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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Hi all!!!

I purchased a can of coconut milk for a cake recipe that I found on this site. However, when I open the can it is not like milk at all, more like paste. Is that the way it is supose to be???

Hazel
post #2 of 23
when i used it it was more like condensed milk consistancey if that helps at all it was thick but not like paste.
hope this helps.
post #3 of 23
My mom is for the Carribean and cooks with coconut milk constantly and i'm pretty sure its not a thick consistency. She still does the old school way and pops a couple holes on top of can and pours the liquid into her pot or etc. Hope this helps
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post #4 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I guess it is back to the store!
post #5 of 23
Is the entire can the paste consistency? I've had cans where the top 1/2-1 inch is very thick/creamy, but under that it's very thin. I'm not sure how old these must be, but they always taste fine!
post #6 of 23
I hope this information helps:

Chaokoh Coconut Milk:
This Thai-produced coconut milk has a thick, puddinglike consistency; you scoop it out of the can rather than pour it.

There are two grades of coconut milk: thick and thin. Thick coconut cream is prepared by directly squeezing grated coconut meat through a cheesecloth. The squeezed coconut meat is then soaked in warm water and squeezed a second or third time for thin coconut milk. The difference between coconut cream and coconut milk is that coconut milk is of a 'pourable' consistency whereas coconut cream has an almost 'spreadable' consistency.

One last thing, coconut cream is not the same as cream of coconut. icon_smile.gif.
post #7 of 23
Are you sure you didn't buy Cream of Coconut instead of Coconut Milk? There is definitely a big difference.
post #8 of 23
Thread Starter 
AHHHHHHH! The picture is becoming more clear.

There is a separation of the thick paste (pudding texture) in the bottom of the can it is thinner. ( I didn't check before) But all in all still very thick.

It is labeled coconut milk and it is THAI. It even says premium first pressing. (Which, until now, I did not know what that meant.)

I think part of my confusion was that I thought the liquid you get when you crack the coconut open was the coconut milk. So that is what I was expecting. (Obviously, I don't use coconut products very often! icon_biggrin.gif And then it always comes in a bag with BAKERS on the front. )

Thank you all so much!!!!!!

Hazel
post #9 of 23
Thank you for starting this thread, MBHazel! thumbs_up.gif I learned something myself. dunce.gif

And I, thinking I knew it all, was just positive that I knew what I was talking about. icon_confused.gifdunce.gif

The truth is, I have only used cream of coconut. icon_redface.gif

I also thought that coconut milk was the liquid that comes out of the coconut right after you crack it open. icon_rolleyes.gif Mea Culpa!! icon_redface.gif

I guess that's what I get for thinking. icon_lol.gificon_rolleyes.gif This will make me think twice about posting something that I'm not 100% sure about. tapedshut.gifdunce.gif

And thank you, GatuPR, for the lesson. thumbs_up.gif

I'm sorry, MBHazel. Are we still CC friends?

LadyMike icon_smile.gif
post #10 of 23
Thread Starter 
Hi LadyMike! You bet, the best of CC friends!

Actually, I went back to check the can to make sure it didn't say cream! Your comment was right, there is a difference. Even more than I thought! icon_biggrin.gif

Now all we need to know is what is that stuff that you pour out of the coconut called? Juice???? Then we will be coconut experts!!!!

Talk to you soon,

Hazel
post #11 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by jer702

She still does the old school way and pops a couple holes on top of can ...


Ok, I must be old then .... is there another way to open a can of milk? icon_confused.gif
post #12 of 23
Don't feel bad, MBHazel and LadyMike. About 6 years ago, I bought 4 cans of coconut cream at a Publix thinking they were cream of coconut icon_confused.gif for $0.97 ea. I thought what a bargain. I went home and opened one and knew it was not the same. That's when I did a search and found the difference between them.

You're right, MBHazel, the water inside a young coconut is called coconut water or juice.

If you want, you can make your own coconut milk by using a bag of unsweetened shredded coconut and hot (not boiling) water. Let it sit for 5 minutes and put it in a blender and let it cool a little and then through a sieve or cheesecloth and squeeze the liquid out. It will only last a day or two in the fridge.

LadyMike, do you buy the cream of coconut to make Piña Coladas?

MBHazel, did you make the cake?
post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 
Hi GatuPR !

Yes I made the cake. By Tuesday I will have to go and buy bigger jeans. icon_cry.gif

Thanks everyone for your help!

Hazel
post #14 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by GatuPR

Don't feel bad, MBHazel and LadyMike. About 6 years ago, I bought 4 cans of coconut cream at a Publix thinking they were cream of coconut icon_confused.gif for $0.97 ea. I thought what a bargain. I went home and opened one and knew it was not the same. That's when I did a search and found the difference between them.

You're right, MBHazel, the water inside a young coconut is called coconut water or juice.

If you want, you can make your own coconut milk by using a bag of unsweetened shredded coconut and hot (not boiling) water. Let it sit for 5 minutes and put it in a blender and let it cool a little and then through a sieve or cheesecloth and squeeze the liquid out. It will only last a day or two in the fridge.

LadyMike, do you buy the cream of coconut to make Piña Coladas?

MBHazel, did you make the cake?





No, MBHazel, my DH loves coconut so I keep it on hand as well as the 'real' thing. You never know when the opportunity will arise to use it. icon_rolleyes.gif Although, I have been known to make up some really good "virgin" Pina Coladas (medications prevent us from imbibing). icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif Thanks to all who educated us. thumbs_up.gif I can say I learned a lot about coconut 'fluids'. icon_lol.gificon_confused.gificon_lol.gif

By the way, thanks Hazel for letting me off the hook. Don't you just love our CC family of friends?!?!?! icon_biggrin.gif

LadyMike icon_smile.gif
post #15 of 23
I always shake cans of coconut milk really good before opening so that the contents are blended together good so I can pour it straight from the can onto my cake.
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