Why I Started Making My Own Dairy Free Milks

Posted on February 20, 2021February 20, 2021Categories dairy freeTags
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I started making my own dairy free milks about a month ago and I thought I would share with you why. So if you have wondering about making dairy free milks keep reading. I also wrote another post a few weeks ago about how to make dairy free milks.

There are a variety of reasons why I started making my own dairy free milks. The main reason is because store bought dairy free milks are full of ingredients that are filers, gums and sugars as well as natural flavors. These things aren’t good for you and when you make your own, you use just the nut of grain, water and a little bit of salt.

Most store bought dairy free milks contain things such as carrageenan, guar gum, and other things that while they aren’t the absolute worst for your health, they can cause digestive issues when you consume too much. One of the reasons that a lot of us including me, are dairy free is because we have digestive issues, so using dairy free milks from the store can be contradictory to this.

I also initially thought that store bought dairy free milks are more expensive. I’ve since discovered that the reality is that the costs are really about the same. The main reason for this is that store bought almond milk for example only contains about 5 almonds in 64 oz. Yes, really the majority of it is water, gums and filers. When you make your own, you use a lot more almonds, (or coconut, cashews) etc to make your own dairy free milk. The end result is that you will use a lot more nuts for less milk. The cheapest place I’ve found nuts without having to buy very large quantities is at Costco.

The other thing I’ve discovered is that homemade almond and coconut milk tastes a lot better than store bought. In fact, if I had realized how good it tastes, I probably would have started making my own a lot sooner.

If you haven’t made your own dairy free milk get started today, you won’t regret it.

How to Make Dairy Free Milk

Posted on January 23, 2021January 23, 2021Categories dairy freeTags
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Are you wondering how to make dairy free milk? I know I’ve wanted to do it for sometime now but just recently started making dairy free milk. When I first looked into how to do it, I was turned off by all the nut bags, strainers and other messes it seemed I would need to have in order to make it work correctly. Then I found online a couple of expensive machines such as the Milk Cow and a few others. However, I still didn’t want to spend more than one hundred dollars on a machine to make dairy free milk.

Then one day I was searching on Amazon to see what else is out there and I found a simple to use inexpensive (around $25) nut milk maker.(affiliate link) I ordered it and I’ve been using it now for over a month and I love it.

The taste of the almond milk and coconut milk I’ve made so far is much better than store bought. Plus it’s cleaner because you don’t have the added gums, filers, sugars and preservatives. You can also make milk with this machine out of oats, hemp and other grains and seeds. I haven’t tried those yet.

What I like most about using this machine to make dairy free milks, is that it’s simple, with almost no mess and you don’t have to use a nut bag. When making almond milk you do have to soak the almonds for 12 hours first. However, I think that is a common practice when making any kind of almond milk. With coconut milk you only have to leave the coconut soaking for about 10 minutes. Then you just add water, put it in a blender to blend it and then it through the strainer that is attached to the glass carafe and you have a dairy free milk ready within 20 minutes. Almond milk takes longer than coconut milk and there is more pulp to throw away or put down your disposal. It is recommended to add 1 tsp of salt to almond milk. Coconut milk doesn’t need it.

Then you can store it in the glass carafe that comes with the nut milk chef tool for up to 4 days in your fridge.

I was a bit skeptical at first as to if it would really work and what the nut milks would taste like but it has worked out great for me and I’m sure will be cheaper in the long run as well. The only thing to watch out for, is that with almond milk you will have to push down on the liquid in the strainer a few times to get out all the milk.

5 Things I Learned From Reading Paleo Frozen Desserts

Posted on March 5, 2018March 6, 2018Categories Books, dairy freeTags
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Have you tried to make any paleo frozen desserts? I know I’ve tried them a few times but honestly, sometimes I just feel lazy. While I’m not really a strict paleo, I have been dairy free for some time which is a part of the paleo diet and lifestyle. However, since finding out in January that I have Hashimoto’s, I’ve been trying to go paleo as much as possible. I downloaded the book, Paleo Frozen Desserts: Amazing & Delicious, Quick & Easy, Low Calorie & Healthy on Amazon for free back in 2014 when it was available as a free download, (as of the date of this post in March 2018, it is $2.99), but had never really taken the time to read through it and use some of the recipes. However, lately, I’ve been experiencing sticker shock over the high cost of dairy-free ice creams. The average cost is about $5 for one pint depending on where you buy it, the brand and if it’s on sale or not. So it’s about 3 times more costly than ice cream made with cow’s milk.

So I recently took some more time to read through Paleo Frozen Desserts: Amazing & Delicious, Quick & Easy, Low Calorie & Healthy and found that making your own dairy-free ice cream, isn’t as difficult as it might seem.

Here are the five main things I’ve learned from reading this book:

1. You can use many of the same ingredients with dairy free ice cream as you do with ice cream made with cow’s milk. In fact, in most cases, all you need to do is change the cow’s milk for almond, coconut, cashew or other dairy free milk. You can also use the same ice cream maker you would use for regular ice cream.

2. Honey is a great sweetener and can be used with paleo frozen desserts just like you would sugar or other sweeteners.

3. You can use a blender to make dairy free ice cream and it makes it so easy. You just mix all the ingredients and then freeze for 5-6 hours.

4. 5-6 hours is the standard amount of time needed to make dairy free ice cream so the best way to make these paleo frozen desserts, is to plan ahead and make them at night so they can freeze while you are sleeping. Then in the morning, you will have delicious ice cream ready for you to eat and enjoy.

5. Almond flour can be used to make great cake pops. These are also really simple to make with just a few ingredients.

Which paleo frozen dessert do you want to try first?