I’ve been making a lot of my own milks recently and thought I’d share one of my favourites to show people just how easy making your own actually is. Not to mention how much cheaper it is as well, pretty much everyone will have some desiccated coconut in their cupboard for baking purposes and it’s quite cheap to get these days. When you consider how much that entire bag costs and how much milk you can get out of it, it works out to be soooo much cheaper, so if you often feel a bit ripped off buying pre made milks then I highly recommend giving this a go. It’s also great to have the know how incase you find yourself needing plant based milk but don’t have any in the fridge and can’t get to the shops.
Another benefit of homemade is that it’s free from any emulsifiers/thickeners which some people may be allergic to or can’t have due to dietary lifestyles. There are brands out there that make milks without anything added which you can get if you needed to, one of my favourites is the Oatly organic version which is simply, oats, water and a pinch of salt.
What you’ll need
-muslin/cheese cloth (this is a very thin cloth)
The muslin cloth can be got in craft shops, you can get a good long sheet quite cheaply, I got a few meters for 90p!! You just simply wash it and reuse each time.
-Soak 3/4 Tbspn of coconut in approx. 400-450ml warm (but not boiling) water for an hour or two if you have the time, this helps to release some of the fat.
-Once cooled, blend the mix for a minute then strain through the muslin cloth into a bowl and squeeze out any excess liquid which will leave you with dry coconut flesh.
-Pour the liquid into an airtight jar/container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also flavour it if you like by adding a pinch of salt/cinnamon/vanilla etc
-You can also use the leftover coconut on yogurt or in smoothies although it will be drier than usual as most of fat and moisture is now removed