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Bad coconut milk?

Hobbert Dec 5, 2012 06:52 AM

Can anyone tell me what was wrong with a can of coconut milk I used recently? I purchased a can of Goya coconut milk (usually use Thai Kitchen, but Goya was on sale) at the supermarket. The can was intact, no dents, and the expiration was sometime in 2014. When I opened it, I noticed that it had a mealy, grainy texture. I sniffed it and it smelled perfectly fine so I went ahead and used it for curry. I made a very, very basic curry- just red curry paste and the coconut milk and the grainy texture was still there after cooking. We ate it and it's been 4 or 5 days so it was probably ok to consume but I've never seen such an odd texture in coconut milk before. Anyone know what the problem might have been?

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    lyagushka Mar 22, 2013 04:27 AM

    Probably the coconut milk got curdled. Apparently this can happen at very high temperatures. A flawed batch during processing? It would still be fine to consume, just odd looking.

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      cheesecake17 Dec 5, 2012 05:38 PM

      Happened to me once also with Goya brand. I used it in a pumpkin pie and it was not edible

      1. boogiebaby Dec 5, 2012 01:18 PM

        Did you shake it before using?

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        1. re: boogiebaby
          Hobbert Dec 5, 2012 03:19 PM

          Yep, vigorously. I though the graininess would sort of melt away as it cooked but it didn't.

          1. re: Hobbert
            Violatp Dec 5, 2012 03:26 PM

            Sounds like the graininess was actual bits of coconut, maybe?

            1. re: Violatp
              Hobbert Dec 6, 2012 03:04 PM

              That seems like the most likely explanation so far.

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