How to Make Use of Coconut Milk

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Coconut milk is used in a variety of ways, from main dishes and desserts to bubble baths. Additionally, doctors now believe coconut meat and milk have medicinal benefits.

Use coconut milk in recipes. Coconut milk is a common ingredient in the cuisines of southeast Asian countries, and particularly in Thai food. Make a simple vegan curry by simmering vegetables such as onions, peppers, carrots, potatoes and garlic in coconut milk with curry powder. Serve it over rice.

Sweeten your desserts with coconut milk. If you make a cake from a boxed mix, you can substitute coconut milk for the oil and water in the recipe. It makes for a very moist cake. Try it on your next pineapple upside down cake.

Substitute coconut milk for regular milk. For example, use it as a creamer for coffee, or in hot chocolate, eggnog or tea.

Use coconut milk as a skin softener. The natural moisturizers and oils in coconut milk will make your skin silky smooth. Add a can of light coconut milk to your next bubble bath. Pour the coconut milk into a large bowl and add hot water by cupfuls. Stir in between each addition so you dissolve the milk before adding it to a bath.

Drink coconut milk for its medicinal benefits. Traditionally, the coconut has been used for medicinal purposes in other cultures for generations, and doctors now believe coconut milk helps protect you from viral infections and strengthens your immune system.