Review of Rice Dream Rice Milk

Well my mission to try some new dairy free milks has not been that successful. So I have been trying to make a real effort lately and try some new varieties of dairy free milk. So I headed onto Ocado and searched for dairy free milk. One milk that seemed to grab my attention was Rice Dream rice milk. Now I’ve never tried rice milk before so I decided to give it a try. I liked the blue and green colour to the packaging with a picture of milk cascading to the bottom.

The ingredients list is on the side of the carton with water, rice (14%), calcium, phosphate, stabilizer: gellan gum, sea salt vitamins D and B12 listed. There is no may contain warning. The milk is labelled as being dairy free, gluten free and suitable for vegans.

On opening the carton I was surprised that there was only a faint and subtle rice aroma to the milk. In fact it smelt pretty neutral and did not change on my famous close up sniff test. This was a little disappointing if I am honest as I expected this to be much stronger. It poured easily into a glass and was a light white colour. It was slightly thin and very watery in consistency. On sipping the milk it had a very similar texture to that of water. There was definitely a ricie element which was subtle but not to overpowering. The best way I can describe this is if you don’t quiet drain your rice properly and have a bit of the water on your plate it’s very similar to this with a little sweetness added. I also warmed the milk for 90 seconds in the microwave ready for my famous Weetabix test. It microwaved well and did not separate or form a skin to the top of the milk. Its aroma remained the same I had hoped that the aroma may intensify slightly, but this may be a tad unfair. The milk was absorbed easily by the Weetabix. In fact I needed a higher volume compared to other milks to try to get the Weetabix the way I like them. Sadly, this didn’t happen it was just like I had added water, which I have done previously when I have forgotten to take my milk to work. On tasting the Weetabix it didn’t impact on its flavour. I viewed this as a positive this may sound a little strange but a couple of milks that I have previously tried have made my Weetabix have an artificially slightly sweet flavour. I personally don’t like this and like to my Weetabix to be as plain as possible.

So would I recommend this rice milk? No I wouldn’t its thin consistency and the lack of flavour made it an unappealing milk. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or vegan diet perhaps give this milk a miss. Sorry Rice Dream but this really wasn’t to my liking.

Review of Provamel Organic Unsweetened Soya Milk

Well my mission to try some new alternative milks which are suitable for a dairy and or lactose free diet failed. So I thought it was about time that I got back on track and restarted this mission. For a long time I enjoyed soya milk as part of my diet mainly with my breakfast. Then I discovered almond milk and have been enjoying unsweetened almond milk instead. I thought that was time for a change and decided to try soya milk again. On returning from my recent holiday I realised that I had no milk at home so I popped into the local co-op to see what choices they had. The only option was Provamel soya milk so the decision was made for me.
It is UHT and comes in a 500ml carton. I personally found the packaging design to be a little dull and uninviting. The main colour of the carton is a cross between grey and beige. There is some milk cascading across the front with three soya beans underneath. To the bottom of the carton it is labelled as being suitable for a vegan diet and is marketed as being CO2 neutral. The ingredients list is on the back of the carton, with water and hulled soya beans being listed. The soya is clearly highlighted in bold. It is labelled as being gluten free and lactose free underneath the ingredients list.
On opening the carton I noted a slight nuttiness aroma to the milk. It poured easily into a glass and was the typical cream colour you get with soya milk. It was nice and slightly thick in consistency but not creamy. On sipping the milk it smooth in texture and tasted a little nutty very similar to other brands of soya milk I have previously tried. I naively thought its flavour might have been a little more distinct being that it was organic and more expensive in comparison to other brands that I have previously tried. That said it didn’t taste artificially sweet like other brands that I have previously tried. So maybe I am being a little unfair.
I also warmed the milk for 90 seconds in the microwave ready for my famous Weetabix test. It microwaved well and did not separate, or form a skin to the top of the milk. It was absorbed easily by the weetabix. On tasting the Weetabix it tasted just as a Weetabix should the milk did not impact on it’s flavour. For me personally this is a big plus because a couple of milks that I have previously tried have made my Weetabix have a slight artificial sweet flavour. This is not good I like my Weetabix plain and sugar free.

So would I recommend this soya milk, yes I would. It comes in a smaller size which is great if you are away or do not use enough soya milk and a 1 litre carton is to big. It’s flavour was spot on it tasted as soya milk should and didn’t come with that artificial sweetness that you can sometimes get even with unsweetened milks. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free, lactose free, or vegan diet why not give this soya milk a try. So thank you Provamel for producing another soya milk that I can enjoy.

Review of Good Hemp Milk

Well, it’s been a little while since I have tried a new milk alternative. So I thought I should try something completely different and opted for hemp milk. I choose The Good Hemp Food milk in a UHT form, mainly because I liked the simple bright vibrant blue packaging with a picture of milk cascading at the bottom. It is advertised as a dairy free alternative to milk and soya. It also highlights on the side of the packaging that it is free from allergens highlighting that it is lactose, gluten and GMO free, whilst being suitable for vegans.
I gave the carton a gentle shake prior to opening it. I personally liked the fact that it had an easy to undo and reveal cap to the top of the packet. on opening the carton there was what I would describe as a faint nutty aroma noted, which was pleasant. I found it very easy to pour the milk into a bowl, with no unexpected spills occurring. The milk itself was a pale cream colour and of what I would describe as a medium consistency when comparing it to other milks. and I did not note any stronger aroma once placed into the bowl. I heated the milk in the microwave for my usual time to enjoy it with my Weetabix for breakfast. It heated well, no separation or skin formation occurred. I then placed my usual 2 Weetabix into the bowl. Interestingly, it changed the consistency compared to normal, being slightly thicker. I had this milk for the following 2 days and the consistency of the Weetabix remained the same. This resulted in a slightly different texture to my breakfast cereal compared to normal, which made a nice change. As for the taste of my Weetabix, well the milk added very faint what I would describe as nutty to it, with a slight sweet element noted. However, this did not really impact on the overall flavour of my Weetabix. I also had the milk cold with granola, I personally felt that the milk impacted slightly on the flavour of my granola compared to other milks I have tried. That said it did not impact of the enjoyment of eating the granola. I also tried a little in a glass neat 🙂 and although I really struggle to drink any dairy free milk for psychological reasons, I found it quiet pleasant.
I am looking forward to using as part of both a sweet and savoury treat when cooking as it heated well, and had a mild subtle flavour. Overall, I enjoyed this milk and am glad that I have tried something different. I will definitely buy this again. So thank you Good Hemp Food for producing an allergen friendly milk that both I and many others can try.

Review of Tesco’s Everyday Value UHT Unsweetened Soya Milk

Well I have managed to try and review a couple of brands of alternative dairy free milks on my blog recently. It was recommended that I try some own branded value milks to compare and contrast the brands and ascertain if price was a factor in the quality and taste of the various milks. I was in Tesco’s the other day so I thought I would grab a carton of their value soya milk. Now I personally prefer unsweetened milks so I thought I would give this a go. It comes in a simple plain pretty unappealing light tan coloured carton with a cup of tea on the front and back. A 250ml carton contains 85 calories, 4.8g of fat, 0.3g of sugar and 0.2g of salt.
On opening the milk and pouring it into the a glass it had a slightly dark rich cream colour, that was pretty identical to other own branded soya milks I have tried. It also looked slightly thicker and creamier than other milks that I have tried. There was no sweet artificial aroma noted, in fact it was pretty neutral, which I personally like. On sipping the milk I thought it had a pretty neutral taste, and defintley didn’t have an artificially sweet taste. I really liked this, the texture was slightly thick and smooth and was spot on.
I then heated the milk in the microwave for the same time as the other milks I have tried to have with my old faithful weetabix. Being low in calories made it a perfect addition to my fasting day as part of the 5:2 diet. It heated well and did not change its consistency or form a slight skin to the top. I mixed it up with my weetabix to its usual baby food consistency. The weetabix tasted as it should be, the milks flavour didn’t impact on its flavour. There was no sweeteness noted. For me personally it was the perfect way to enjoy my weetabix. Would I have this milk again defintley, it was one of the nicest alternative milks I have tried. So if you follow a dairy, lactose, gluten, wheat or nut free diet or are vegetarian or vegan this milk is defintley worth a try. So thank you Tesco’s for producing a great unsweetened soya milk.