I used to buy cans of thick and creamy coconut milk which are BPA free and guar gum free but are also quite expensive. I was using a full can of coconut milk for each batch of my recipe for carob avocado mousse so the cost added up quickly. That is, it gets expensive fast if you make this mousse as frequently as I do … hmm … that means that I must eat a lot of mousse … yum!
I am ALL about saving money, we have eleven grandchildren, what can I say? Some might call me frugal or thrifty but you could also call me someone who cares about the environment (minimizing packaging) and about getting back to basics and about not wasting money. It is all in how you look at it.
Using AIP coconut milk in recipes
When a recipe calls for canned coconut milk you can use a combination of AIP coconut milk and AIP coconut butter to yield a final product that will mimic the consistency of a good thick canned coconut milk at a fraction of the cost. You might have to experiment a bit to get the right consistency.
Now, what to do with the pulp left over after making AIP coconut milk? The answer is: dehydrate it and make your own coconut flour (I will post a how to soon). This gives you a double whammy in terms of saving money.
Food to Heal Ourselves
This creamy and delicious coconut milk is easy and inexpensive and doesn't contain guar gum.
10 minPrep Time
10 minTotal Time
2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
4 cups boiled water
1/8 teaspoon salt
Put coconut in a high speed blender.
Add boiling water. MAKE SURE THAT THE LID IS ON SECURELY.
Bring the blender up to high speed slowly so that you don't splash boiling water on yourself or all over the counter.
Process on high for four minutes.
Let mixture cool and then pour through a strainer with a tight mesh. Strain again if desired using a sieve with a super tight mesh.
1.Cheesecloth can be used to strain cooled coconut milk. I have used this method but I found it a bit messy and it seemed to take quite a while for the milk to strain through the cheesecloth. This time I used a strainer that had a fairly tight mesh and it didn't take very long to strain through, the milk was pulp free and the pulp was quite dry.
2.Once you take the coconut milk out of the fridge if it has separated you may need to warm it up a bit and/or shake to mix it in well.
If you have other tips or recipes for DIY pantry staples I would love to hear about them!