If you've got coconut or coconut milk leftovers, remember it's great for your skin too.
High in vitamins with strong moisturizing properties, coconut milk can be a big help for dry winter skin, plus soothing for irritated areas like surface burns, eczema, or a rash. Just give your skin a wipe with unsweetened coconut milk and leave on 15 minutes before rinsing, or chill a can overnight to make a whipped coconut cream mask. You can even add it to your bath for a conditioning soak.
Homemade coconut milk is easy too, just blend 1c. unsweetened coconut (2c. to make it thick!) with 4c. near boiling water for 2-5 minutes and strain through cheesecloth or a nut milk bag.
Homemade coconut milk made without guar gum and other additives can separate, especially when refrigerated. Reblend or shake to emulsify - if you have trouble getting the cream to emulsify completely, bring to room temperature and blend.. Fresh, homemade coconut milk should keep refrigerated up to 4 days, or freeze for 2-3 months.