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What are Young Thai Coconuts?

  • The meat in a young coconut is softer and more gelatinous than a mature coconut, so much so, that it is sometimes known as coconut jelly.

Where and how to buy a Young Thai Coconut:

  • You can find these coconuts in Asian grocery stores, WholeFoods and now I am even seeing them in some Safeway stores.
  • I have ordered frozen young Thai coconut flesh and water from Exotic Superfoods and LOVE it!   No more guessing if the coconut is fresh, or how much flesh or liquid you will get from it.
  • Look for coconuts that don’t have any cracks in the bottom of the nut.
  • Avoid any bluish or purplish coloring on the bottom of a coconut.

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Ingredients to make coconut milk or cream:

  • 2 young Thai coconuts (if each coconut doesn’t provide at least 1 cup of meat you might need to use more coconuts)
  • Enough water to cover the coconuts in the blender and 2 inches above
  • Special note *to make 1 cup of heavy cream, blend 3 cups of young Thai coconuts in the blender without any liquid, until it becomes thick and creamy.

Preparation:

  1. Scoop the meat out of the young coconuts and place in a blender
  2. Add the water – you could use part water and part coconut water, enough to cover the meat by 2 inches.
  3. Blend on high for at least a minute until perfectly smooth.
  4. Store in a glass jar and use within 3-4 days.

*Tastes great with your green drinks, sauces, dressings,  smoothies, tea, frozen as a Popsicle, or used in raw desserts.

In these photos I am trying to demonstrate the consistency of coconut cream.  As you drizzle the cream it should
create a small puddle, somewhat building upon itself.  Kind of hard to explain but I hope that made sense.

 

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How to store your coconuts:

  • Refrigerate them in the coldest section of the fridge.
  • These organic young coconuts will last about seven to 10 days if kept in the coldest part of your fridge. You can also scoop out all the meat and water, blend it up and freeze it for later use.

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Amazing facts on Coconut Water from Bruce Fife

  • Coconut water has its own unique health benefits completely separate from coconut oil. Coconut water is essentially fat-free, so its health benefits are not associated with medium-chain fatty acids, like they are with coconut oil. Its benefits come from a combination of vitamins, ionic minerals, amino acids, enzymes, plant hormones, antioxidants and other phytonutrients.
  • You may have heard that coconut water has been used for intravenous (IV) therapy. This is 100 percent true. I’ve gathered dozens of studies from around the world documenting this fact and describe some amazing stories where coconut water IVs have saved lives when commercial IV solution has failed. Studies from the Philippines, Thailand, India, Uganda, Nigeria, Indonesia, New Zealand, Britain and the United States have confirmed the effectiveness of IV coconut water. The simplest way to use coconut for IV therapy is to insert a needle into the soft “eye” of the coconut. Tubing from this needle goes directly to another needle which is inserted into the vein of the patient. The coconut water goes straight from an unopened coconut into the bloodstream of the patient.
  • Coconut water is so compatible with the human body it is now being marketed as a “natural” sports rehydration beverage. As a rehydration beverage it is FAR superior to Gatorade and other commercial sports drinks.
  • The benefits don’t stop there. Coconut water helps dissolve kidney stones, protects against cancer, helps balance blood sugar, provides a source of ionic trace minerals, improves digestion, feeds friendly gut bacteria, helps relieve constipation, reduces risk of heart disease, improves blood circulation, lowers high blood pressure, improves blood cholesterol levels, helps prevent arteriosclerosis, enhances immune function, and possesses some remarkable anti-aging properties (certain components of coconut water are now being incorporated into anti-wrinkle face creams).

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23 thoughts on “Coconut Milk / Cream

  1. kate says:

    I don’t know if my fridge is special, or what, BUT, I have had Thai coconuts in my fridge for about 3 months, and when I open them up, they are perfect. Amazing. I’m just finishing up a case that I bought about 6 weeks ago, and they are fine. So, they last WAY longer than
    10 days. k

  2. Pilar says:

    Hello Amie Sue!
    Would then a heavy coconut cream be comparable to coconut butter? If not, what would it be the difference?
    Thank you :-)

    • amie-sue says:

      Morning Pilar,
      No, they are not really comparable. Coconut butter is VERY thick, like a nut butter except it gets even more firm in a cooler environment. The texture is also different, more fibrous than a coconut cream.

  3. Soila Lagard says:

    Great post. I was checking continuously this blog and I am impressed! Very helpful information specifically the last part :) I care for such information a lot. I was looking for this particular information for a long time. Thank you and best of luck.

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Soila. I am glad that you find the site helpful! Keep checking back. I add new posts weekly. Have a great weekend. amie sue

  4. Barbara says:

    Hi, Amie I really appreciate your recipes I am 75% raw, I am a vegan. I would like to know do I have use raw coconut in Cheese cake Im too far fr. farmers market. want to make for Christmas for my fam….

    Thanks

  5. zoe swain says:

    Hi there, I love your site and recipes. Wondering where I can get more info on dissolving kidney stones with coconut water..? My friend has them and has asked me to help her heal herself naturally. Thanks so much in advancce

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Zoe… I would just recommend researching on-line through Google. A wealth of information is at your fingertips through that. If I come across something, I will let you know. amie sue

  6. Dana says:

    Thank you for all of the wonderful information. Making the transformation slowly and this kind of info helps. Much Love!

  7. Tamra says:

    This is such an informative blog site! Everything in one place! I’ve been “studying” all night here. Thank you immensely! I hope to make the Tiramisu recipe with Irish Moss for my son’s 20th bday next week! Sounds amazing! Blessings!

  8. BJ Kochendorfer says:

    I have a question about Coconut Creme. Do you always make yours, or do you ever purchase it? I found some on Tropical Traditions. wwww.tropicaltraditions.com If you have a chance to look, would you let me know if that is what I am looking for or if you do purchase, where?
    Thanks so much.
    BJ

  9. Michelle Tadian says:

    Hi Amie-sue

    How do I make the coconut cream from a can of organic coconut milk. (do I refrigerate the can and then when it hardens, remove and add sweetener?)

    Michelle

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Michelle,

      To make the cream from the can, you use the full fat version. Chill a can in the fridge overnight. This will cause a separation of liquid and a thick thick cream. When ready to use, gently turn the can over (don’t shake it) and remove the lid with a can opener. Pour the liquid into a cup and use in a smoothie or something. You will be left with a thick cream that you scoop out. That is the part you use. You can beet it with an electric mixer and make a nice fluffy “frosting” with it. You can add your choice of sweeteners, vanilla, etc. I hope this helps. amie sue

  10. Sarah says:

    Wow, I’m just loving this web site. I just introduced raw food 3 weeks ago and this has been the best and most informative site. I look forward to looking though more of the pages. Thank you

    • amie-sue says:

      Welcome Sarah. It is so nice to hear from you. I hope that you continue to find inspiration throughout my site and never hesitate to ask questions should they pop up. I do my best to help. Many blessings and Merry Christmas. amie sue

  11. andrew says:

    I love your site!

    Do you make coconut flakes unsweetened from scratch? I have been buying mine from the store but I was wondering if you made yours yourself with the dehydrator and some mature coconut combination?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Andrew, I haven’t made my own dried coconut flakes yet. One day I will but so far I have been just buying them. :)

  12. mayeli says:

    Hello such, what happens if I make coconut milk 7 days before?

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