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Coconut Milk

Liquid extracted from the meat of the coconut

An essential ingredient in the cooking of almost every tropical Asian country where coconuts grow, coconut milk is used in soups, curries, meat and fish dishes, drinks as well as sweets. Coconut milk is not the liquid contained in the center of the young coconut, but the liquid extracted from shredded coconut flesh. The extracted liquid, called coconut cream, is rather thick and diluted with water to produce coconut milk. Coconut milk is available both frozen and in cans.

Note: When using coconut milk in cooking, be sure to continuously stir the milk, as it can easily curdle. Coconut milk is also high in saturated fat.