This blend of coconut and water adds rich, creamy sweetness to curries and other Asian, Brazilian, and Caribbean dishes. The downside? It’s high in saturated fat.
How to Choose Coconut Milk
Canned coconut milk comes in light (or low-fat) and regular versions. Look for it in Asian markets or the international section of your supermarket.
How to Store Coconut Milk
Canned coconut milk can be stored in the pantry for up to 2 years; when opened, it keeps in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Fresh coconut milk, made from boiling water that has been poured over grated coconut meat, then strained, keeps for up to 2 days in the refrigerator.
How to Prepare Coconut Milk
You can reduce the fat (and calories) in a can of regular coconut milk by letting it settle, then skimming and discarding some of the thick cream off the top.
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