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coconut milk=cream of coconut?

So I live out in the boonies and there's not much in the way of whole foods. I've been looking for coconut milk in a can to make DT and all I've been able to find is something called cream of coconut. Begging your pardon for my ignorance, but is this the same as coconut milk? I looked at the ingredients and it had things that I didn't recognize in addition to coconut so I wasn't sure. I'm sure they're probably some kind of preservative.
TIA!
~Kate
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  • tinabcurlytinabcurly Posts: 545Registered Users
    I'm pretty sure cream of coconut has sugar added. You make pina coladas with it. You could drink them while DTing though!! I get coconut milk in my regular grocery store in the Goya aisle. I've also seen it in the Indian and Asian sections in some stores. Goya's the cheapest one I've seen

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  • klloydmajesticklloydmajestic Posts: 166Registered Users
    Thanks for the reply. . . . I went to a grocery store that's further away and was able to find canned coconut milk. And you were right, the cream of coconut is different and it has sugar and other things in it. I'm glad I found the coconut milk. I'm doing a DT now and will be posting pics tomorrow most likely. Thanks! :D
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  • HalfWavyHalfCurlyHalfWavyHalfCurly Posts: 907Registered Users
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  • HalfWavyHalfCurlyHalfWavyHalfCurly Posts: 907Registered Users
    The only problem with coconut milk is that if you don't use it all you can't leave it in the can and even in a very clean jar it will only last a few days in the fridge BUT one can use it in cooking or a smoothie. Since I cannot have dairy products sometimes I use it as a substitute for milk (mixed with a little water) in oatmeal, protein drinks, etc. and I love it added to braised fish, boneless chicken breast or strips and/or rice, yum!

    You can also make your own coconut oil from a fresh coconut. My grandmother used to simmer fresh coconut milk until only the oil and some solids were left (which she filtered away) but I read that it's best to leave it in a container, covered by a cloth overnight (or one whole day) so it'll go sour and then the oil will float to the top, then you can refrigerate it and when it hardens scoop it up and save it in a little jar.
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    So I live out in the boonies and there's not much in the way of whole foods. I've been looking for coconut milk in a can to make DT and all I've been able to find is something called cream of coconut. Begging your pardon for my ignorance, but is this the same as coconut milk? I looked at the ingredients and it had things that I didn't recognize in addition to coconut so I wasn't sure. I'm sure they're probably some kind of preservative.
    TIA!
    ~Kate
    P.S. I'm getting my hair cut tomorrow in kind of a layered bob style. I'll post new pics of it soon!


    totally not the same. Coconut milk is pure. Coconut cream is some extremely sweet thing used to make drinks like painkillers and pina coladas.
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  • tinabcurlytinabcurly Posts: 545Registered Users
    klloydmajestic--Glad you were able to find the cans of plain coconut milk. How did your DT go? Which recipe did you end up using?
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  • klloydmajesticklloydmajestic Posts: 166Registered Users
    tinabcurly wrote:
    klloydmajestic--Glad you were able to find the cans of plain coconut milk. How did your DT go? Which recipe did you end up using?

    thanks, me too! :)
    it went well! I don't remember who posted it but there is a post for a recipe somewhere on this message board that had a recipe using fresh avocado and coconut milk that I based it on. I took one whole avocado, one whole can of coconut milk, some olive oil, and a few drops lavender EO and blended it with a hand mixer. Jumped in the shower, plopped using an old white t-shirt for a couple hours, CO wash with suave milk & honey and viola! gorgeous curls! I used half of what I made and froze the rest as the original poster suggested. When I get more time I'll go find that thread and post it back here :wink:
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  • tinabcurlytinabcurly Posts: 545Registered Users
    Since you had good results with coconut milk, I did a search & found a recipe with banana, avocado, coconut milk, olive oil & honey.

    It went well... a little watery/messy but moisturized pretty well. the only problem was rinsing.... I had little bits of coconut stuck in my hair! :shock: I don't like to co wash after a DT but I had to- 3times!!!

    Did you strain the coconut milk before you used it?
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  • klloydmajesticklloydmajestic Posts: 166Registered Users
    tinabcurly wrote:
    Since you had good results with coconut milk, I did a search & found a recipe with banana, avocado, coconut milk, olive oil & honey.

    It went well... a little watery/messy but moisturized pretty well. the only problem was rinsing.... I had little bits of coconut stuck in my hair! :shock: I don't like to co wash after a DT but I had to- 3times!!!

    Did you strain the coconut milk before you used it?

    btw, here's the thread I was talking about earlier
    http://www.naturallycurly.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=83325[url]

    anyway, I'm glad you got good results! To answer your question, no, my can of coconut milk was pretty well creamed. no coconut bits really to speak of. however, I did have bits of avocado to deal with :shock: , which is why I did a CO wash afterwards. maybe next time I'll try straining it to prevent bits of avocado and/or coconut so I won't have to co wash again. I'm new to this one too so it's a process of experimentation! The results were so good though that it's worth the extra time and effort IMHO :wink: [/url]
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  • HalfWavyHalfCurlyHalfWavyHalfCurly Posts: 907Registered Users
    Hey, to those of you who have been enjoying the goodness of coconut milk, there's a cream/gel that has it as the 2nd ingredient and is very moisturizing. It barely has any hold though, because it's not really intended for curls, but paired up with something else it could contribute to nourishing the hair and/or protect it from the harsher ingredients of other stylers. The name is Organic Root Stimulator Lock & Twist Gel it costs only $3.99 for 13 oz. and it's easily available. You can see what it looks like here.
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  • klloydmajesticklloydmajestic Posts: 166Registered Users
    Hey, to those of you who have been enjoying the goodness of coconut milk, there's a cream/gel that has it as the 2nd ingredient and is very moisturizing. It barely has any hold though, because it's not really intended for curls, but paired up with something else it could contribute to nourishing the hair and/or protect it from the harsher ingredients of other stylers. The name is Organic Root Stimulator Lock & Twist Gel it costs only $3.99 for 13 oz. and it's easily available. You can see what it looks like here.
    brilliant! thanks for that I'll have to check it out! :)
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