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    Default coconut milk v. coconut water

    Does anyone know the difference between the two--besides price?

    I make this Luscious Coconut Bread with macadamias and a ton of coconut. I add 1 c. of coconut milk to make it more luscious but a can of coconut milk is expensive--like 3 bucks.

    Recently I was in Big Lots and also the salvage grocery and they were both selling cans of coconut "water" in with the Hispanic soft drinks for less than $1 per can.

    I'm wondering if these are the same things.

    Anybody know the difference?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Coconut water is the clear liquid that is there when you cut open a green coconut - people usually drink this in lieu of water b/c of its rehydration properties. Not sure if it has electrolytes etc.

    Coconut milk - is the liquid extracted from the grated coconut flesh. This is the one that has all the fat in it etc but it tastes so good b/c its creamy etc. Usually you cook with this one.

    [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut_milk"]Coconut milk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

    [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut_water"]Coconut water - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

    Hope that helps.

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    Coconut water is a beverage, it's very watery with a slight coconut flavor. Coconut milk is what you want for your bread.
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    Try an asian grocery for the coconut milk, it is usually cheaper there.
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    The coconut water sold in the ethnic aisles also has added sugar.
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    Thanks guys for all the great answers and suggestions. I will continue to use the coconut milk.

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    I agree with CH - check for your coconut milk at local ethnic stores/asian grocery stores.

    This is how its priced around where I live:
    $1.50 - asian brand sold at asian/ethnic grocery store
    $2-$3 - same asian brand sold at big box/chain grocery stores
    $3-$5 - commercially branded 'asian' name brand - sold at big box grocery stores (VH brand)

    What I do is read the label and compare not only the ingredients but the actual nutritional label and compare the carbs, sugar and fats and try to pick the one with what I deem the most acceptable.

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    interesting thread...coconut water is HUGE at all the yoga studios aroud here that i attend. i just drink plain ole water!

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    They both are good for you! Yummy!

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    Well if you don't want to pay top buck at the yoga studio, you can get it for about 78 cents @ Big Lots.

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    I love coconut water - very tasty and great for rehydrating!

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    coconut water has many health benefits. it is low in sugars.

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    I make my own CM by putting a cup of coconut flakes in a blender then adding water. blend then strain through a nut milk bag (nylon material I sewed up or grab a paint strainer next time at the hardware store) let it drain will keep in fridge a day (here at my house) up to a week. its hard to find young thai coconuts in my town so I've given up on the coconut water- very energizing drink.

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