When it comes to extracting coconut milk from a fresh coconut, a common misconception is that all you need to do is pierce the black “eyes” on the top of the coconut and the milk will come flowing out. Actually, extracting milk from a coconut takes a little bit more work than just piercing the black “eyes” but the results are worth it! The taste and the flavor of fresh coconut milk from a fresh coconut is amazing. Here are easy step-by-step instructions!
Tools That You Need:
- A medium bowl
- Corkscrew to pierce the eyes
- Sharp implement for cracking the coconut
- A blender or smoothie machine
Drain The Liquid
Pierce the three black eyes at the top of the coconut with a sharp instrument. Drain the watery juice out of the eyes. This is not coconut milk. But we need to keep this watery juice for making the coconut milk. So please don’t discard it.
Open The Coconut
Tap around the middle of the coconut with a sharp instrument to crack it open. (In the photo the non-chopping side of a cleaver is being used). Please be very careful when you are doing this procedure.
Remove The Coconut Meat
Remove the white meat from inside the two halves of the coconut. Taste a small piece of the meat. If it tastes bad, don’t proceed any further. Chop up any pieces of coconut meat that are noticeably larger than others.
Process The Coconut Meat In A Blender
Place half the coconut meat in a blender with half of the coconut juice and 1 cup of hot water (Vary the amount of water to produce thicker or thinner milk). Use high speed to process for 3-5 minutes until the coconut meat turns really fine. Repeat this procedure with the other half of the meat and juice.
Strain The Milk
Place a few layers of cheesecloth over a bowl and strain the milk through the cloth. Lift up the cheesecloth and squeeze the milk out. This is how you extract the coconut milk from a fresh coconut! It takes a bit more work than just opening a tin but both the flavor and freshness are infinitely better and definitely worth all the hard work!