If you’ve bought coconut milk only for an occasional curry, it’s time to expand your horizons.

It’s a thickener that makes sauces creamy and a secret ingredient in ice pops. The flavor works in sweet and savory dishes, like fudge or even braised vegetables. Open a can and there’s a layer of coconut cream on top. That’s because the milk is an emulsion of coconut cream and coconut water, and the two separate at cooler temperatures. Just transfer the contents to a bowl and whisk to recombine.

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