Coconut Cream and Coconut Milk: Which One Do I Use?

Coconut Cream and Coconut Milk: Which One Do I Use?

Coconut cream and coconut milk are popular ingredients for many dishes, particularly those coming from South and Southeast Asian cuisines. Commonly used to substitute dairy and dairy-based products, both coconut cream and coconut milk provide a rich, creamy texture when used on food.

Coconut Cream

Coconut Cream

Coconut cream is a  variant of coconut milk that is comprised of a rich cream that is made from the flesh of mature coconuts. Twin Elephants & Earth’s Coconut cream (20-22% fat)  content is what gives it this rich, creamy texture. In terms of taste, coconut cream has a sweet and nutty flavor.

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is derived from the flesh of mature coconuts. In comparison to Twin Elephants & Earth’s coconut cream, coconut milk contains much less fat, but retains a similar rich, creamy texture when used as an ingredient. Similar to coconut cream, coconut milk is sweet and gives a slightly nutty flavor.

Are Coconut Cream and Coconut Milk the Same?

Coconut cream and coconut milk are two popular milk substitutes used in many dishes around the world. Although they are essentially the same, there are a few key differences between Twin Elephants & Earth’s  coconut cream and coconut milk (original). With a higher fat content (approximately 19-22% more than coconut milk) and a thicker consistency due to having less water, this ingredient is an ideal dairy-free substitute for condensed milk.

What Can I Do With a Can of Coconut Cream?

Coconut cream has been used as a dairy-free substitute for making desserts and other foods. As an ingredient with many uses, you can expect to see it used in making whipped cream and even other recipes involving curries, sauces, and cakes.

What Nutrition Can I Get From Coconut Cream?

Coconut cream’s higher fatty content might make it seem like a bad option compared to dairy, but its high fat content doesn’t necessarily make it a bad ingredient. Consumed in moderation, coconut cream is an excellent source of potassium, which can help mitigate factors like high blood pressure and fatigue.

How Long Can You Preserve Coconut Cream?

Once opened, a can of coconut cream has a fairly short shelf life, making it important to store it away. Once it is in a sealed container and placed in the fridge, coconut cream can last for up to five days. Frozen coconut cream’s shelf life increases to two months, during which it can be used to enrich other dishes and desserts.

Does Coconut Cream Solidify in the Fridge?

When kept in a refrigerator, coconut cream tends to solidify, and may even split into a cream on top and a thinner, milky layer underneath. This won’t be an issue, as coconut cream can regain its rich, creamy texture by being warmed and stirred before being used again

Recipes How to Make Coconut Whipped Cream

Recipes How to Make Coconut Whipped Cream

Whipped coconut cream is made by:

  • Selecting a good coconut cream brand.
  • Chilling the coconut cream in the fridge overnight.
  • Draining the liquid and scooping out the coconut cream.
  • Use a hand-mixer to whip the coconut cream until light peaks start forming.
  • Adding sweeteners to the coconut whipped cream according to your preference

What is Coconut Whipped Cream?

Whipped coconut cream is a dairy-free alternative to dairy-based whipped cream. Typically used as a topping in desserts like cakes, coconut whipped cream is light and fluffy and can easily be made in your own home. Whipped coconut cream is an excellent addition to a light snack

How is Coconut Whipped Cream Made?

Whipped coconut cream is made by first chilling the coconut milk for 1-2 days before placing it in a bowl that has been chilled for 30 minutes prior to use. After scooping out the coconut cream and draining the water away, you can then whip the coconut cream using a hand mixer for one minute, after which you can choose to add a sweetener.

What Are the Best Brands for Coconut Whipped Cream?

Coconut Cream (Rich and Creamy) is Erawan Food’s recommended ingredient for dessert lovers who want a bit more sweetness in their dessert. This lactose-free coconut cream adds more than just enrich your dessert, and is a vegan friendly option for everyone.

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