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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

rice or almond milk

There are a ton of recipes out there for making rice milk at home. Basically, they all come down to the same thing: cooked rice, and water. Add vanilla or whatever else you like, but blended rice and water is basically all that goes into rice milk. Here's what I did. Give it a try!

3 c water
1 c cooked rice -- basmati or brown work best for me

For almond milk, soak 1/2 c raw almonds overnight in 3 c water, and then follow the same blending instructions as for rice. 

Put into a drinks blender. Blend on high for two or three minutes. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla if you wish. I didn't bother adding any sweetener.

Now, pour and strain the rice milk. You can leave it unstrained, but I found that it was a bit sludgy at the bottom and I figured I wouldn't likely use that part anyway. So I used a little tea strainer to strain out, and squeeze and discard the extra mush.

If you do this process with almonds, to make almond milk, use 3 c water and soak 1/2 c raw almonds in it overnight before blending, and then keep the almond sludge to use in something yummy, like banana nut muffins or an Indian chicken korma. You can use other nuts, too, such as cashews, hazelnuts, or pecans, but I don't recommend just any type of nut. Peanuts and Brazil nuts I can't see working too well due to their higher oil content, for example.

And there you have it. Rice milk. As you can see, the end results yield not much more than the 3 cups of liquid you began with. Use your rice milk as a dairy replacement, or for Thai iced tea. It works just fine in breakfast muffins. I'm sure you can come up with more ways to use it!

**P.S. My son is now older than when I first made this post, and although he is over a year old he is still nursing a lot, and we are not comfortable with his consuming much dairy until he is two. We recently introduced "Daddy milk" -- warm vanilla rice milk -- as a way of giving him fluids and comfort snuggle time while gently cutting out an afternoon nursing session. It has worked really well! Boy loves his rice milk, and with a tiny bit of stevia added for sweetening it doesn't taste so different as cow or goat milk do from human milk. I hope that doesn't put any of you adults off trying rice milk for yourself! I simply mean that this rice milk doesn't have the same strong gamey flavor that even processed cow milk has in comparison to the very mild sweetness of mama milk. Plus, animal substitutes are often chock full of hormones and toxins (milk is where cows dump toxin waste from their bodies) that are very harmful to both developing and mature humans alike. At any rate, at least for the cheap cost of making your own rice milk, I suggest that it is worth a try! You and your kids may just love it.

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