Making your own milk

One of the advantages of drinking plant-based milk is that you can make your own. You can’t do this with dairy unless you get your own cow. For a little while, I’ve been trying to make my own oat milk using a cotton bag to strain it. This is quite messy and time-consuming so I never really got into. Then I discovered this Spanish product, Vegan Milker, which dispenses with the need to strain it through a cotton bag. All you need is a hand mixer.

Making your own milk has so many advantages.

  1. It’s way cheaper. I’ve worked out I can make 1L of oat milk for about 35p.
  2. There’s less waste. Something that annoys me about plant-based milks is they only come in 1L tetra paks. Our whole family drinks oat milk and we can easily go through 1L per day which is a lot of cartons. They are apparently recyclable and we always put them out with the recycling but far better is not to have that waste at all.
  3. You can put whatever you want in it. If you want to increase the amount of calcium in it then you can. If you want it sweeter then you can add sugar, dates, maple syrup – whatever you want. Commercially bought oat milk usually contains oil but I never put oil in when I make it at home. You can even add vitamins like B12 if you want.
  4. You can make any type of milk including oat, almond, soya, cashew …. Get creative!



17 responses to “Making your own milk”

  1. ! I didn’t know it was possible to create milk from plants. Could you share the recipe?

    1. Sure!

      * Two cups oats
      * 1L water
      * 1-2 dates depending on how sweet you like it
      * a pinch of salt
      * tsp of vanilla

      1. Awesome. Thank you! 🙂

          1. There’s a coincidence, just went there (pointed to it by the WordPress Reader). Those cookies look scrummy!

  2. Oh that sounds good. I would be tempted to have a go at that. Expense and tetrapaks put me off buying milk alternatives. I have made soy milk but it was so messy.

    1. I tried soy milk once too and it seemed more trouble than it was worth. You really need the straining cloth to get the right consistency but that is so messy. I haven’t tried making soy milk with the vegan milker but I might give it a try.

      1. Oh which version of the vegan milker did you get? (I got confused on the website)

  3. Just in case anyone wants to say that oat milk isn’t milk, I’ll quote Stephen Fry:

    “… and peanut butter isn’t butter, quince cheese isn’t cheese, cream of coconut isn’t cream … try as dairy farmers might, history and the nature of language development will decide”

    “If you can milk an audience for applause and if you can milk a topic for discussion for all its worth, then I reckon you can milk an oat. You can happily carry a meaning across difference frames of reference and spheres of activity. The Greek for carrying across is “metaphor” …”

  4. This looks good – but, alas, no sellers are currently delivering to New Zealand 😦

    1. You can just strain it through cotton cloth but it’s messy and time consuming to do that.

      1. Yes, I’ve done that, and like you, I gave up on it – lol!

  5. […] so excited about making my own oat milk that I’ve been experimenting a bit with different recipes to get a flavour that I like. […]

  6. Just emailed my other half about this. I think we may end up getting one.

    1. Great! I’ll be keen to hear how you get on with it. There are lots of recipes on their website. I put a recipe I’ve been following, including adding calcium, here

  7. […] makes me so happy. One of the reasons I tried making my own milk for a time last year was because I didn’t want to continue creating milk carton waste. Yes, […]

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