America loves milk, and so do many other cultures. However, cow’s milk does not settle well with many people, and even changing to goat milk, does not work. Nondairy milk bridges our use of milk in our everyday diet, and our allergy or intolerance to our favorite drink.
How to make nondairy milk
I would say that no matter which substitute you try, make sure there is a vitamin D supplement (or add your own). Also, if you can make your own milk, which is healthier than the store-bought. You can make your own milk using just about any grain, seed or nut. Follow these simple directions.
1 1/2 cups of nuts, seeds or grains (can be ground or whole)
I large jar or blender jar
1 blender or food processor
A large bowl for straining
4 cups of water
Soak your nuts or seeds overnight, or for at least 6 hours in water. Blend or process the mixture until blended and the nut contents are ground. Lay your cheesecloth in the strainer over a bowl, and pour the contents through your strainer. Pull the cheesecloth into a sack and squeeze out the liquid from the nut material. Toss out the nut material, as it is now too bland for any other use. Store your nondairy milk in a glass container in the refrigerator. Makes 4 cups.
You can check out my tutorial for making almond milk if you need more specific directions.
Here are some ideas to make nondairy milk
Is your nondairy milk too bland?
Add natural fruit juices or vegetables to alter the vitamin content and taste. Add vanilla bean, dates, beet or berry powder to liven up your milk. Add a touch of stevia or other sweetener to sweeten it.
Our favorite is the vanilla and stevia, and the amazing thing is the transition has actually been quite painless.:-) Do you have more milk ideas? List them below!