This is a link to a shopping list for organic products both with and without carrageenan...
Frustrating, isn't it?! I know. Sometimes it makes one rather weary. I realize it's impossible to avoid everything that is potentially harmful, but I do try to at least minimize exposure wherever it is possible.
Around here, we typically use coconut milk for things like smoothies. Most of the coconut milk, like So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk, contains carrageenan. What to do???? Make your own, of course! I found a recipe on Food Babe's Blog for making your own coconut milk out of either a fresh coconut or dried, shredded coconut. (Food Babe's blog is awesome! So much info!) Since good, fresh coconuts are difficult to come by in Montana, I used the shredded variety. This is a crazy easy thing to do. I'll show you in a few pictures. (I took the pics, not Kyra...sorry. A photographer, I am not.)
In a bowl, mix 3 cups of very warm water and 2 cups of shredded coconut (not sweetened!). Let it sit for a few minutes. I don't know how long I left it there, but it was long enough for me to fold a load of laundry. That is how I tell time...by tasks. :)
Next I put it in my Vitamix and blended it...ummmm....for a while. Maybe a minute or so.
After it had blended, I put it through a sieve and then put it in a piece of fabric to squeeze out the remaining liquid.
I tried to get as much of the liquid out as possible, then put the milk in a Mason jar and stuck it in the fridge. I am keeping the coconut remains, but am not certain what I shall do with it. I suppose I shall have to give it a Google. :-)
There you are...homemade coconut milk with no additives. This was so easy!