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What's New in Your Pantry? Lite coconut milk!

Lite Coconut Milk

From Clara, in Westford, Massachusetts:

The enclosed picture means that I have expanded my cooking repertoire in the last 10 years to include Thai, or at least Thai style or influenced, dishes.

[Lydia's Notes] I've expanded my repertoire of Thai-inspired dishes in the past 10 years, too, so coconut milk is a must-have in my pantry. I've also learned that there's so much more to cook with coconut milk, and I've just scratched the surface. In addition to Thai curries (my favorite), coconut milk forms the base for curries of all cuisines, from India to South Africa. It makes great soups, and you can even bake with it. Do you have coconut milk in your pantry? How do you use it? Here are some recipe ideas:

Jamaican run down (fish stew with tomatoes, peppers and coconut milk), from The Perfect Pantry
Chicken satay, from The Perfect Pantry
Avocado coconut milk ice cream, from The Perfect Pantry
Red curry beef with mushrooms, red bell pepper and cilantro, from The Perfect Pantry
Coconut milk baked chicken, from She Wears Many Hats
Coconut milk cupcakes, two ways, from The Kitchn
Breakfast quinoa, from How Sweet It Is

Ready to join in the fun on Saturdays? Here's how to play


  1. Find something in your pantry, fridge or freezer, cupboards, or kitchen that wasn't there 10 years ago. Maybe it's a spice or condiment you use now that you didn't know existed back then. Maybe it's a new version of something you've always had (a different brand of soy sauce or olive oil?). Or, maybe it's a tool or utensil that's essential to the way you cook today. Maybe it's something you discovered here on The Perfect Pantry! If you haven't had your own kitchen for 10 years, find something you have now that you didn't have a year ago.
  2. Snap a photo, quick and easy with your smartphone! 
  3. Email the photo to me: lydia@theperfectpantry.com.
  4. Include your name, and where your pantry is located (city, or state, or country).
  5. Make sure to say what the pantry item is (especially if your photo has more than one thing in it), and include a sentence or two about why it's in your pantry.

You may send as many photos as you like, whenever you like. Please send each photo in its own email (easy to do from your smartphone), with your name on each one. Send one photo, ten photos, or more. I have tons of things in my pantry now that weren't there 10 years ago.

***You may send any item, food or nonfood, from your pantry/kitchen. If you send a photo of a food ingredient I don't have, I will try to get it and create a recipe with it. 

I'm looking forward to sharing your photos, so snap a shot and email to me:



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Yes to all of the above! Curious about the differences in brands: there can be substantial range of values on the nutrition side, thickness and emulsification potential, even when the can lists only coconut on the ingredient list.. I have some favorites that are not from local sources, so I load up when I can get them. I often cut recipes, so I keep a remainder 1/2 can in the freezer. I don't use 'lite,' just dilute it a bit. No substitutes for this one!

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