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Canned coconut milk vs. Refrigerated Coconut milk?

by 45 · November 12, 2011 at 2:14 AM

I see lots of recipes calling for coconut milk (Marks Daily Apple, Everyday Paleo cookbook, etc...). They never specify if it is the canned stuff or the one I can find in the refrigerated alternatives to cows milk section? When I make shakes which am I supposed to use? The canned tastes way better so it makes me worry it's the wrong one. Thoughts?

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7153 · November 11, 2011 at 11:00 PM

The canned is what you want for recipes. The stuff in the refrigerator section is much more watered down and will not work the same in recipes (and always has a bunch of other additives).

The brand I use is Native Forest. It's organic and in BPA-free cans.

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37013 · November 11, 2011 at 11:01 PM

Either way, the label tells the story. Some canned brands are just coconut and water, but others have several other things listed. Be sure you know and understand what you're buying.

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7300 · November 11, 2011 at 10:55 PM

I would go with canned. All of the refrigerated ones I've seen have at least several additives, including carageenan.

Native Forest canned is BPA free too.

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77338 · November 12, 2011 at 2:14 AM

I'm headed to Mexico and will get mine from the trees in the back yard- no BPA's!

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