About Coconut Milk | Malta
In previous years, most people had very limited experience with coconut milk in Europe and in Malta, as it is not a fruit naturally grown here, so the milk is not processed locally either. However, with the rising popularity of Asian and Indian cuisines, we’re now seeing a lot more coconut milk availability at local supermarkets!
If you’ve had an Indian or Thai curry, you’ve probably tasted coconut milk – as it is their traditional ‘milk’.
Coconut milk is produced by grating coconut fresh (the white part) and soaking in hot water. The coconut cream then rises to the top and can be skimmed off (similar to dairy milk and cream). The remaining liquid is then passed through a cheesecloth or nut cloth, and a white liquid is extracted – this is the coconut milk. The more times the process is repeated, the thinner the coconut milk becomes, similar to ‘skim’ milk, as the fatty content is removed.
I’m allergic to nuts – is coconut a nut:
No. Coconuts are sometimes confused for nuts, but they are actually fruits from the palm tree!
Why use coconut milk:
Coconuts are sometimes considered a superfood, and for good reason! Nearly every part of the fruit is edible and highly nutritious. Coconut milk is sometimes seen as a food to eat in moderation because of its fat content, but the type of fat contained in coconuts is in the form of medium chain saturated fatty acids, particularly Lauric Acid. Lauric Acid is converted by your body into monolaurin, which is an antiviral and antibacterial that fights off a wide variety of disease causing organisms – meaning that consumption of coconut milk may help protect you from infections and viruses (something to keep in mind during winter flu season).
Unlike other saturated fats, medium chain saturated fatty acids are used up rapidly by the body and metabolized into energy, instead of being stored as fat – making them more heart healthy as well.
Besides the beneficial affects of Lauric Acid, coconut milk also contains a host of vitamins and minerals, including: Vitamin B1, B3, B5, B6, C, and E, as well as iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium!
For those who are lactose-intolerant, there’s another benefit – coconut milk is lactose free! Since more and more people are turning away from dairy, your local supermarket should also be stocking coconut milk in the UHT milk aisle with almond milk, rice milk, and soy milk. This type of milk is mixed with water to be more suitable for drinking, as opposed to the thick creamy milk used for cooking.
When cooking with coconut milk, there is the benefit of its creamy flavor, and its ability to withstand heat during cooking and not curdle, besides just it’s unique taste and texture. If you are not a huge fan of the taste of fresh coconut milk, you’ll be pleased to know that it becomes a lot more subtle when cooked and blends in perfectly with the other flavors.
Can I buy fresh coconut milk:
Whilst you cannot buy fresh coconut milk in Malta (or anywhere in Europe really), it is available as a canned good for the Asian/Indian food aisles. There you will find both small and large cans with light coconut milk and full fat coconut milk – which you would choose depending on what you’re using it for! Coconut milk for drinking can also be found in the UHT milk aisles with soy, rice and almond milk!
If you are sensitive to BPA found in cans, or would simply like to make your own fresh homemade coconut milk, it’s quite a simple process.
Note: Coconut milk (even from cans) should only be kept for 3 – 4 days before it starts to lose taste/texture and go rancid.
How to make fresh coconut milk:
- Heat water until hot but not boiled.
- Add unsweetened shredded coconut (can be found in the nuts and dried fruits aisle) and hot water into a blender.
- Blend on the highest setting for several minutes until thick and creamy.
- Pour through a colander to filter out the large pieces of coconut pulp, then pass through a cheesecloth to filter out the smaller particles.
- Drink immediately or store in the fridge. If storing in the fridge, remember to only keep for a maximum of 3 – 4 days for best flavor and texture. Coconut milk can also be frozen for later usage!
For interesting recipes that use coconut milk, click any of the links below:
- 21 Ways to Use a Can of Coconut Milk
- Coconut milk recipes from the BBC
- Vegetarian and vegan creative coconut milk recipes
- Main dishes, desserts and smoothies made with coconut milk
Where to buy Coconut Milk in Malta
You can buy coconut milk at Park Towers Supermarkets in St Julian’s and St Venera. Park Towers not only stocks coconut milk specifically for cooking (found in the aisle’s with Asian and Indian cuisine), but also stocks long life coconut milk that is an excellent substitute for dairy milk.
Coconut milk suitable for drinking, adding to tea, etc, has been diluted with water to reach a more milk like consistency, whereas coconut milk for cooking is a thicker, creamier product.
Park Towers Supermarkets | St Venera | San Giljan Malta
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