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coconut milk

Did you know that cans are lined with plastic? Understandably, it is so that the contents of the tins aren't affected by the metal. The problem is that when items that have a high fat content, or are acidic (such as coconut milk, or canned tomato sauce), the chemicals from the plastic lining can leach into the the foods. Even if the lining is BPA-free, there is no saying that the replacement chemical is any safer than BPA. Skipping the packaging altogether with this simple DIY recipe with ingredients found in the bulk food section of the supermarket.


1 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut

1 pitted date

2 cups filtered water

  • Soak all the ingredients for an hour.

  • Blend in a hi-speed blender for 2 minutes until well combined.

  • Strain through a cheesecloth.

  • Spread out and dry any leftover coconut pulp in the oven at 325°F (160°C) for 20-30 minutes*, tossing occasionally. Add this to your Good-For-You Granola, or let it cool completely before storing in the freezer. Run this in the food processor for a fine grind for coconut flour.

This is perfect for a Thai Green Curry, or a Red Curry Noodle Soup


Oftentimes coconut water comes in a Tetra-pak which are constructed with multiple layers of plastic / plastic adhesive / paper / plastic adhesive / aluminum / plastic. Because this construction makes it impossible to separate the layers, this packaging is not recyclable. Fresh whole young coconuts are nature's packaging for this hydratingly fragrant liquid goodness. In tropical countries, these coconuts are bountiful, and free from plastic packaging. For the most part here in the U.S. they are packaged in a styrofoam "net" and plastic wrap, purportedly to keep it fresh. Essex Market is only one place in the city that I've been able to purchase it free from plastic and foam packaging. You can also get a glass of coconut water from mature coconuts.

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