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Fresh (not canned) coconut milk in Vancouver or area?

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mjsmilloy Jan 15, 2011 10:25 AM

Hi all -- I'm looking for fresh coconut milk (the liquid extracted from the meat, not the liquid that resides in the fruit's hollow) for sale in Vancouver or area. The canned stuff, being pasteurized, can't be separated and, anyway, can't hold a candle to fresh in terms of taste. I've looked in the usual places (Granville Island, Whole Paycheque, T&T, Chinatown, etc.) but haven't seen any. Thanks!

  1. Sam Salmon Jan 15, 2011 10:47 AM

    I've only seen it frozen.

    1. j
      jcolvin Jan 15, 2011 03:57 PM

      AFAIK nobody produces fresh coconut milk in BC. I imagine the cost is prohibitive once you include shipping of whole coconut to BC.

      You could try making your own, but frozen milk is available in a number of locations (south china seas for one), and is pretty good.

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      1. re: jcolvin
        fmed Jan 15, 2011 11:08 PM

        Another option is to purchase frozen pregrated coconut meat and squeeze your own. (Available at T&T, Donalds Market, and a bunch of other places.)

      2. b
        betterthanbourdain Jan 17, 2011 02:04 PM

        i have seen the whole coconuts that you would use to grind the flesh and squeze the coconut milk from pulp be fore. however i have never seen the grinding machine to grind the flesh from the coconut shell. i have only bought coconuts from stores that grind the pulp for you in Asia. but have never grinded it at home. you just take home the grated coconut and add some water and squeze the milk out of it,
        can you explain what your intentions are? fwiw i totally agree about fresh vs can/dried. but with can's if you chill it, you can scoop out the harder chunks and not use the liqiud.

        1. j
          jcolvin Jan 17, 2011 03:18 PM

          The interweb suggests that you can use a good juicer to turn raw coconut flesh into coconut cream. You could then extract the resulting pulp with hot water to get a light milk, and mix the two together to get whatever consistency you want.

          Or do the following: http://www.coconut-connections.com/co...

          I've no idea how much cream/milk you'd get from a single coconut though.

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