Making your own coconut milk is easy but a little messy. I did this for the first time yesterday and am glad I finally tried it. Since I already had a mess I decided to make two double batches. I ended up with almost 5 cups of delicious coconut milk.
I made my coconut milk using the recipe from Tropical Traditions. I used shredded coconut I had purchased from Nuts.com, a blender, hot water, and cheese cloth or nut bag. I really like using the nut bag as it can be used over and over.
I did some more researched on the web and found another website that says you can soak 1 cup of coconut in 1 cup of hot water for 5 minutes and then squeeze through the cheese cloth or nut bag. I think I will try this next time. It will save on the clean up of the Ninja.
After my milk sat in the refrigerator over night I ended up with a hard layer on top. This is the oil separated from the milk. To reincorporate this you leave the milk to warm at room temperature and then stir it back in. This milk should keep 3 or 4 days refrigerated.