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Coconut Cream – What to Do when it Turns Solid!

You know when you don’t mean something to happen, but it does … and it kind of works out ok?

Well that happened this morning! And I’d like to share it with you ..

Coconut Cream

To clarify what I explain in the first video below, I find that my coconut milk separates within a few minutes of setting down the jar to leave it to ferment. Many people say that,when this separation happens, the milk has over fermented. Since mine does this almost immediately every time, I can confirm that it doesn’t necessarily mean a milk is over fermented.

I recommend that you stir fermented milk before you store in the fridge. This usually prevents the milk solid hardening as in the second video. Mind you (!) in the first video, I had stirred thoroughly. Look to see what happened in this case. Kefir is ever surprising!

Coconut cream is the cream separating from the milk and rising to the top, just as it does with fresh milks.

Coconut kefir cream cheese is creamier, more dense and absolutely delicious!

Both are great to use in all kinds of recipes. 🙂

There a limited volume of cream that you can gather from a jug of milk, but it’s definitely the best source. A handy product to keep in the cupboard for busy days or “we’ve eaten all the cream” days is a block of this creamed coconut. I’ve used it in recipes and it melts easily and tastes great:

http://tinyurl.com/j5wjxoq

Here’s the cream at the top of a jug:

Here’s a little video explaining what you can do if the cream goes totally solid in the fridge and you’re unable to stir it with a spoon:

Have you ordered your kefir grains or starter powder cultures yet?  If you’re struggling, please let me know.

You can buy grains here: http://tinyurl.com/h2rmev4

And powders here: http://tinyurl.com/gowowc9

Visit this page to learn how to make kefir milk.

 

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8 comments
Marcella Rice says

You didn’t answer what to do when the coconut cream is separated in the can! How does one use it then for cookies? It’s very hard to cream hard coconut cream and soft butter!

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Sarah Arrow says

I used to use a lot of coconut oil in things, never tried coconut milk. I stopped when my youngest daughter tipped £20 worth in her bath. She had lovely skin for days afterwards 😀

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    Sarah Jackson says

    Ha ha. Well, it was going to be the daughter or the milk. The choice was limited Sarah. 😉

    It’s cheaper to buy coconut flakes and make your own milk bath!

    I made a milk bath a couple of weeks ago with thick, creamy coconut kefir milk and some drops of orange essential oil. Smooth as a Goddess afterwards, I was.

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Joan Wallington says

is it quite high in calories Sarah compared to ordinary cream? Ive never heard of it before !

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    Sarah Jackson says

    Thanks for your question Joan!

    I’m not a calorie counter myself and don’t know a reliable source for that right now and also, commercial coconut creams are likely to have other ingredients and also added sweetener. The home made version won’t.

    Coconut is considered to be a health giving fruit, in many ways.

    The benefits of coconut – it seems from many articles I’ve read and continue to read – outweigh it’s calorific value.

    However, keep in mind, everything in moderation. A moderate diet including coconut milk/cream is great. Drinking a pint a day would be excessive. 😉

    This article may answer your question more fully, as it explains how calories are not simply calories. It’s quite a long article, but well laid out.

    http://authoritynutrition.com/coconut-oil-and-weight-loss/

    I hope this helps.

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Moose Studio says

I’ve actually never heard of this kind of cream before. I will see if they carry it at a near by grocery store. What are the health benefits vs regular cream? Is it organic and vegan?

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    Sarah Jackson says

    You can buy coconut cream in shops (although I’ve never done this) but I would recommend only using it occasionally, rather than as day to day thing, only because of the fat content. Better to enjoy the milk day to day and the cream as a treat! (It IS delicious! But a lot of store versions add sugar – if you make your own kefir coconut cream, it will be better, less sugary and full of probiotics.)

    Here’s a list of some of the benefits of coconut milk (that of course, contains that delicious cream, but in smaller measure than eating concentrated spoonfuls of it 🙂

    http://www.med-health.net/Is-Coconut-Milk-Good-For-You.html

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    Sarah Jackson says

    You can buy coconut cream in shops (although I’ve never done this) but I would recommend only using it occasionally, rather than as day to day thing, only because of the fat content. Better to enjoy the milk day to day and the cream as a treat! (It IS delicious! But a lot of store versions add sugar – if you make your own kefir coconut cream, it will be better, less sugary and full of probiotics.)

    Here’s a list of some of the benefits of coconut milk (that of course, contains that delicious cream, but in smaller measure than eating concentrated spoonfuls of it 🙂

    I use organic flakes to make my coconut milk. And yes, coconut is vegan.

    http://www.med-health.net/Is-Coconut-Milk-Good-For-You.html

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