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Coconut milk problems

basilandthyme's picture

Has anyone ever experienced a  problem with coconut milk? I have on several occasions bought coconut milk that smelled really awful. I've tried several different brands at different times and for some unexplained reason it just did not seem right. Just last night I had 2 cans of coconut  milk, different brands, and they tasted awful. However, just last week I had a can and it was nice and creamy (of course I can't remember the brand). This really has me puzzled. Can anyone shed some light?


Many thanks

Gretchen50's picture

No, I haven't. I assume you (post #71116, reply #1 of 11)

No, I haven't. I assume you shook them up very well--it is thick and settles.

basilandthyme's picture

coconut milk (post #71116, reply #2 of 11)

Yes I shook the cans well and the liquid inside was not creamy at all. Just tried another brand this morning and although the smell was better it was still quite watery. I'm really baffled.


Gretchen50's picture

Are you by any chance getting (post #71116, reply #3 of 11)

Are you by any chance getting coconut WATER and not coconut milk or cream?  I don't know that I've ever even seen it sold, but that is what this is sounding like. I would take it back to the market.  AND is is coconut milk LITE. That is more watery than coconut milk because it is just diluted milk (for the same price).

basilandthyme's picture

coconut milk (post #71116, reply #4 of 11)

Thank you for replying. It definitely says coconut milk on the can and not water. Maybe I should look for a can that says coconut cream instead of milk as you suggested.


many thanks.

Gretchen50's picture

No, I think there is (post #71116, reply #5 of 11)

No, I think there is something wrong with what you are getting. What brand are you getting. There's a discussion of this on the board where all the regulars from this board went, and some specificl brands were suggested, and that the Thai Kitchen brand is notably bad. Coconut cream is different.  Is yours "lite".

kitchengoddess's picture

Brand (post #71116, reply #6 of 11)

I like to use Mae Ploy brand.  I have never had a problem with it.

Dashx's picture

I've had that happen a couple (post #71116, reply #7 of 11)

I've had that happen a couple times.

 I use Chaokoh brand.  It's very thick and creamy.  I also freeze it in 1/4 cup increments. 

I have also used the Mae ploy brand that kitchengoddess mentioned, but cannot get it regularly.  The two are the most similar of all the brands I've tried.

kitchengoddess's picture

OOHH (post #71116, reply #8 of 11)

I never thought of freezing it, that is such a great idea! I love the stuff but sometimes when a recipe calls for a small amount and I don't want to use it right away on something else it is hard to justify tossing it.

Does it thaw well?

Gretchen10's picture

Thaws fine. Freeze it flat in (post #71116, reply #9 of 11)

Thaws fine. Freeze it flat in a plastic bag and break off what you need, although I mostly need the whole thing.

Pielove's picture

coconut milk (post #71116, reply #10 of 11)

I use Chakoh brand too.  Has anyone else tried the Thai Curry recipe formulator in the latest issue?  It's really good, speaking of needing the whole can of coconut milk.


Dashx's picture

It freezes and thaws fine.  I (post #71116, reply #11 of 11)

It freezes and thaws fine.  I put it up in 1/4 cup increments, in a zip-lock bag, since that works best for the recipes I use.  I make peanut sauce often.  The peanut sauce freezes well, too.  After many times making sauce and not using it all, I experimented (nothing to loose!).