What can you do with a coconut? Well, you can drink the water, make coconut milk, eat the meat, and use the oil in cooking and on your body.
Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid. Which is the ideal saturated fat.
But this is not about the Oil. This is about being lactose intolerant for the sake of a nursing baby who is lactose intolerant. He gets horrible, horrible blistering rashes. It is very sad.
But, we just bought a house, and these things can really tap out your financial resources. So we went to youtube.com to see if we could find out how to make our own coconut milk. We loved this video. As I don't have a food processor, but I do have a high powered mixer.
I do things a little differently than the woman in the video because I prefer letting the water drain out first.
To do this, you need a power drill. (I will find any reason to use my power drill.) Make sure your bit is clean and drill into two of the eyes. This will allow a steady stream of water if you let it pour out of one eye.
Mostly my husband and I don't mind it with just the first strain, but it is smoother if you put it through cheese cloth.
We usually get a little under 2 quarts of coconut milk this way..
Annnd we just learned that the pulp we have left over can be used to make coconut flour..
Which is awesome for me, because I am allergic to gluten.