With its slightly sweet taste and luxurious consistency, you may be surprised to know that coconut milk is actually made in a way that is surprisingly similar to standard dairy milk – just minus the cows! White coconut meat is grated before being soaked in hot water, causing the coconut cream to rise to the top. After this, the remaining liquid is squeezed through a cheesecloth to extract a white liquid – this is coconut milk! Depending on how many times this process is repeated, the milk can be thinner (best used in curries and soups) or thicker (for desserts and rich sauces).
Coconut milk is packed with all the vitamins and antioxidants found in coconuts, and in moderation, can form part of a healthy diet! It’s lactose free, so is a great dairy substitute that works great in vegan or dairy-free recipes. Just like other coconut products, coconut milk is incredibly versatile and can be used in various dishes, both sweet and savoury!