How to Extract Coconut Milk | Homemade Coconut Milk (with and without a blender)

How to Extract Coconut Milk|Homemade Coconut Milk(with and without a blender) , homemade coconut milk

Coconut milk has lots of great benefits. It is used for cooking and also great as a beauty product.
I use it mostly for cookingNigerian Coconut Rice and it taste better than the canned coconut milk.  One other cool thing is homemade coconut milk is free of preservatives .
Here’s how to make /extract your coconut milk at home.For the video lover here’s a video on How to Extract Coconut Milk

Materials used to Make / Extract Coconut Milk:
– Coconut
– Hard object for cracking/breaking the coconut(preferable, A hammer)
– A knife for prying out the coconut milk
– A sieve/strainer(with very tight holes) or a cheese cloth
– A blender or dry mill or grater
– Bowls
– Hot water(as needed)

 Preparation 1. First crack open the coconut with a hard object or hammer , and place a cup over it to collect the coconut water(you can drink it, it very refreshing :))

How to Extract Coconut Milk|Homemade Coconut Milk(with and without a blender) , homemade coconut milk

2. Now break the coconut to smaller pieces;Using a small knife, pry out the coconut meat from the shell and place in a bowl of clean water.

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How to Extract Coconut Milk|Homemade Coconut Milk(with and without a blender) , homemade coconut milk

Wash the coconut meat and cut it into several pieces and place in a blender or dry mill.

How to Extract Coconut Milk|Homemade Coconut Milk(with and without a blender) , homemade coconut milk

If you don’t have a blender, don’t cut the coconut meat into tiny pieces, simple grate the coconut using the smaller sides of your grater.

How to Extract Coconut Milk|Homemade Coconut Milk(with and without a blender) , homemade coconut milk

3. If you are using a blender, add a little warm water into the blender and grind the coconut meat into a very smooth paste.  If you are using a dry mill, grind the coconut meat without any water added.3. Next pour the grated or milled  coconut into a wide bowl , add a little warm water, mix well and leave to sit for 5 minutes.

4. Now pour out the mixture through a sieve/strainer(with very tight holes) or a cheese cloth and squeeze with your hands to make sure that you get all the milk out.  Place the coconut chaff into a bowl and add a little more warm water .Repeat the same process until the milk you get is no longer ”milky” .If the coconut milk is for making coconut oil or coconut rice, use as needed and preserve the remaining in the freezer.

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How to Extract Coconut Milk|Homemade Coconut Milk(with and without a blender) , homemade coconut milk



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  1. Barbara
    December 3, 2020 / 11:24 am

    I am not sure I got it right cause my last round of squeezing ended up looking more watery than milky. How much milk is expected to be gained from one smaller coconut? Is there some ration weight of fresh coconut:milk? Would be really helpful 🙂

    • December 8, 2020 / 8:39 am

      Hi Barbara, if it is too watery for your preference,
      let the milk sit for a while in a cold place(fridge), the milk will
      seperate and you can scoop out the real coconut milk and leave out
      the excess water

      • Barbara
        December 9, 2020 / 4:47 pm

        Oh that’s a genius idea. As I remove the fat from top (I later add it to warm drinks and food as I want) I can also spill some of water in the middle. Truly did not think of that. Thank you 🙂

          • Barbara
            February 17, 2021 / 3:12 pm

            When the layers separated I used straw to drink bottom more clear layer (coconut tasted water) and then join top layer of milk with previously removed fat. Didn’t get much but I think I didn’t wash my grinded coconut enough times so even remaining flour got some fat left. Won’t be a problem though, gonna use it for cake 🙂

  2. Anonymous
    September 26, 2017 / 6:26 am

    Enter your comment…u have given me hope, my step mom always laugh at me saying that I don't know how to cook, but please can i use a mortar to pound the coconut.

  3. chaka
    March 25, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    Wow, the first time i stumbled on this site, i was looking for ofe nsala recipe. Well i made d nsala perfectly and my hubby and friends enjoyed it. Next was shawama bread (pita bread) it came out nice, i also made d home made shawama, it was fun. Well i guess i will prepare coconut rice or coconut cury savy source tomorrow being mothering sunday. Kudos to the good work u are doing. More grace.

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    September 8, 2016 / 11:27 am

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    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 27, 2016 / 7:26 pm

      Thank you so much Riqueza 🙂

  5. BJ
    June 12, 2016 / 10:18 pm


  6. Omotola Olaosebikan
    June 4, 2016 / 1:52 pm

    Kudos dear.God bless you

  7. Anonymous
    May 20, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    it very educating i have learnt a lot just in some minute

  8. Anonymous
    October 29, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    I just learnt this for the first time. U are wonderful.

  9. Anonymous
    October 5, 2015 / 2:48 pm


  10. Fechi Enebechi
    September 4, 2015 / 12:19 pm

    Thanks for the tips dear, you are the best

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 11, 2015 / 4:23 pm

      u are welcome dearie .

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    July 20, 2015 / 1:55 am

    You just made cooking seem so effortless. Luv u bajè#nohomo

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 16, 2015 / 9:09 pm

      Thanks hun, luv u 2 🙂

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    June 21, 2015 / 1:25 pm

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  13. Anonymous
    April 6, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    Nice one

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 9, 2015 / 4:14 pm

      tnx 🙂

  14. Anonymous
    April 6, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    Wow! I can now cook coconut rice for my family. Tnx a bunch. More grace

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 9, 2015 / 3:58 pm


  15. Anonymous
    March 25, 2015 / 6:24 pm

    dat a nice job.keep it u

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 28, 2015 / 7:15 pm


  16. Anonymous
    March 25, 2015 / 6:24 pm

    dat a nice job.keep it u

  17. Anonymous
    February 5, 2015 / 5:13 pm

    Thanks 4 all dis recipes,have wanting 2 cook dem but afraid of not spoiling dem even ma BF is like u dnt knw ow 2 cook but I cook only tins I was taught @ home as a growing up girl but wit dis ur stuff I can do more beta.thanks so much 4 taking ur tym 2 do dis GOD BLESS u.but ur videos dnt show on ma fone here.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 5, 2015 / 9:07 pm

      Hi dearie, don't ever be scared to experiment. Practice makes perfect.I hope try out the recipes and send me your feedback.Good to have you here.As for your phone, maybe you need to download a youtube plugin, so that it would show.

  18. Anonymous
    February 5, 2015 / 5:10 pm

    Good work

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 5, 2015 / 9:01 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  19. Anonymous
    September 19, 2014 / 2:46 pm


    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 22, 2014 / 9:31 am


  20. Anonymous
    August 1, 2014 / 5:37 pm

    Thats a very good one, well done !

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 8, 2014 / 2:11 pm

      thanks 🙂

  21. esegboria
    June 14, 2014 / 8:15 am

    When wud your book be out and how can we get it..

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      Very soon hun, subscribe below, so that you'll be notified when it is ready.

  22. esegboria
    June 14, 2014 / 8:13 am

    Thanks dearie..this was very helpful..

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 14, 2014 / 9:35 pm

      you're welcome dearie .)

  23. Anonymous
    June 9, 2014 / 3:17 am

    You not know what you have done to people like me. You have just changed my eating style for the better. All the things I have been craving to eat for a long time I can now eat. I have experimented with Ogbono soup and tomato stew and both turned out very nice. Thank you very much . I will buy your cook book as soon as possible and tell fellow retirees the good news.From Chief.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 9, 2014 / 8:39 am

      Aww,thanks for your lovely feedback,I'll let you know when the book is out 🙂

  24. Anonymous
    May 30, 2014 / 12:44 pm

    Thanks for d help

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 31, 2014 / 5:40 pm

      you're welcome dear 🙂

  25. Anonymous
    May 13, 2014 / 8:01 am

    I love this, so interesting

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 31, 2014 / 5:40 pm

      thanks 🙂

  26. Anonymous
    April 21, 2014 / 11:57 pm

    U hv done a great job

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 24, 2014 / 12:43 am

      thanks dearie 🙂

  27. Anonymous
    April 2, 2014 / 10:38 pm

    Easy to read and follow…I just learnt how to extract coconut milk for the first time. Great job!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 5, 2014 / 11:10 pm

      I'm so glad to be of help dear 🙂

  28. Anonymous
    February 15, 2014 / 10:23 am

    Thanks so has been lng I want to cook coconut rice

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 16, 2014 / 10:51 am

      You're welcome dear 🙂

  29. Anonymous
    December 17, 2013 / 10:29 pm

    Good job!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 19, 2013 / 10:32 am

      Thanks 🙂

  30. Anonymous
    December 17, 2013 / 10:28 pm

    You are doing a great work here, kudos!

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 19, 2013 / 10:28 am

      Thanks ,well appreciated 🙂

  31. aeyshar
    November 2, 2013 / 9:14 am

    Thanks a bunch

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 2, 2013 / 7:22 pm

      You're welcome dear 🙂