These days, it’s not hard to find coconut milk in most grocery stores. In fact, you can find it in most dairy cases by the carton, or by the can in the Asian food aisle. If you haven’t figured it out yet, be warned: Coconut milk in a carton is not the same as the stuff in a can.
Canned coconut milk has a higher fat content (yes, even the low-fat versions). You’ve probably noticed that thick white foam at the top of the can when you open it—that’s the fat that’ll make it thicker when mixed in. While that might seem like a bad thing, it does make canned coconut milk the perfect substitution for heavy cream, and with only half the calories. Coconut milk in the carton is more processed, but it’s intended to be a beverage, so it’s thinner and (normally) has a lot less fat than its canned brethren.
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