When I found out how easy it was to make my own rice milk, I was all in. It was as simple as cooking rice in my rice cooker because I always screw it up on the stove. Then, taking one cup of cooked rice and putting it in four cups of water in a standard blender. Blend it on high for at least three minutes, and viola! You've got rice milk.
If you'd like to strain it you can do so using a cheese cloth. I mostly use it in smoothies or for pureed foods for my son, so I don't usually strain mine. It's a matter of preference.
What about other kinds of "milk"?
It's not just rice milk that's easy to make. I've made several types of non-dairy milk alternatives. They are all so simple! Here are the types I've made myself:
Oat milk uses the same ratio of one cup of oats to four cups of water. However, the oats need to be soaked for at least 20 minutes. After it has soaked, drain the water off and put it in four cups of water in the blender and mix for at least three minutes. I'd suggest straining oat milk for a little smoother texture.
If you are making any kind of nut milk, the nuts need to be soaked first. They should be soaked for at least 2 hours, but overnight is best. Drain the water off and place the cup of pre-soaked almonds in 4 cups of water and blend for 3 to 5 minutes. Then use a cheese cloth to strain the milk. This process should work for any type of nut, I have only tried almonds so I cannot speak to other types of nuts.
Why Make Your Own Milk Alternative?
If you want to avoid dairy products, specifically milk, you may be interested in making your own alternative. They are great non-dairy products that can be used in most recipes instead of milk. But why?
Making your own out of natural, whole foods means the result has no additives, chemicals, or harmful ingredients. Using minimally processed foods means the "milk" you make is not processed using hidden ingredients. It's natural and whole, and you know what's in it!
I started making my own veggie broth just so I would have some type of nutrient-rich broth to use to puree foods for my son. I was surprised at how simple it was to make and I've learned to use it for so many different things. Here are the steps I take to keep this on hand for making soups, beans, and lots of other dishes.
I keep a zipper freezer bag ready to go all the time. At any given time, you'll find a freezer bag partially filled with veggie pieces. Once it gets full, I make my broth. What do I put in it? Almost anything you cut off a vegetable can go in the bag. Pepper tops, onion ends, broccoli stalks, cauliflower leaves, tops of carrots, and tons of other bits and pieces. Once the bag gets full I am ready to make the broth.
Making the Broth
I use an instant pot to make my veggie broth. But before I had my instant pot I cooked it on super low on the stove for several hours. Either way works fine. Simply put the frozen (or fresh) veggie pieces in the pot and cover with water. Let it simmer for three or four hours on the stove. Or, if you are using the instant pot, set it to cook for 11 minutes. Once it is done, you can either let the steam off manually or let it go down naturally.
After the broth is done, use a strainer to separate the now cooked veggies from the broth. I suggest putting the veggies in the compost pile if you have one. Then store the broth in a glass jar for up to a week in the fridge. You can also freeze it and use it in beans, rice, or soups as needed.
I love this recipe. It is high in calories, but is a great sweet option without processed sugar. It only uses healthy ingredients and tastes wonderful. It can be used to make caramel apples as it hardens as it cools. But my favorite way to eat it is by dipping fruit in it while it's warm. I've tried it with bananas, apples, oranges, pineapples.... it's great with all of them. And the best thing? It takes about 5 minutes to make. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
5-Minute Caramel Ingredients
This is as easy as it gets! Put all the ingredients together in a small saucepan and whisk it as they melt together over a low heat. Remove and enjoy it warm, or let it cool to room temperature. It will harden in the fridge if you'd like to coat fruit for later. It also reheats nicely if you want to save some for a treat later.