This commercial product is fresh coconut sold in the form of a hard white block. It adds a rich, creamy texture to dishes that require coconut milk. Do not confuse creamed coconut with thick, liquid coconut cream.
Look out for brands that use only 100% pure coconut.
Keep in a cool, dark place away from heat. Once opened, keep refrigerated and use up quickly otherwise it may become rancid or mouldy. Store in an airtight container to prevent the block from drying out.
Add to South East Asian, South Indian or Caribbean curries, soups, and rice and fish dishes; it is also used to mellow the fieriness of spicy sauces. Grate or chop into small pieces and add gradually until you have reached the desired consistency; alternatively, reconstitute in boiling water to produce thinner, more liquid coconut milk.
Article by Sejal Sukhadwala