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Draperygoddess

Coconut milk brands--is there a difference?

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Draperygoddess

I have been experimenting with different recipes using coconut milk (canned, full-fat), and I just can't get past the taste.  Is there a difference in brands as far as taste?  The only way I can handle it is if it's a recipe with cocoa--seems to cover it up a bit.  Should a try a different brand? (I used A Taste of Thai brand.)

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jwags

I usually try to find the lowest carb ones. We often get the Traders Joe's brand. I like the taste and use it in a lot of soups. I know with the coconut oil you need to get the refined ones if you don't want the coconut taste.

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Moonpie

I use the "so delicious" brand, it is in a carton, on the shelf near the almond milks. I think it is a lot less coconutty than the canned ones. I also like it, as it is shelf stable until opened.

 

eta: if you try it, look for the unsweetened one.

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kooka

I buy mine in a carton. Blue Diamond sugar free has 1 carb for 8ozs. and Silk sugar free has no carbs. Neither tastes much like coconut which is good because I have never liked the taste coconut.

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Draperygoddess

I do have the So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk, which is good when you need that consistency.  But most recipes call for the canned coconut milk because it's thicker.  I don't know if it's possible to cook the coconut milk down enough to get a custard consistency.  

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Moonpie

I use the carton  coconut milk in curry dishes which call for coconut milk, & it works fine. I use it because it is what I have on hand.

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jwags

I use the stuff in the carton for smoothies but it is watered down canned coconut milk. So if I am making a cream soup I have to use a thickener, I also like to use coconut cream in recipes, it is super thick and has all the benefits of coconut oil.

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synger

Canned coconut milk is much thicker than the coconut milk in the dairy section.  It's like regular milk vs evaporated milk.  I pretty much only use canned coconut milk in curries and smoothies, because it definitely tastes more like coconut than the dairy-case coconut milk.

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Moonpie

I grew up eating more Indian based curries rather than the more coconutty ones of other parts of Asia, maybe that is why I don't feel the need for a coconut taste in my curries. 

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