Coconut milk is a great alternative to regular cow's milk. It is very versatile and can be used in the kitchen or as a substitute for everyday cow's milk. You can store coconut milk in the fridge or freezer to make it last longer. The freezer will keep the milk fresh longer than the refrigerator, but it will change its texture and taste. It's also good to know what signs coconut milk gives when it's gone bad, just in case.
Method 1 of 3: Putting Coconut Milk in the Refrigerator
Step 1. Place the opened coconut milk in a pot with a lid
The closed pot will help the milk stay fresh much longer than an open container. If you have a bottle for milk or soda, wash it first and then pour open milk into it.
- Cover it as tight as you can.
- If you extracted the milk straight from the coconut, put it in a pot and store it in the fridge as soon as possible.
Step 2. Place the lidded pot in the refrigerator for seven to 10 days
As soon as you close the lid tightly, you can place the coconut milk inside the refrigerator. The refrigerator will keep milk that has been opened fresh for a week to 10 days. After this period, the milk will start to spoil.
Generally, thinner coconut milks will start to spoil after seven days or so. The thickest ones will last for about 10 days
Step 3. Store open coconut milk glasses in the refrigerator until the expiration date arrives
If you've just arrived from the grocery store and want to put the coconut milk in the fridge for later, put it directly in the fridge. Look at the expiration date first to see which day you'll have to throw it away if you don't open it.
You can also store it in any cool, dark place at home, but a refrigerator is always the best option
Step 4. Take strong-smelling foods away from the milk
Coconut milk will absorb the flavor of any food that is close to it after a few days. Even if the milk is in an airtight container, it is still necessary to take strong-smelling things away to protect the milk.
Examples of things you should keep close at hand: cheese, fish, meat and yogurt
Method 2 of 3: Freezing and Thawing Coconut Milk
Step 1. Put the coconut milk in an ice cube tray so that you can use small amounts of it easily
This is very effective for anyone who wants to freeze small amounts of coconut milk. Take an empty ice cube tray and pour the coconut milk into it. Take the mold to the freezer and put it on the indicated shelf.
When you want to drink coconut milk, take the frozen cubes out of the tin and put them in a glass. Wait for them to melt completely before drinking the milk
Step 2. Place coconut milk in an airtight pot to store a large amount
If you didn't use the milk, take an airtight pot and pour from the package straight into the pot. You can use resealable plastic bags, a plastic pot, or a soda bottle to store the milk.
Be careful if using a plastic bag with a zipper, as it is easier to spill the milk this way
Step 3. Place the container with coconut milk in the freezer and leave for up to six months
The freezer will keep the milk fresh, but freezing it can change its texture and taste. It will still be fresh when you take it out of the freezer, but it will taste a little different.
The milk will gain a few “grains” and lose some of its flavor
Step 4. Thaw the coconut milk by refrigerating it for four to five days
Thawing coconut milk takes longer than people think. If you want to use the milk for cooking, take it out of the freezer and put it in the fridge a few days before you plan to use it. Leave it in the same container and put it in the fridge.
Even after a day, coconut milk will probably still be frozen. Take a look every day to see how fast it is defrosting
Step 5. Use the microwave to thaw milk if you are in a hurry
Place the milk pot in the microwave and select the "defrost" function. Turn on the microwave for 15 seconds. Once the time is up, take the pot out, open it and stir the milk with a spoon or fork.
- You will have to repeat this process a few times to be able to thaw the milk.
- See if the pot where the milk is can be microwaved. This information is often placed at the bottom of the pots. Wavy lines are a sign that the pot is microwaveable.
Method 3 of 3: Realizing when coconut milk has gone bad
Step 1. Look at the expiration date on the package
If you haven't opened the milk, check the expiration date before using it. No matter how long it's been in the fridge, you need to throw it away when it's past its expiration date.
Step 2. Use open milk within a week to 10 days
Once this period has passed, the coconut milk will quickly turn sour. It will also start to lose much of its flavor. If you only keep the milk open in the fridge, you will have to throw it away after at most 10 days.
The same goes for milk that has been extracted directly from the coconut. It will last for a week to 10 days
Step 3. Smell the coconut milk to see if it has spoiled
The smell of spoiled milk is the most obvious sign that it has gone sour. A bad smell indicates that it has most likely spoiled.
Milk can also smell like other things in the fridge. That's another sign that it should go to waste
Step 4. Check for lumps or pink mold in the milk
Coconut milk that is still good looks the same as any other fresh milk. When it spoils, it will be pretty obvious. It is normal for a pink mold to appear on the surface of spoiled coconut milk.
- If you notice any change in the color of the milk, it has probably spoiled.
- Inspect the milk to see if it has lumps in the middle of the liquid. If so, he blew it.
Step 5. Taste the milk to see if it spoiled or not
If you've sniffed and looked and still can't tell if it's okay or not, then you'll have to try it. Take a sip of the milk to see how it tastes. If it's normal, it may not have broken yet. If it's lost the sweet taste, then it's spoiled.
- If the milk was in a can, it will start to go rancid when it goes bad.
- Don't swallow. Spit it out after trying it.