How long can coconut milk last in the fridge?
I opened up a can of coconut milk the other day and was unable to use it all. I placed the remainder of the coconut milk into a sealed container in the fridge. I was wondering how long this would be good for?
StillTasty is a good resource for questions like this. In thise case: http://stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/16916 . If you're not going to use it in the next few days, freeze it in ice cube trays, then transfer the milk-cubes to a freezer bag.
@Kyra: I'm avoiding posting it as an answer because I think we should do so in a more general manner. See my meta question @ http://meta.cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/1336/should-we-have-a-general-reference-shelf-life-question
possible duplicate: http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/18254/how-do-i-make-coconut-milk-at-home. The subject line is different, but the question is essentially the same.
There are 2 ways of looking at it; how long it will be safe to eat (ie from food poisoning) and how long it will still be appetizing and taste alright (ie not gone rancid).
As you've taken it from the tin it won't get that tinny flavour but as time goes on may absorb other flavours from the fridge so make sure you keep it away from anything that is strongly smelling. Also as around 87% of the coconut milk is fats it will soon go rancid, so keep that in mind, (you'll know when it does by giving it a quick sniff).
In terms of food safety, if it's UHT which most are, then it could probably last for a long time (as long as UHT milk) so about 2 1/2 weeks I'd say. Otherwise if it's not UHT then not as long. I would say about the same time as fresh milk so around a week as it contains sugars and fats and so is a very compelling proposition for any bacteria.
Hope this helps!