Buying non-dairy milks can be expensive, especially when you’re buying organic. These alternatives are becoming more and more prevalent each day as more and more people are being educated on the horrors of the dairy industry – not to mention all the insane things that are in cow’s milk these days. I’m not going to list them here, but if you’re at all interested in the subject, google “what’s in my milk”.
I’ve been off dairy for about a year now, and I have never felt better. I have tried all the alternatives: soy, almond, rice, oat, hemp et al. Although these alternatives are healthier than cow’s milk, many of the store-bought versions contain many unnecessary additives as well, and an insane amount of packaging that just ends up in our landfills.
Being a people, animal AND earth advocate, I decided to start experimenting with making my own milk. And with this simple recipe, I made my very own home-made organic brown rice milk. This here is the definition of getting your bang for your buck! Plus it’s super low-fat, vegan & gluten-free.
– 1/2 cup organic long grain brown rice
– 4 cups of water
– 1/4 teaspoon of salt
-bring water & rice to a boil
– simmer for 90 minutes (if you do not have a high-speed blender, simmer for 3 hours)
– remove from heat and let cool
– add mixture (there will be excess water) to blender and add another 4 cups of water
– blend on high speed until smooth
– strain through a milk bag / cheese cloth / finely woven strainer
– either compost pulp (you may get a tablespoon of pulp, max!), add to a smoothie, or give it to your pets! It’s pure whole grain fibre, and they LOVE the taste. Well at least my dogs do 🙂
* optional: add a little vanilla if you wish, or sweetener of choice to the blender if you would like your milk slightly sweet. You may also add cacao powder to make chocolate rice milk!
Yield: 2 litres
(you read that right! 2 litres of organic brown rice milk out of 1/2 cup of dry rice)