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Feb 18, 2014 07:23 PM

Coconut Water For Raw/Vegan Meals - All The Same?

The thought crossed my mind that maybe some of the stuff listed online is meant for drinking (perhaps they have higher sugar content?) and some created specifically for meals? Or are they all the same?

After some research on here, I was thinking about picking up some from this brand:

Lots of good reviews, too. Is this good enough to use for vegan sauces and dishes and what not?

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  1. Some have added sugars and thickeners just like the canned coconut cream. I just found my first recipe that uses coconut water. It has such little flavour I don't think its used much in cooking unless it something that you would eat or drink raw and really just want the nutrients from. I like blue monkey.

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    1. re: daislander

      That's pretty expensive stuff. Anything a bit more cost-effective you (or anyone else) can recommend that doesn't have any added sugar or preservatives?

      1. re: SpencerTracy

        my costco actually sells blue monkey and works out to 1.99 a tall tin.

    2. There are sooooo many different coconut waters out there now!

      That said the one you linked to is really good- i'm really picky about which ones i like and that is one that i like to drink just as is. I've also used for smoothies but not any other cooking or recipes.

      I also really liked this one:

      1. After doing some calculating, it turns out they're pretty much all very similar in price. I guess I'll just go with the Nirvana one for now. I'll try the Blue Monkey after that, too.

        Anyway, I appreciate the help, guys. Thanks a lot.

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        1. re: SpencerTracy

          Let us know how it works in your recipes! Maybe you have some great creative uses for it :)

          1. re: Ttrockwood

            I'm just following a few sauce recipes I found in some book I bought ages ago. I've made one before and it's delicious - you should check it out. It's in RAWvolution by Matt Amsden. The recipe is called Creamy Dill Sauce.

        2. I don't think that canned product you linked is actually raw ( IE not heat treated). Harmless Harvest is raw coconut water. Not sure what other brands are.

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          1. re: rasputina

            Thanks again, ras. How do you know it's not raw, though?

            Also, anyone know the shelf life on unopened canned coconut water? I'm thinking it's pretty safe to assume that if it does eventually go bad, it won't go as quickly (4-5 days) as opened coconut water. But I'm still curious: does it actually go bad? Or just stale?

            1. re: SpencerTracy

              It's in a can, most canned products are heat treated. Unless it says it's raw I'd assume it's been pasteurized.

              1. re: rasputina

                Ah, I see. I didn't know that. I'll just go with the Harmless Harvest then.

          2. Why not just buy a young coconut and use the unadulterated coconut water from it, direct from the source? No additives!

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            1. re: Billy33

              I'll may do that from time to time, but for the most part, I think buying bottles is the way to go. For me, anyway.

              I mean I can store 12 bottles of the Harmless Harvest in the fridge, but I'd either have to find storage for 12 (or more) coconuts somewhere in my kitchen in order to have a similar amount of juice on hand or I'd have to buy a couple and make a trip to the grocery store every time I needed more.

              I mean it's not that big a deal either way, but the bottled stuff is raw, has no additives, saves me time both in buying and preparing and saves room, as well, so for now it seems to be a good alternative.