I have received many questions about what coconut milk products I use, so I thought I would finally address those questions.
My Favorite Canned Coconut Milk Brand
I have found, by far, that the best brand for canned coconut milk is Thai Kitchen’s Organic Coconut Milk. This coconut milk, when compared to other brands I have bought, is so much more creamy and rich. The reason? They are the only company I have found that doesn’t add water to the coconut milk. So although it is a bit more expensive then the other brands, I figure I am just paying for water with the other ones. If you want to make it stretch a little farther, you can always add water yourself.
We will do this by making coconut milk tonic, or by simply adding around the same amount of water to coconut milk. We use this mixture to add to hot teas, hot chocolate, to make smoothies, and I use it in baked good recipes as well.
See all of that beautiful cream on top of the can? I find that usually 2/3 to 3/4′s of the can is full of this thick and creamy coconut cream. That’s what you want to see when looking for a quality brand. I have heard that you can actually buy just coconut cream, but I have only been able to find sweetened coconut cream.
Where I Buy It
I try to watch for sells at my local health food store, but I usually order coconut milk through Azure Standard, because they have great prices! I save a significant amount ordering through them. Their current price is $18.05 for 12 cans ( their prices do change).
I have been told by some readers that some of the poor quality coconut milks have sulfur dioxide in it, so be aware when buying coconut milk that you should be reading the labels. The only additives to Thai Kitchen’s coconut milk is guar gum and soy lecithin (they don’t have the soy lecithin on the label, but my understanding is that there are small quantities of it in the product, but I may be wrong).
However, one disadvantage to buying canned coconut milk is that, like almost all canned food, there are BPA’s in the lining of the can which can leak into your product. So there are other options, some of which I am looking into for my family.
- Another option that I have used, is Let’s Do….Organic’s Organic Creamed Coconut. This comes in a solid block, which you mix with hot water. It’s a fairly frugal choice and works very well for savory dishes. I don’t find the texture as smooth, however, as canned coconut milk. But it’s an excellent option that is dairy free (the only ingredient is organic coconut). If you can find it at a local store, it will probably be cheaper, but they do sell it here. I should also mention, for those trying to avoid plastic, this is also wrapped in plastic. But once again, it’s not liquid, so it shouldn’t be as much of a problem.
- You can also make your own, but I would recommend that you buy a coconut grater to help you with that task.
- Other readers mentioned buying frozen coconut milk at local Asian stores. This, I am assuming is not an organic choice, but it is supposed to be very cheap. Once again, plastic covered, I am sure (we can’t get away from it in this market!).
- Tropical Traditions has a coconut cream concentrate that they claim you can mix with water to replace coconut milk. I haven’t used it personally, but did try someone else’s. It seemed like it could be very watery and not very rich, but I couldn’t say for sure, because I haven’t tried it personally.
So those are the options I consider good options, but I would love to hear from you all. Do you know of a good brand or option that I have missed? Or have you used some of the options I have listed with good results? Do share with us all.
This post is part of Kitchen Tip Tuesday