Non-Dairy Milk Creating New Flavor

Ever thought of non-dairy milk as a sustainable alternative to traditional dairy? There are more choices than ever: soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, cashew milk, hemp milk, coconut milk, oat milk and more! Non-dairy milk is healthier than cow-milk and going dairy-free is also better for the environment and of course, the animals. Choosing to drink non-dairy milk is a no-brainer for some but with so many choices, how do we know which type to buy? If we are just drinking the milk, then we just choose the one we think tastes best. But what about cooking and baking – how do we know which type of milk works best in which recipes? It does matter, not all non-dairy milk is equal!

Check out these 5 milk products to help satisfy your cooking and baking needs.

1. Soy Milk

Of all the non-dairy milks available, soy milk has the most protein and in that regard is comparable to cow’s milk. It is hearty, rich and creamy. Soy milk is good for drinking straight from the glass, poured over cereal or in coffee. The taste is nutty and slightly sweet. When it comes to cooking, soy milk is one of the best milks to choose. It can be used in place of cow’s milk in any recipe.  It is stable at high temperatures which makes it a good choice for savory dishes and sauces. In baking, soy milk is also one of the best choices because of its high protein content.

 

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2. Almond Milk

Almond milk is probably the most popular non-dairy milk. It is high in vitamins and other nutrients, however, it does not contain much protein. Almond milk is slightly sweet, nutty and creamy. It is delicious straight from the glass, in your coffee or poured over cereal.  Almond milk can be used in all recipes, sweet and savory, though some might find it a bit sweet for savory dishes and prefer to reserve almond milk for desserts and smoothies.

 

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3. Cashew Milk

Cashew milk is similar to almond milk in that it does not contain much protein. Cashew milk is very creamy and is a good choice for drinking, adding to coffee or pouring over cereal. It can be used in cooking and baking, and in both sweet and savory dishes, just as we use cashew nuts in so many recipes. 

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4. Coconut Milk

When it comes to coconut milk, there is a difference between coconut milk beverages and the coconut milk that comes in a can. Coconut milk beverages are more popular than ever when it comes to non-dairy milk. They are rich and creamy with a good amount of fat but not a lot of protein. Coconut milk is ideal for drinking straight from the glass, adding to coffee or smoothies or pouring over cereal. It works well in cooking and baking. The coconut flavor is prominent but dissipates when added to recipes.

Coconut milk in the can, however, is not one you want to drink straight from the glass. Prepared from coconut meat, it is way too thick and creamy to drink. It is wonderful in soups, stews, curries and sauces. It is thick enough to whip into whipped cream and to make creamy puddings.

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5. Rice Milk

Rice milk is comparably thinner than other non-dairy milk. It is made by blending boiled rice with water and adding sweetener. It has a light, sweet flavor that is good for adding to coffee or pouring over cereal. Some people think rice milk has the closest taste to cow’s milk. Its sweet taste makes it a good choice for desserts and its delicate texture makes it work well in soups and light sauces but it may be too sweet for more savory recipes. Rice milk can be used for baking but because it is so light, the recipe will likely require some other type of thickening agent such as flour or cornstarch.

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There is simply no good reason to keep drinking cow’s milk when there are so many plant-based milks available that are delicious, healthy and wonderful in every recipe. Book one of our chefs on ChefXchange to help you pull out the best recipe with non-dairy milk!