Leche de Coco Fresca ~ Fresh Coconut Milk

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Leche de Coco Fresca is a Puerto Rician recipe for Fresh Coconut Milk. This recipe can be made with sweetened shredded coconut. If you use a real coconut you will get the sweet coconut water out of the middle of the coconut to serve as your sweetener. A good rule of thumb to remember is that 1 coconut will make 2 cups of Fresh Coconut Milk.

The Versatile World of the Coconut

Coconut Water is the sweet nectar that comes inside every coconut. Typically it is extracted from young coconuts about 6–7 months of age, though it’s also found in mature fruit. A young coconut will yield about 1 cup of coconut water and a mature coconut will only provide about 1/4 cup. However, on a young coconut, the meat is much thinner and is not as sweet. In contrast, mature coconuts are sweeter and have more coconut meat.

Coconut Milk is made from the grated coconut meat and coconut water of mature coconuts. It is milky in color and sweet and can be store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days after making.

Cream of Coconut, not to be confused with Coconut Cream, is made from Coconut Milk. Instead of keeping the coconut milk mixed, it is allowed to sit in the refrigerator for 12 hours to separate. The water settles to the bottom and the cream floats to the top. The cream is then scooped out and the water disposed of.

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Coconut Cream, not to be confused with Cream of Coconut, is made with grated coconut meat, coconut water, and heavy cream or whole milk. Basically, you add a dairy product to the coconut milk you just made, mix well and it makes Coconut Cream.

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Leche de Coco Fresca ~ Fresh Coconut Milk

Leche de Coco Fresca is a Puerto Rician recipe for Fresh Coconut Milk. A good rule of thumb to remember is that 1 coconut will make 2 cups of Fresh Coconut Milk.
Course Condiment
Cuisine Puerto Rican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 586kcal
Author Mike Gonzalez

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh coconut or 3½ cups of sweet shredded coconut
  • cups water

Instructions

  • Cover a large, deep bowl with thick gauze, cheesecloth, or a clean kitchen towel and set aside.
  • Open the coconuts. Pour the water into a container and set it aside. Separate the peel from the pulp. Cut the pulp into small pieces and place it in a blender along with the coconut water and a little of the water.
  • At high speed, mash the coconut. Add the rest of the water. The idea is to get a liquid mixture that you can strain.
  • Pour the coconut water mixture over the cheesecloth-covered container. Pick up the edges of the cheesecloth and begin to squeeze the mixture to get as much milk as possible. Squeeze vigorously until the coconut residue is almost dry.

Notes

  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days after making for the best flavor and texture.
  • Since there are no preservatives or fillers, the “cream” of the coconut milk may separate to the top if stored in the fridge. Just shake or stir before using.

Nutrition

Calories: 586kcal

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