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Freshona coconut milk/light LIDL 59p

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Posted 14th Oct 2019Available: National, South East, South, South West, London, East of England, West Midlands, East Midlands, Yorkshire & Lincolnshire, North West, North East, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland

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Really reasonable price for coconut milk.
Great for making a thai curry or rice pudding too.
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Personally, when I am trying to decide whether a particular brand of coconut milk is VFM, assuming the volume of the tins is the same and only if the additives are acceptable, I divide the cost by the percentage of "solids" listed and the lower the number, the better the value for money.

For example, Pride from Tesco costs 75p and "solids" 65% = 115; Tesco's own costs 90p and "solids" 51% = 176; Island Sun costs 79p and "solids" 27% = 292; KTC (which for me does not pass the additive check) costs 50p in Morrisons and "solids" 54% = 92

Please tell me what the % "solids" are in the Freshona?
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Personally, when I am trying to decide whether a particular brand of coconut milk is VFM, assuming the volume of the tins is the same and only if the additives are acceptable, I divide the cost by the percentage of "solids" listed and the lower the number, the better the value for money.

For example, Pride from Tesco costs 75p and "solids" 65% = 115; Tesco's own costs 90p and "solids" 51% = 176; Island Sun costs 79p and "solids" 27% = 292; KTC (which for me does not pass the additive check) costs 50p in Morrisons and "solids" 54% = 92

Please tell me what the % "solids" are in the Freshona?
It's 69p per tin in Lidl (NI) as i got 2 x tins today for Thai curry.

@cibarious 82% coconut (also water, stabiliser, sodium caboxy methyl cellulose, emulsifier, mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids, thickener, xanthan gum)
This coconut milk is great, it is thick and creamy I usually need a knife to dig it out, it makes it very good for dessert recipes and I can use one tin for thai curry, most other brands I end up using two as they can be thin and watery. shame my local doesn't sell it anymore. They now sell KTC.
Whammerhead14/10/2019 23:13

It's 69p per tin in Lidl (NI) as i got 2 x tins today for Thai …It's 69p per tin in Lidl (NI) as i got 2 x tins today for Thai curry.@cibarious 82% coconut (also water, stabiliser, sodium caboxy methyl cellulose, emulsifier, mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids, thickener, xanthan gum)



@Whammerhead - Thank you for that. On the face of it, even 69p and 82% looks like great VFM with an "end number" of 84...

...and now, for me at least, comes the BUT. I buy Coconut Milk which only has Coconut, water and Guar Gum as I keep additives to a minimum and the "jury is out" on sodium caboxymethyl cellulose.
@cibarious would you mind sharing which one you use as I too would like to cut down my additives
lovesit15/10/2019 20:06

@cibarious would you mind sharing which one you use as I too would like …@cibarious would you mind sharing which one you use as I too would like to cut down my additives


@lovesit - when it is available at its current price I stock up on Pride, at the moment available from Tesco for 75p. Ingredients are just Coconut Extract (65%), Water, Stabiliser (Guar Gum). Hope that helps.
@cibarious I do read most labels but only recently started cooking with coconut milk and never looked at the labels. Thank you for taking time to educate me
Edited by: "lovesit" 15th Oct 2019
@cibarious Good to see some have high standards as well as looking for a decent price. Have you tried Chaokoh Coconut Milk? It's available in Morrisons, Sainsbury's & Oriental supermarkets and for me, it's the best quality coconut milk you can get commercially even though it's only 53% Coconut (Water & Citric Acid are the only other ingredients). I normally stock up when it's £1 a can but I was going to try the Pride product so will give both Pride & the Lidl/Freshona a go.
lovesit15/10/2019 22:08

@cibarious I do read most labels but only recently started cooking with …@cibarious I do read most labels but only recently started cooking with coconut milk and never looked at the labels. Thank you for taking time to educate me



@lovesit - You are welcome. Coconut milk is so versatile, it works well with an enormous amount of cooking - soups, mashed potato, cakes to name but a few. Coconut oil is great too and not just for cooking as long as you buy cold pressed, organic - but then you knew that. Both Aldi and Lidl have decent quality.
frogman16/10/2019 00:38

@cibarious Good to see some have high standards as well as looking for a …@cibarious Good to see some have high standards as well as looking for a decent price. Have you tried Chaokoh Coconut Milk? It's available in Morrisons, Sainsbury's & Oriental supermarkets and for me, it's the best quality coconut milk you can get commercially even though it's only 53% Coconut (Water & Citric Acid are the only other ingredients). I normally stock up when it's £1 a can but I was going to try the Pride product so will give both Pride & the Lidl/Freshona a go.



@frogman - Thank you for the Chaokoh suggestion, I will give it a go! May I ask why you feel it is the best commercially available?
@cibarious Widely used & recommended by Thai ex-pats... and Thai restaurants.
sandrabear15/10/2019 00:06

This coconut milk is great, it is thick and creamy I usually need a knife …This coconut milk is great, it is thick and creamy I usually need a knife to dig it out, it makes it very good for dessert recipes and I can use one tin for thai curry, most other brands I end up using two as they can be thin and watery. shame my local doesn't sell it anymore. They now sell KTC.



Indeed, our lidl is the same which is a shame. I used to love their coco milk and the KTC stuff is rubbish as not creamy and thick.
frogman16/10/2019 11:18

@cibarious Widely used & recommended by Thai ex-pats... and Thai …@cibarious Widely used & recommended by Thai ex-pats... and Thai restaurants.



@frogman - that is interesting as Pride is also Thai.
I think the Pride brand is Indian but the coconut milk may be sourced from Thailand... obviously! In the end, it’s best to try & decide for yourself.
frogman16/10/2019 12:32

I think the Pride brand is Indian but the coconut milk may be sourced from …I think the Pride brand is Indian but the coconut milk may be sourced from Thailand... obviously! In the end, it’s best to try & decide for yourself.



@frogman - Pride are a Westmill brand and in turn are owned by Associated British Foods. You might be a little curious to discovery the brands that Westmill have in their cupboard.

westmill.co.uk/wp-…pdf

Will still try Chaokohas as my curiosity is now well and truly piqued Thank you.
Edited by: "cibarious" 16th Oct 2019
This is a better brand for me. More coconut cream instead of water
sandrabear15/10/2019 00:06

This coconut milk is great, it is thick and creamy I usually need a knife …This coconut milk is great, it is thick and creamy I usually need a knife to dig it out, it makes it very good for dessert recipes and I can use one tin for thai curry, most other brands I end up using two as they can be thin and watery. shame my local doesn't sell it anymore. They now sell KTC.



They may bring it back they stopped their Freshona tomato puree for awhile, replacing it with KTC but noticed they have the Freshona back again.
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