Today’s Make it Monday is a guest post from my sister…enjoy!
I love summer break. I love all the extra time I have to do/make things that I otherwise might be too exhausted to attempt. You know, like making my own coconut milk. Really, it all goes back to my mom. She started doing “crunchy” things before being “crunchy” was hip; I mean, we were doing the whole sprouts, probiotic, and all natural thing since I can remember. Now that I have two kids of my own, and have Pinterest to rely on, I am becoming more and more like my mom every day. It is scary really. But I digress…on to the coconut milk.
So, In my quest to save money and steer clear of questionable chemicals I started to make some things like shampoo, toner, moisturizer, and soon baby shampoo. I began making the shampoo by using Castile soap and one of my favorite things on earth: coconut milk.
Coconut milk is amazing – you can use it on your face, hair, body, in your coffee, in your cereal…I can’t get enough of it. I buy the beverage kind for all my food needs, but, for some unknown reason, I bought the canned kind for making my shampoo. Well, this canned version is awesome but it also has guar gum as one of the two ingredients. Insert the unsure emoji here. I mean, the thought of guar gum in my hair…I’m not even sure what it is exactly, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t mix well with thick, frizzy hair. Even so, I went ahead and used it for my first batch of shampoo (hello I am cheap) but I determined that next time I will buy canned coconut milk without guar gum in the ingredient list.
Which, wouldn’t you know, I found a recipe on Pinterest for – – – DIY coconut milk. So I thought “hey, I’ve got this. I can make my own and then I can be sure there is no guar gum or any other weird thing in my hair…and it is cheaper!”
So the process is relatively easy: get shredded coconut and boiling water, blend for several minutes, and then put in a cheesecloth/nut bag (whatever that is) and squeeze out all moisture you can. You can even use the leftover pulp to make coconut flour (which I did…now what do I make with it?). Well, this relatively easy process turned into a bit of a debacle you could say.
Here is what I learned as a first time coconut milk-maker:
1. Check to make sure your blender can handle hot liquids…mine cannot. I learned this after I blended boiling water for 4 minutes in my blender. Read the warnings on your appliances people.
2. Hot things (like boiling water) can build pressure when put into sealed containers (like a blender). If that hot air is not released through a small pouring spout (like on aforementioned blender), then, when you try to blend the ingredients, the lid of the container will literally explode off. Shooting/spraying boiling water and shredded coconut all over you, your counter, and your appliance. This happened. Twice.
3. Make sure you have all materials needed so you don’t have to creep into your napping daughter’s room and swipe a (clean) lovely Aden & Anais blanket to use as a cheesecloth.
Well, there you have it. Even after all that, my coconut milk turned out great and I have enough to make five more double batches of shampoo or 2 1/2 cups of coffee creamer…whichever. I also have coconut flour that I have no clue what to do with until I find something on Pinterest. Then I can attempt something new…as long as it is still summer.
My (coconut milk) shampoo!
Note: there is a way to make it without boiling water…after reading the warnings on my blender, I will be using this process. Better late than never, right?