Coconut Milk And Its Uses

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The coconut water is sometimes refer to as the coconut milk. However, this is not so. The water is definitely not the coconut milk. The coconut milk is really the liquid that is extracted from the hardened grated flesh or meat of a mature coconut. To those who just hate cow's milk and any other animal milk, this is the milk for you. Its uses are many and the benefits are just great.


As a child, my grandmother and mother frequently used coconut milk as a culinary ingredient in most dishes that were prepared in our kitchen. Out of the milk, which is boiled for a period of time, we got the coconut oil and after the oil was extracted the rest of it would be used to make a custard, which was always delicious when combined with codfish or salted mackerel. It was always well flavored with culinary herbs such as thyme, eskellion and onions.

It is seen as a staple ingredient in South East Asian cooking. In some countries it is also used in curries. In Jamaica, we use it to make one of our favorite all time dishes which we call 'run down.' A person who is multi-talented is sometimes refer to as coconut milk because that person can fit into any activity and makes it very interesting, even without prior training. Coconut milk can be placed in any food preparation. Its uses are countless.

It is used in ice-cream, cakes, biscuits, confectionery, sauces, rice and peas dish, cornmeal porridge and all other porridge as a matter of fact. It is tastier and healthier to use than other milk.

Although coconut milk can be easily obtained in cans and cartons, I still like to extract my own milk. Then it can be squeezed through a light material, muslin fabric or strained through a very fine strainer. Coconut cream which is thicker, is very much similar to coconut milk. You can also try the coconut nut milk powder that is sold in some stores.

Coconut milk health benefits include vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 as well as B6, selenium, iron, magnesium, calcium and also phosphorus. It is a good substitute for persons who are lactose intolerance. Coconut is high in saturated fats, so moderation is always key and there are coconut products in the market with lowered fats.
The next time you are cooking, just try some coconut milk.

Submitted August 31, 2015


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