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Where to buy non fat coconut milk?

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  • ZoeZ Mar 22, 2008 10:41 PM

Mme Zoe and I are successfully losing pounds (more than 10 each so far since January) on WeightWatchers but need to find a source for non fat coconut milk in WLA if possible.

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  1. I've honestly *never* seen that in stores. You might have to make your own by steeping coconut in nonfat milk. Or add coconut extract itself to nonfat milk -- but most coconut extracts have pretty poor flavour.
    Me, I use Light Coconut milk from Trader Joe's. I love it. Maybe try using half of that, half skim milk to make it really lowfat?

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    1. re: khh1138

      I was gonna suggest the half-ing it, but using half coconut light and half fat-free half-and-half.

      I'd call Gelson's as well.

    2. Not sure if they have it but you might want to try Mitsuwa Market - on Venice Blvd (also one downtown).

      1. If you put the can in the fridge to further solidify the fat, opened can and removed the solid fat, I'm thinking the resulting liquid would be pretty low fat. Have never seen non-fat c-milk in town only the "lite" brands.

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        1. re: torty

          I have done that, and it works...in the sense that you get rid of the fat. The resulting dishes are edible, but you definitely know what you're missing.

          Congrats on having lost your weight - we've done pretty well in that line ourselves, though by different routes: Mrs. O is doing an evening "Boot Camp" fitness course, while I simply spent two weeks having a horrible version of the flu. Worked, though. Anyway, throughout all of this, we have maintained an awareness that Into every life a little fat must fall - you just have to decide what kind it will be. 2% milk instead of the ghastly Skim, a few pieces of well-blotted bacon on Sunday, but watch the carbs and don't get silly with the Earth Balance or the mayonnaise. In your case, I think I would choose a dish that uses not a whole lot of coconut milk, use the whole-fat version, and don't eat too damn much of it. Just a suggestion.

          1. re: Will Owen

            i'm with will!

        2. Yeah, the closest I've seen is the "light" version at Trader Joe's. I've bought it; it's good. I agree that skimming the solidified fat off the top would work to further reduce the fat content. However, the result would be more like a coconut water; without the fat, it's really not "milk" anymore. And as far as the suggestions RE: mixing coconut milk with skim milk or half and half are concerned... are you people SERIOUS? Really??? FYI: Coconut milk is not really milk. It does not come from an animal. It is just the juice of a coconut. Mixing it with cow's milk would turn it into something completely different--and, in my opinion, disgusting. My Pacific Islander blood curdles just thinking about it.

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          1. re: recovering_vegetarian

            coconut milk is the liquid obtained from water applied to coconut solids. the liquid inside a coconut is "coconut water".
            see, e.g., http://www.coconut-connections.com/co...

            i love coconut milk in dishes; the mouth feel is so rich, too! maybe coconut is my favorite nut.

          2. I'm not sure that's possible and I know I wouldn't want the additives needed to make that palatable. As far as I know, even light coconut milk is simply full fat coconut milk cut with water. You can certainly drop the fat content by skimming the coconut cream off the top, although I'm not certain that there is much fat that rises to the top in Lite Coconut Milk. The refridgerator technique laid out below will probably be hit or miss. I've tried it with some cans, (actually, to try to speed up the separation so I could use the cream and not the mik) and the entire can became a solid mass.

            You're best bet will probably be to dilute Lite Coconut Milk with water or some stock or maybe even soy milk if it's for a dessert. You'll miss the strong cocount flavor and it will have some fat. Let us know what you do.

            1. one more idea... worth the experiment... what if you were to take skim milk, or non fat half and half, and simmer it over low heat w/ coconut meat, to make a coconut stock of sorts of your own.

              otherwise, if you do take the route of thinning lite coconut milk w/ skim milk or FF half and half, you might also add a bit of coconut extract to reenhance the coconut flavor.

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              1. re: Emme

                coconut extract --- doesn't it have a fake-y flavor?
                also, the coconut "stock" will extract the coconut fat as well. leads one back to same problem -- how to get the fat out.

                1. re: alkapal

                  yeah i had that thought, but i wonder if it wouldn't congeal to the top, to be skimmed off? i'm merely throwing thoughts out here... a little coconut extract isn't too fakey IMO, but i think that also depends up your tastebuds.

                2. re: Emme

                  I've made nasi lemak (coconut rice) using coconut extract and chicken stock - it definitely tastes good, but you don't get the mouthfeel that one would normally get from using regular coconut milk. By-the-by, more and more folks in tropical Asia are now trying to replace coconut milk with dairy products, thinking that this is a good thing to do. In terms of any health benefits, I think the jury is still out on this one in terms of the trade-offs. But I'm with Will as well - you just need to be selective and don't deny yourself too much. The OP may want to read up some on lauric acid - the major fatty acid found in coconuts - and then decide if it's really worth driving oneself nuts over searching for this unicorn...

                3. Just bought low fat coconut milk from Whole Foods under their 365 label - will report back. MmeZoe and I split an 8oz pork chop bone in from WH last night - superior meat and served it with mushrooms, bok choy and spaghetti squash with a scoop of veg.spaghetti sauce. The squash truly looks like spaghetti when plated and in my mind, thats what I ate - spaghetti.

                  1. This might sound weird, but I have successfully used Coconut Creme-flavored Coffee-Mate (liquid) in lieu of coconut milk. It is very low in fat and has no saturated fat. I think it works well as a substitute for coconut milk in Thai curries. You just have to remember that it's sweeter than using regular coconut milk, so don't add any extra sweeteners to the mix (if using curry pastes I usually add a bit more to offset the sweetness of the creamer). Would be curious though to see how the low fat coconut milk from WF works! Even better if it tastes as good as the real thing.

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