Beverage

Fresh Coconut Milk and Cream

fresh coconut milk

 

I love coconut milk, but I don’t like buying coconut milk in cans with BPA linings . I’ve heard that a particular brand uses BPA-free cans, but I haven’t been able to confirm that, and the brand’s website doesn’t say anything about this. So I’ve been looking for another alternative.

Ideally, I would love to just crack open a coconut and make coconut milk from fresh coconut meat. But opening a coconut is easier said than done. I tried it once and the fresh coconut makes a bitter milk if you don’t get all the peel off the meat inside the shell. A lot of work for a not very good result.

But it is easy, inexpensive, and quick to make coconut from unsweetened dried shredded coconut. And it’s fabulous. So delicious! I couldn’t stop drinking it. And if you leave it in the refrigerator, in a few hours it will separate into milk and cream, and you can skim off the cream to make Coconut Whipped Cream. If you don’t want coconut cream separately, just whisk the cream back into the milk.

This coconut milk has some key differences from coconut milk in the can. It’s richer, with more cream. It’s sweeter. It’s not cooked in the can, so it has a fresh taste. It’s inexpensive. It’s about a dollar a cup for the organic coconut at my local natural food store, and you can use your own purified water. Clean water, no can…what could be better?

If you love coconut milk and use it often, try this.

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Ginger Limeade

ginger-lime-ade

Ginger Limeade

 

I’ve been seeing ginger limeade around…on a cooking show…in a rack of fresh juices…When I used to drink soda (a long time ago!) I used to always put a squeeze of lime in my ginger ale.

But my preference now is to always eliminate sugar wherever I can, and so I was very happy to discover I can make a wonderful ginger limeade with no sweetener at all.

One day I was making a recipe that called for the juice of half a lime. I had this other half lime so I just squeezed it into a glass and…ginger limeade!

This is so much fresher and alive than any other ginger limeade, and a great pick-me up. Try it!

Make it fresh to get all the benefits of the lime and ginger.

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