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.
Well my mission to try some new dairy free milks is proving a little harder than I expected. One of my favourite milks is soya only mainly because I personally find it easier to cook with. So when I spotted an organic soya milk in my local co-op I thought that I should give it a try. It is UHT and comes in a 1 lite carton. I personally found the packaging design to be a little unappealing. I assume it is meant to be representing a field but why there is a chicken on top of the word organic I’m not sure. Oh and one final criticism to this packaging I’ve yet to have a soya milk that is white. Sorry for moaning co-op.
The ingredients list is on the back of the carton with water, soya beans and flavourings noted. I’m intrigued to know what the flavouring is. The soya is clearly highlighted in bold as an allergen. There is no may contain warning. To the front of the packaging the milk is labelled as being suitable for vegans.
On opening the carton I was surprised that there was no nuttiness aroma to the milk. In fact it smelt pretty neutral, of nothing really. I viewed this as a positive. I’m personally not keen on milks that have a sweet artificial aroma. It poured easily into a glass and was the typical cream colour you get with soya milk. It was slightly thick and creamy in consistency. On sipping the milk it was smooth and slightly creamy in texture. There was a very faint nutty element to this milk I naively thought its flavour might have been a little more distinct being that it was an organic milk. That said I personally preferred this. It was nice to have a neutral tasting milk that didn’t taste artificially sweet like other brands that I have previously tried.
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. It did seem to impact on the texture of my Weetabix making it slightly smoother. This made a pleasant change and made it stand out from other soya milks that I have tried. On tasting the Weetabix it tasted just as a Weetabix should the milk did not impact on its flavour. This may sound a little strange but a couple of milks that I have previously tried have made my Weetabix have a slightly in sweet flavour. I personally don’t like this and if I have sweet tooth on a particular day I like to be able to choose to add a little sweetness to my Weetabix.
So would I recommend this soya milk, yes I would. It’s neutral flavour was spot and made a pleasant change to the other soya milks that I have tried. It wasn’t and artificially sweet and was nice and creamy and smooth. So if you follow a dairy free or vegan diet why not give this soya milk a try. So thank you co-op for producing a soya milk that I can enjoy.
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.
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.
Well, I am slowly working my way through a through a variety of dairy free milks. I was in Tesco’s the other day and decided to take advantage of their free from offers. As part of this I decided to buy their own branded almond milk. The milk is free from milk, wheat, gluten and soya, whilst also being suitable for both vegetarian and vegan diets. It comes in a simple carton with a picture of almonds and a picture of a dark cream milk. A 250ml serving contains 65 calories, 2.5g of fat, 10.0g of sugar and 0.3g of salt.
On opening the carton and pouring the milk into the glass I was immediately struck by the dark colour of the milk compared to others I’ve tried and it’s artificially sweet aroma. To me it smelt as if it had a hint of chocolate. I even got a work colleague to check and they agreed with me about the aroma. I was curious as I was wondering if I was going to have a chocolate style milk. I checked on line and Tesco’s didn’t have this so I definitely did have the right milk inside the carton. The milk itself was slightly thick in consistency compared to other almond milks I’ve tried. I personally thought that this was a good thing. On sipping the milk, I definitely thought that there was a artificial taste which was much sweeter than I anticipated with a hint of chocolatish taste. I personally found this a little strange as it was a plain almond milk. I tried this milk cold with cornflakes and didn’t need any sugar as the milk added sweetness to them. I also tried it warm, microwaving it for the same time as all the other milks I have tried. It heated well and kept it’s colour and consistency. I added my usual weetabix to it. The weetabix took on the sweet taste from the milk, which I personally didn’t like. I am afraid that I really didn’t enjoy this milk, I found the dark colour artificial slightly off putting. This with the sweet aroma and artificial sweetness to taste meant that it didn’t tick many boxes for me. I know that it is all down to personal taste, but this was definitely not for me, sorry Tesco’s. That said if you follow a dairy, and or lactose free diet and you have a slightly sweeter tooth this could be the milk for you.