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!