Making 'milk'

July 11, 2020

 

One of the reasons I resisted to live a vegan lifestyle was my addiction to milk - and dislike of unsweetened soy milk. But then I was offered a glass of freshly made almond milk and quickly changed my mind. You can make milk from many seeds, nuts and legumes. Both taste and sourcing are my factors for choosing which to make.

 

Zero Waste tipp:

 

I always use the residues (the meal of whatever I used to make milk) for baking, in oats, to bake bread, make vegan cheese... and if I know I won't be baking the next days, I put the meal to dry and use it later. 

 

 

Here are my current 'go to' milks:

 

 

Sunflower seed milk

 

ca 70g sunflower seeds

1l water

1 pinch of salt

opt: 4 dates (to make sweet)

 

Put all the ingredients into a blender and mix it for 2 minutes at high speed. Pour through a strainer or cloth and fill in a bottle. Stays fresh for up to 3 days. 

To me, this milk most resembles cow milk, plus it's the least expensive and relatively local.

 

 

Almond milk

 

ca 70g almonds - soaked overnight

1l water

1 pinch of salt

opt: 4 dates (to make sweet)

 

Strain almonds and put all the ingredients into a blender and mix it for 2 minutes at high speed. Pour through a strainer or cloth and fill milk in a bottle. Stays fresh for up to 3 days. 

Depending on the quality of your almonds, this milk can have a bit of a marzipan taste. In Portugal, I make this with local almonds. If I had to buy some from the US, I would't make chose almonds. 

 

 

Hemp seed milk

 

ca 70g hemp seeds (with shell)

1l water

1 pinch of salt

opt: 4 dates (to make sweet)

 

Put all the ingredients into a blender and mix it for 2 minutes at high speed. Pour through a strainer or cloth and fill milk in a bottle. Stays fresh for up to 3 days. 

Hemp seeds have a distinct nutty taste. 

 

 

Oat milk

 

ca 80h whole grain oats

1l water

1 pinch of salt

opt: 4 dates (to make sweet)

opt: pinch of cinnamon

 

Put all the ingredients into a blender and mix it for 1 minute at high speed. Pour through a strainer or cloth and fill milk in a bottle. Stays fresh for up to 3 days. 

Oat milk is the cheapest of all milks, but it's also the one that needs most cleaning time after. The oat meal is quite sticky. 

 

 

 

 

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