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How To Make Coconut Milk From Fresh Coconut {VIDEO}

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In this video, my lovely assistant and I will demonstrate how to make coconut milk from fresh coconut. And for those of you that like written instructions:


  • 1 coconut
  • 1 – 1½ cups water


  • hammer, meat mallet or rolling pin
  • kitchen towel
  • sharp knife
  • stainless steel table knife (it will bend so maybe dedicate one for this purpose)
  • medium bowl
  • blender
  • butter muslin or clean, old cotton t-shirt, pillowcase, etc.
  • large jar

How To Make Coconut Milk From Fresh Coconut

  1. Using the sharp knife, pierce the eyes of the coconut and drain water into a bowl
  2. Put coconut on a hard surface (preferably concrete, tile might crack!) and smack with hammer/meat mallet/rolling pin until it splits open. It’s wonderfully therapeutic.
  3. With your kitchen knife, pry the coconut meat from its husk. I used a paring knife in the video, and you’ll notice a Hello Kitty bandaid appears on my thumb halfway through. A kitchen knife is stiff and well-suited for the purpose, but it will bend so don’t use your good stuff.
  4. Peel away any brown pieces of skin that adhere to the coconut meat.
  5. Place coconut meat and coconut water in a blender, adding 1 – 1½ cups water (hot water will draw out more coconut oil from the meat and yield a thicker product).
  6. Blend until smooth.
  7. Pour coconut mixture through a butter muslin or clean old t-shirt into a large jar.  Squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  8. Store in refrigerator
  9. Enjoy!

Note: Don’t throw away your coconut meat! See below.

Waste Not ~ Want Not

Your leftover coconut makes delicious shredded coconut. It’s wonderful for making Leite de Coco (coconut fudge), Coconut Cremé Brulee, and more. And it’s easy to make, too! Simply place the shredded meat in your dehydrator for 5-7 hours at 95 degrees F, or until the shreds feel very dry.

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33 Responses to How To Make Coconut Milk From Fresh Coconut {VIDEO}

  1. Daniel says:

    I L-O-V-E my girls! What a perfect way to start the work day!

  2. Michelle McCoy via FB says:

    Will have to try this! Thanks for sharing ♥

  3. Kathryn Nordyke says:

    This post has a special place in my heart!! Katie looks adorable.
    On another note, we drink a lot of coconut milk in our house. Do you happen to know how long yours will last for and about how many cups/oz it makes?

    • Heather says:

      One coconut made about five cups for us. Not sure how long it lasts, but it’s so good I’m pretty sure it will be gone before it goes bad

      • Kathryn Nordyke says:

        oh wow! That’s a really good amount- I’m totally going to have to try this!! Thanks for sharing. =)

  4. Mae says:

    ….thanks to my husband, all I can see in this video is the fact that you need sharper knives!!!! LOL!
    On another, not neurotic note…This was adorable

  5. Baby Buttons Design via FB says:

    Love seeing Katie wearing one of our headbands! =)

  6. Mellanie says:

    Love the video! Bekah and I watched it together. She covered her ears in solidarity with Katie. :-)

  7. Amanda Hightower says:

    Thanks so much for the video!! Is this like coconut milk from a can or is it close to coconut beverage from the cold chest at the supermarket?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Amanda! It’s like the canned coconut milk but yummier. It is a thinner because we added water, though.

      • Amanda Hightower says:

        So to make it the same thickness just use the coconut water heated up?

        • Heather says:

          Our water was heated and it was still thinner than the canned stuff. We could probably have used about half the amount of the water than we did . . . will try next time and let you know how it turns out. No coconuts at the store today so the earliest we can try it is next week. :(

  8. Colleen says:

    Thank you for this video! I’ve thought about making coconut milk, but thought it was much more involved. Your little assistant was just so sweet. Looking forward to more of your videos!
    Many blessings…. ~Colleen~

  9. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    @Michelle – Unlike a lot of things that require concentration in the kitchen, this was really fun and easy to do with little ones :)

  10. Esther says:

    Loved this! Katie is so precious and darling–very intelligent as well, like her mama :)

  11. rawkinmom says:

    Love homemade coconut milk!!! Also love homemade almond milk!!! MMMMMM!!!!!!

    • Heather says:

      Never tried almonds milk. So hard to find unpasteurized almonds these days :(

      • rawkinmom says:

        It’s so easy!! Basically the same thing….we flavor ours with real vanilla bean and a tad of real maple syrup…..its so good!! I also make “PINK MILK” by blending it with strawberries and then straining out the seeds!!!

  12. Emily Brown says:

    great video! I need to make some coconut milk again….got out of the habit a while ago (it’s can be a hassle to find good coconuts!) LOVED seeing Katie in action! She’s too sweet! :)

  13. Margo says:

    Great job on the video! That Katie is so impressive! Looks yummy!

  14. Brynna says:

    Great tutorial! We love all things coconut but have never made our own beverages. Will have to try this!

  15. Michelle McCoy says:

    Got my vitamix blender today and made some – YUM YUM and Dylan likes it!! YAY!

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  17. Sunny Espanet says:

    Just made this with a whole coconut just because it looked like fun. When I traveled to Bora Bora, I learned that natives don’t take off the brown part of the coconut (the part that stays on the meat when you remove it from the shell), so I didn’t either. That saved a lot of time using a vegetable peeler. I also drilled the holes with an electric drill, and used a screwdriver to get the meat out of the shell. Overall I would say it took us less than 20 minutes start-to-finish and it was a fun experiment! But I’ll probably be using coconut shreds if I decide to do the process more regularly. :)

    Had a busy day so this was our only “homeschool” lesson for the day. Very successful experiment with very yummy results! :)

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  19. Brenda says:

    Heather, I just watched this with my kids (homeschooling, right?) and it was SO cute. I loved it when Katie put the coconut up to her mouth and then threw it into the bowl. My daughter Ruby was like “OH NO! She put it by her mouth!” (she is 4). :) Thanks for sharing!! Adorable!!

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