I realize this thread hasn't been commented on for a bit, but I want to comment on making coconut milk. Use hot water (hot hot hot, but not boiling), and blend right away while the water is hot. It will help get all the fat from the flakes. No need to soak it. Using hot water makes it hard to squeeze the bag at the end to get all the good stuff out, but you will end up with a richer, creamier milk. You can try squeezing the bag between a couple pans - I use silicon oven mitts.