Cooking and Baking

Coconut milk - Help!

I would like to make my own coconut milk, mostly for thai curries. Buying coconut milk in the cans are just too expensive for my poor college wallet. I could swear I have seen a recipe involving shredded coconut or coconut flakes, hot water, a blender, and a cheesecloth. However I cannot for the life of me find anything about this method on the internet! It would have been so perfect too, I can get coconut flakes for $2 a lb, and I bet that makes a whole lot of coconut milk.

The closest thing I can find is an Alton Brown recipe, but instead of using water, he uses milk. And instead of dried coconut, he uses fresh. Thats not really what I'm looking for, I just want a product similar to what you can buy in the cans. Does anyone have experience making homemade coconut milk? And am I just crazy, thinking about coconut flakes and hot water? Help a poor thai curry starved college kid out!

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