Coconut milk in BPA-free packaging?
Anyone happen to know where in the Boston/Cambridge/Somerville area to buy coconut milk in BPA-free packaging?
I'm looking for coconut milk for cooking with. Not the milk-substitute kind they make for pouring in cereal.
Checked Whole Foods, TJ's, Harvest and they all have BPA-lined cans. Also checked my local Asian and Indian markets with the same results.
According to my research some brands that have no BPA in their packaging are:
Thanks in advance if you happen to know!
Brazilian coconut milk is distributed in glass bottles and tetra-pak style (lined) containers. The Somerville and Chelsea Market Baskets, as well as Brazilian butchers and markets like Casa de Carnes Solucao. DuCoco is the brand which is distributed in the paper containers, but also glass, and it has a greenish color. The other common brand is red and white and I can't remember the maker offhand. Brazilian brands are fairly well emulsified, although will separate with heat, dunno if additives are used or anything about the lining of the paper packaging. At MB look first with the Brazilian and Portuguese products, but occasionally they put it with the Goya coconut milk (canned) in Somerville.
The Arroyo-D brand has excellent tetra pak coconut milk and coconut cream. AFAIK tetra pak's don't use BPA.
Most of the Asian groceries in town should carry it. I know for sure that Kam Man in Quincy has it.
The tetra pak product has the added advantage of not having emulsifiers or other additives, tastes better and cooks better. But be aware, like fresh coconut milk/cream, it does separate, which is desirable in Thai and other SEA cooking, but might not be in your application.
Oh yeah. I should have mentioned that TJ's does have BPA-free cans of coconut milk but it's "light" which is too watery.
I'm looking to use it in smoothies. Just got myself a Vitamix! Oh, and there's a really nice chocolate pudding I make sometimes which is just chilled coconut milk, cocoa powder and a little honey all blended together. So good and it's low in sugar.
here's my recipe for chocolate pudding with coconut milk. my default is tj's light, but i recently tried full fat and it was positively decadent.
1 14-ounce can coconut milk
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons sugar
4 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla
stir enough of the coconut milk into the cocoa powder to make a slurry. put the remaining coconut milk in a saucepan, add the sugar and salt, then heat until bubbles form. lower the heat, then whisk in the cocoa mixture. add the chopped chocolate and stir until melted. take off heat and add vanilla. refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
the pudding will appear thin, but thickens in the fridge.