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Coconut Milk vs. Coconut Cream: What’s the Difference Anyway?

coconut milk vs coconut cream
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Coconut milk vs. coconut cream – which one should you use? We explain the difference between these two common dairy alternatives.

What Is Coconut Milk?

Coconut milk consists of coconut “meat” (the white insides of a coconut), mixed with water and a stabilizer like guar gum. Typically, it is used in soups, curries, smoothies, or personal hygiene products. It can also serve as a dairy-free substitute for your coffee creamer.

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What’s the Difference Between Coconut Milk and Coconut Cream?

In truth, there aren’t many differences between coconut cream and coconut milk. In fact, they consist of the same ingredients (coconut meat, water, and a stabilizer). The big difference is coconut cream has a higher fat content, meaning it has more coconut meat and less water. This is what gives it a thicker, creamier consistency. Coconut cream is typically used in recipes where you need that creaminess, like desserts.

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Can You Substitute Coconut Cream for Coconut Milk?

Coconut milk is an excellent staple ingredient for curry.
Coconut milk is an excellent staple ingredient for curry.
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You sure can, but it takes a little elbow grease to make it work. If you only have coconut cream, you’ll want to mix 2 tablespoons of coconut cream into ¾ cups of water. This makes 1 cup of coconut milk.

Alternatively, if you need to turn coconut milk into cream, place a can of coconut milk in your fridge overnight. In the morning, scoop out the solidified cream and leave the water at the bottom. This should give you about  ½ cup of coconut cream.

Whether you need to use coconut cream or coconut milk for your holiday recipes, remember to always try to buy organic when possible. Avoiding those unnatural pesticides is always a better option for you and the environment.

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