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Sep 8, 2012 08:30 AM

Curdled Coconut Milk? Help!!! Please.

I am having people over for lunch in a half hour. I am making a soup that I have made many times before and it usually gets raves. However, today I poured the can of coconut milk in (final step, of course) and the coconut milk separated -- but not in the can as milk and cream as usual but in the soup as if it had curdled. It separated into droplets like bad milk does in coffee.

Is my soup ruined? Do I have to throw the whole thing away? I've never had this happen before.

The brand is Goya, which I don't think I've used before. Many thanks to anyone who can help.

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    1. re: KSlink

      Yes. But is it safe? Could the coconut milk have been bad?

      1. re: lafarrell

        I had this happen recently with coconut milk. Didn't look great but tasted fine.

        1. re: chattahoochee

          Thanks. It makes me feel better that you survived! :-) I just took a taste. It tastes fine. I'll have a bit more before company arrives -- using myself as a test case. If I live, I'll serve it. But I'll keep checking here for any urgent warnings (or advice). Many thanks to all.

    2. canned coconut milk will last for years unopened. sounds like your soup was possibly too hot or too much acid and the fat just separated out. if you want to strain out the solids and blend the liquid it should reincorporate and look just fine.

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      1. re: hotoynoodle

        The coconut milk looked a bit strange in the can and immediately "curdled" or separated, so I don't think it was any reaction to the liquid in the pot. However, the soup started to look better as it simmered (never quite usual though). Anyway, we ate it, it tasted great, and everyone's stomach is fine. Many thanks for all your replies.

      2. It might not help you at the moment, but just watched a recipe on TV in which the chef added some corn starch to two tablespoons of coconut milk and then added to her recipe and she advised she was doing so to ensure that the milk did not separate.

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        1. re: Ruthie789

          Thank you Ruthie. No, it doesn't help now (the soup, in spite of its less-than-appetizing look) got eaten up completely. But I will keep that in mind for the future. Thank you!