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« on: May 15, 2007 02:45:48 PM »

I am looking into alternatives to milk as I'm still making progress into being full vegan. Some websites vouched for soy, while still others proclaimed that soy milk was harsh on the stomach.
Another website claimed rice milk was an excellent choice, but lacking in any nutrients or health benefits.

Then I found a website that touted the claim that to drink rice milk is essentially to drink "starchy water" and you can make your own.

The recipe they provided was to boil 2 cups rice to 10 cups water, adding sweetener or vanilla as desired. Being that milk alternatives are costly, has anyone tried making their own rice milk? or known anyone who has made rice milk?

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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2007 07:34:38 PM »

I've made rice milk a couple of times. It's a lot of work and really messy. (I had to strain it with cheesecloth, etc etc.) For me, it wasn't worth the trouble.

You can get enriched rice milk that has calcium, vitamins A, D, B12. I used to buy Rice Dream brand in the shelf-stable packaging (Tetra packs).

Milk alternatives are just as "controversial" as real milk. One person swears up and down that it will give you perfect health, while the next swears it's going to kill you.  Wink

Maybe try buying a book about veganism (or check the library). A lot of people recommend Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis & Vesanto Melina (both registered dietitians). It has a ton of information about how to be a healthy vegan.

The thing about websites is that anyone can post anything they want. Check out who's writing the websites, what their credentials are, whether there's any fact checking, peer review, references, etc. Then you can decide for yourself who you want to believe!

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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2007 01:38:55 PM »

I have made soy milk many times. I think it's quite easy, it can be a bit messy though:

-what has happened here??
-The milk boiled a little on the stove..
-I wonder what it looks like when it boils a lot on stove.
And I had already cleaned up most of the mess

Homemade soy milk is good for cooking and baking, but it's not so good for drinkin because it tastes too much like soy. But I don't think I've ever tried soy milks that you can buy from stores, so I don't know if they taste as much soy.

There's also oat milk. I think it can be made at home too, but I don't know how.

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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2007 05:19:49 PM »

I use soy milk and, although I've never tried making it, I buy it from the store and its a little less than $4 a gallon. A gallon normally lasts me a week or two so I figure that's not too bad. I normally don't drink it striaght though so if you do then you might need a little more. I just use it to bake and in cereal and such.

« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2007 05:50:31 AM »

I usually buy fortified rice milk at the store, 'cause I basically drink rice milk to get enough calcium...

So I wouldn't make my own rice milk...as it's just rice with water to me.

However, I do make my own nut/seed milks, which are quite nutritious. Especially sesame milk which is excellent in banana smoothies.

Rule of thumb is:
you soak one part of nuts or seeds overnight (or for app. 6-8 hours), strain them and then put them in the blender with 3-4 parts of water.
Blend well and strain over a bowl or whatever you want to store your milk in.
The leftover pulp can be used again to make a lighter milk (use less water though).

What's left over after that  could be used in burgers or as a facial scrub I suppose.
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2007 02:25:07 PM »

I use Silk Unsweetened Soy Milk for me and my kids.
The regular silk was too sweet, it tasted like cereal milk after you eat all the cereal.  Tongue

I like the soy, because it adds some protein and calcium to my diet that I don't always get. (I must admit, even though I am vegan, I still don't eat the healthiest in the world. - let's face it, french fries are vegan, but not the best for you...)

The main thing to remember is, anything you think of as "milk" will taste disgusting at first. You have to keep in mind that it is a whole different drink/ingredient. When I quit thinking of it as a milk substitute, it tasted a lot better. Besides, after 3 weeks, the body naturally gets used to things. I actually prefer the taste of soy milk to cow's milk now.

« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2007 12:09:46 PM »

I have a related, but separate question: Can rice milk and soy milk be interchanged in recipes? (Apologies in advance if this was not the place to ask this question... I'm a very new noob! Undecided)
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2007 01:52:14 PM »

I personally LOVE rice milk.  It's not chalky or beany like soy milk, and it's slightly sweet so it's good just for drinkin' or using with cereal.  I use it for cooking and baking, too.  I say go with Rice milk, just cuz not enough people use it. And it's cheaper than soy milk.  And who knows, you may be allergic to soy and not know it (a lot of people are).  GO RICE YAY!

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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2007 09:04:09 PM »

I also really like almond milk, use the recipe that someone mentioned earlier for nut/grain milks. If you like it a little sweeter, try adding agave nectar and a bit of vanilla extract.

I use it almond and rice milks in smoothies (with tofu and pear nectar and avocados and honey and vanilla) and in my raw almond-oat porridge.

In terms of people having tummy trouble from soymilk, just know that if you are introducing soy to your body for the first time (or even if it's just been a few weeks since you've had it), the body needs time to adjust. I frequently forget about the joy of soy every so often and have to go through a re-introduction period. So if you can, go little bits at first, as there's bound to be some gastrointestinal reaction. Then you can just work your way up and be fine! I've noticed the same thing happens when I havent' had certain veggies in a while, either, so I figure it's pretty normal.

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« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2007 08:19:24 AM »

My mom has been allergic to dairy for about 30 years- not lactose intolerant- <i>allergic</i>. She can't have anything with whey, lactose, casein, etc. My boyfriend is also allergic and I just found out I am as well!...which is probbaly for the best considering how bad dairy is for you anyway. My mom's always drank plain rice dream rice milk and used it in exact amounts in place of milk in recipes. Also try whole foods market 365 brand it is a lot cheaper than the bigger brands. And its organic, too! In desserts and sweeter recipes you can also replace milk with coconut milk, almond or oat milk. Just remember they'll probably change the flavor a bit.
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