6164bfdf4221434e2d38125b3

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on March 13, 2011
at 11:01 PM

I use Goya coconut milk. It doesn't have any of the thickeners or anything. It's very mild (I'm not a huge fan of a strong coconut taste), and works great for me.

267c3d3be7f74646cfd789a403424b9e

(80)

on March 14, 2011
at 12:59 AM

I've found that Goya tastes the best to me. I did pick up some Whole Food house brand coconut milk on Friday. I'm going to try it and see if it's any better than the Goya.

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

(1471)

on February 09, 2012
at 10:10 PM

There are several types from goya. try for the organic one.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 01, 2012
at 10:07 AM

E224 (Potassium metabisulfite) and E412 (Guar gum) are often used but not always listed. Canned Aroy-D contains E224 even though it's not listed on the can. Here in Spain it is listed on a sticker on the top of the Aroy-D can.
I made coconut milk from creamed coconut and it had about as many calories per glass as canned coconut milk does but it was very much thinner than the canned stuff so this suggests to me that every canned coconut milk I have had must contain something more than just coconut and water.

A2992e26811dae2af78dd2603769d65b

(0)

on January 02, 2012
at 05:42 PM

I'm in Spain too. Wondering where you got your creamed coconut from? Is it any good? I've tried to make my own coconut milk to avoid all the bad stuff, but most of the times the coconuts I buy at the store are not in good shape at all.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on January 01, 2012
at 10:20 AM

Interesting how they get away with not listing ingredients that consumers would care to know about in order to avoid health issues. We can be sure if it's done with coconut it's done with almost every product. Would be good to know if there was a website in countries such as Spain, that require full disclosure, which lists all the brands with all the extra hidden ingredients that could be accessible from all over the world.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 02, 2012
at 11:50 PM

Raydawg, if I ever come across such a site, I will let you know. My Spanish is not good though so don't hold your breath. I really don't believe that any coconut milk that is thicker than cows milk is only coconut and water, no matter what it says on the can. Eve, the creamed coconut comes as a solid block in a packet and is made by Blue Dragon. We buy it in Suma but I woud have thought other supermarkets have it. It will probably be by the cake mixes or the coconut milk. I'm not that keen on it. It's very bitty as a drink but better than pouring "E" numbers down the neck.

A2992e26811dae2af78dd2603769d65b

(0)

on January 05, 2012
at 11:29 AM

Thanks Warren! I was just checking some stuff out on amazon.co.uk and they have some coconut products there which might be worth checking out, also with free shipping to Spain. For more Paleo hacks: http://paleohacks.com/questions/2376/whats-the-best-brand-of-coconut-milk#ixzz1iaAImhzH

A2992e26811dae2af78dd2603769d65b

(0)

on January 05, 2012
at 11:30 AM

Thanks Warren! I was just checking some stuff out on amazon.co.uk and they have some coconut products there which might be worth checking out, also with free shipping to Spain.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 08, 2012
at 05:54 AM

I bought a nut milk bag on ebay UK a few weeks ago. It works great at straining the creamed coconut. It was much smoother. The bag cleans very easily too, so it's not a hassle.

1
7255a87872b75e6f691d84dca769b87e

on August 21, 2011
at 01:49 AM

Aroy D is a great one - it has the most calories I've seen out of everything I've tried (store brand, golden star, thai kitchen, taste of thai) as it has more coconut in it. It simply tastes better, richer, because it contains sixty percent coconut. Funnily enough, it doesn't list a stabilizer but I've noticed it doesn't separate as much as other brands. If you can order Aroy D it's what I would recommend.

7255a87872b75e6f691d84dca769b87e

on August 21, 2011
at 03:09 PM

Aroy D comes in boxes too, minimizing the risk of nasty can chemicals:http://importfood.com/naturalcoconutmilk.html

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on March 22, 2011
at 01:02 AM

I just had coconut milk yesterday for the first time ever (i know, i know).

I done had my share of coconut oil and coconut butter (cream), but not the milk.

I bought the SunHarvest Farms brand from Henry's Market that has the guar gum in it. The other brand they had (Thai Kitchen) also had the guar gum. That Aroy-D looks promising too.

I also bought a can of the Trader Joes "light" one, which has none of the pesky additives or preservatives. It tastes pretty good, but it's 65% less fat (replaced by water). You could just drink more of that one. You'll just be paying for a bit of water. At least it's a 99 cents option that has only 2 ingredients, coconut milk and water. It still has some of the coconut fat.

Another option is to make it the way Tropical Traditions shows in their video by putting shredded coconut and water in the blender and then pressing the milk out.

Anyway coconut milk is very delicious and I will be using it regularly now :)

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on March 22, 2011
at 02:18 AM

that's weird. i thought it tasted fine.

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on March 22, 2011
at 01:19 AM

the trader joes coconut milk also tastes funny.

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on March 21, 2011
at 11:31 PM

Native Forest ...definitely the best if you can find it....they don't use that funky can additive...and it tastes great!

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7304)

on March 21, 2011
at 11:34 PM

I actually have been disappointed with the taste. I tried making hot chocolate with it, but it just tasted like metal.

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on November 10, 2012
at 03:02 AM

One up for Native Forest, too. It's thicker than Thai Kitchen and crusts a bit after a few days, which I like. I don't find it tastes like metal. It's my favorite brand.

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89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on March 21, 2010
at 01:47 PM

Koen, the bio-shop 'Origino' has a brand that is good, but I forgot the name. Make sure not to buy the ones with added water. Trouwens, leuk nog een Belg op Paleohacks!

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on March 25, 2010
at 07:26 PM

Koen, toevallig was ik vandaag in die winkel in Leuven en ze hadden het merk dat ik in gedachten had niet meer. Enkel 2 andere soorten, weliswaar bio, maar met guargum en veel toegevoegd water. Colruyt heeft een merk dat geen (of zeer weinig toegevoegd water heeft, maar als ik me niet vergis met enkele bewaarmiddelen (de zogenaamde E's). Origino heeft trouwens wel fantastische (niet goedkope) kokosolie (in bokalen van 1.6 liter). De beste die ik gevonden heb in België. Groetjes

495a0f91bc76fa600a112aaa455a5c02

(15)

on March 25, 2010
at 12:12 PM

Thanks for the tip. There is a shop quite near where I live (Wommelgem). I'll definitely check it out. Fijn om kennis te maken.

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on March 19, 2010
at 01:56 PM

I just use the Whole Foods brand, also Thai Kitchen is one I see around a bunch -- but those are both stateside, also each has guar gum, which is a gluten-free thickening/stabilizing agent (this article was a source of some info: http://www.articledashboard.com/Article/What-are-Xanthan---guar-gum---why-are-they-Gluten-food-replacements--considering-their-side-effects-/920701, not sure how reliable the source is)

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on November 10, 2012
at 01:51 AM

Nothing beats Thai Kitchen Organics. We score it in Toronto for 1.80 a can and when we buy a case (usually stock up on 5-10 cases at a time) we get another 10 cents off per can!!

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on November 09, 2012
at 06:26 PM

I have found that cartons have more additives than cans. I buy Thai Kitchen brand. Not sure if it is available across the pond. This post was really helpful to me as well:

How To Shop For Coconut Milk.

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A2992e26811dae2af78dd2603769d65b

on January 05, 2012
at 11:27 AM

Thanks Warren! I was just checking some stuff out on amazon.co.uk and they have some coconut products there which might be worth checking out, also with free shipping to Spain.

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on October 18, 2011
at 07:40 PM

Aroy-D is good.

There is a big Chinese grocery store in Brussels Kam Yuen Supermarket; Rue de la Vierge Noire 2-4, 1000 Brussel. They have a huge selection of different kinds.

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on October 18, 2011
at 07:03 PM

I liked Savoy "cream" when I was a user. It also says no additives, except for a preservative potassium blugurglamatoscintillate (a chemical derivative of discombobulotilloscecarocine), and there's nothing gummy about the texture, so I doubt if any unlisted Guam gum is in it.

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on October 18, 2011
at 06:50 PM

The only supermarket that I found that has coconut milk with only water added (according to the packaging), is Delhaize. The brand is Santa Maria and it costs €6-7/l.

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on June 26, 2011
at 06:44 PM

The shop bioplanet.be sells coconut oil. They have several stores in flanders. You should try it out, they sell loads of organic stuff.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 13, 2011
at 08:42 PM

Another item I like to have on hand is "Let's do Organic" creamed coconut. It contains only 100% organic coconut. It is unsweetened with no gums or preservatives. You spoon out as much as you need and add hot water to desired thickness. I use it for most cooking applications, perhaps less for drinking straight. I also like the idea that if I only need a tiny bit of coconut milk I can make just the amount I need, rather than open a large can. Oh, and it comes packaged very differently- in a bag inside of a box. In many asian stores they have frozen coconut milk as well.

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on March 13, 2011
at 10:21 PM

I like the idea of that stuff but find it too gritty to use in things like curries.

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