hmmm thats could be a way i take a fresh coconut and drink the juice then i use a knife to scrap the meat and then take a mesh strainer and put the coconut meat in the mesh and sqeeze it dry like a towel. I saw that in hawaii and it works
The book says if you're using the blender method with fresh coconut you grate the coconut (don't have to remove the thin brown covering) but use equal amounts grated coconut to water (or the coconut water).
I was actually wondering if anyone had experience using dried coconut to make the milk and also how the milk compares to the canned coconut milk one can buy.
A side note:
Probably no one knows about the cook books published by William Shurtleff and Akiko Aoyagi. They also published The Book of Tofu
and several others. Their books were originally published in the middle to late 70's - around the time that the seminal Diet for a Small Planet
by Frances Moore LappĂ© (1975) first got people thinking about reducing meat intake. Their goal was to introduce soy products to an American audience. Their recipies are a mix of authentic Asian and Americanized. What I loved about them is that they gave explicit, detailed instructions how to make tofu and tempeh in a home kitchen.
I know I'm dating myself here but as they say, "what goes around comes around". Now, vegetarian and vegan cooking is really popular on college campuses. When I started, only hippies did it.