When I was a little girl growing up in Massachusetts, one of my favorite memories was making coconut beans and rice with my grandma. It was an old family recipe from Jamaica that was made during the holidays. When we were making it, the wonderfully sweet smell of fresh coconut filled the house. I can remember sitting at the kitchen table with a cheese grater grating the coconut meat by hand and placing it on cheese cloth. I can also remember the stern look I got from her when she caught me sneaking a piece to nibble on. It was my dad’s job to “milk” the coconut. The cheese cloth containing the shredded coconut was tied and placed in a pot of boiling water for 20 minutes then squeezed and measured. My dad was the only one tough enough to handle the job. All of this took lots of time but the final dish was like no other. It was a labor of love so we didn’t mind.
Fast forward to the present. Because of the Vitamix, I can make fresh coconut milk in a fraction of the time, no scraped knuckles from the grater, with less mess and nary a burn from scalding water.
6oz fresh coconut meat
4 cups of water (total)
- Place coconut meat into the container and secure lid.
- Select Variable 1.
- Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to Variable 10, then High.
- Blend for 30 seconds or until a fine mash is formed using the tamper to press the coconut meat into the blades.
- Turn machine off, remove lid, scrape container with a Vitamix spatula, add 2 cups of the water and replace the lid.
- Select Variable 1.
- Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
- Blend for 1 minute then pour contents into a Vitamix filtration bag to extract the milk.
- Return the mash in the filtration bag to the Vitamix container and add the remaining 2 cups of water.
- Repeat steps 6-8.
Time Tip: Coconuts typically contain 12-14 oz of meat. Freeze any unused meat in a dated and labeled freezer bag for future use.
Money tip: Coconuts are less expensive during the holidays so stock up, process and save.
For more information on picking and processing fresh coconuts, please see my blog post on that topic.