Well, I did eventually get around to opening up my 3 tins of coconut milk and giving them a taste test. In my last post, I compared the cost and ingredients of three types of coconut milk purchased at my local Safeway – Thai, Tosca and Compliments brands. I did consider (very briefly) cooking the same recipe with each tin, just to give a scientific comparison, but I just couldn’t do it. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing!
So, as far as rigorous scientific testing, here’s what I did….
I had The Son open up all three cans and empty the contents into a clear glass. We then discussed the consistency and colour of the three brands. Opinion, I must say, was affected by the fact that The Son is a teenager and never seen coconut milk in a can before – he was initially grossed out by the solid coconut cream that had risen to the top of the can. I tried to explain to him that that was ‘the good stuff’, but he would not be swayed.
I liked the Thai brand (the most expensive of the three). It had the best colour (the Compliments brand was an unnerving greyish colour) and smell (most coconutty). I would have liked to compare the amount of coconut cream that had risen to the top but The Son moves faster than I and scooped out the cans before I had a chance to check it out.
We then did a taste test. The Son preferred the taste of the Thai brand, but actually, I found the Tosca brand to be the most full flavoured. Using a mathematical analysis, we felt that the Thai brand came out on top, though…
I used all three cans of coconut milk, but I made three different recipes…
and Chocolate coconut cupcakes (yum)
The Coconut Curry fish is a recipe that I’ve blogged about before, the Thai Chicken is an excellent recipe I’ve gotten from another blogger (I printed out the recipe without any identifying information, so now I have to hunt it down so I can give proper credit!), and the Chocolate coconut cupcakes is something I’ll blog about later… mmmm, Chocolate!
All three recipes came out well, so I can’t really say that one brand of coconut milk is preferred over another in this regard. I do know that I prefer the Thai and Tosca over the Compliments brand, even though they are more expensive. I love the flavour of coconut milk, and it is a low FODMAP product. According to the Monash Fodmap app, Coconut milk and coconut oil both get a green light. Curiously, the coconut water (250 ml serving) gets a red light for being high in Polyols.
Jennifer Nelson for the Mother Nature Network gives a nice summary of the differences between coconut milk and water. I wasn’t comparing calories or fat types, just the different brands.
Until next time…..