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Canned coconut milk?

meleyna Feb 9, 2009 04:25 PM

Does this ever go bad? I was cleaning out the pantry and I found a can waaaaaay in the back. It probably is years old. I can't find an expiration date anywhere on it. Is it safe or no? Should i just open it and take a whiff?

  1. lynnlato Feb 10, 2009 04:06 AM

    I had the same thing happen recently. Found a can in the back of the cupboard that was maybe 2 yrs old. I used it in a curried beef stew and it was fine - and we are fine. :))

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    1. re: lynnlato
      cheesecake17 Feb 10, 2009 06:34 AM

      Curried beef stew- that sounds great! Do you have a recipe?

      1. re: cheesecake17
        conchchowder Aug 16, 2011 04:19 PM

        Thanks! Years later and still helping fellow Chowhounds out. The link was perfect! 2007 coconut milk used in 2011.

        Coconut milk
        Sambal olek
        cream of coconut
        sweet peppers

    2. MikeG Feb 10, 2009 03:18 AM

      It goes rancid eventually, even in the can. Won't kill you but rancid fats are supposed to be "bad" and it doesn't taste very good, even for canned coconut milk...

      1. m
        meleyna Feb 9, 2009 06:12 PM

        I just opened it and it seems fine. Thanks!

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        1. re: meleyna
          alkapal Feb 10, 2009 03:48 AM

          how did it taste? rancid or metallic? i know that "metallic" flavor...

        2. m
          MazDee Feb 9, 2009 06:07 PM

          It's probably safe if the can isn't bulging, but I would taste before using in a recipe. Sometimes I think I get a metallic taste from food too long on the shelf.

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            Gillcer Feb 9, 2009 05:08 PM

            From a safety perspective, it looks like you should be fine, as long as the can is not damaged:


            1. BratleFoodie Feb 9, 2009 04:40 PM

              Unless the can is popping with botulism I think it should be fine. If it smells like coconut, go for it -- just boil it!

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