Review of Plenish Organic Hazelnut 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 Plenish organic hazelnut milk. Now I’ve never tried hazelnut milk before so I decided to give it a try. I personally liked the simplicity to the design of packaging with 3 hazelnuts to the right bottom of the carton.

The ingredients list is on the back of the carton with water, hazelnuts 5% and sea salt noted. So I was a little disappointed by this. The hazelnut is clearly highlighted in bold as an allergen. There is no may contain warning. The milk is labelled as being dairy free and suitable for vegans. My only concern with this milk alternative is the lack of calcium. As someone who has been on a dairy free diet for a many years it is fair to say that this important factor for me when choosing a milk.

On opening the carton I was surprised that there was only a faint and subtle nuttiness 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 being that it was a nut based milk. It poured easily into a glass it was a cross between a light brown and a dark cream in colour but. It was slightly thin and slightly watery in consistency. On sipping the milk it was slightly smooth but not creamy in texture. There was definitely a nutty element that tasted of hazelnuts to this milk, which was subtle but not to overpowering. 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 seemed 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. On tasting the Weetabix it only had a faint hint of hazelnut and didn’t really 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 hazelnut milk? Yes I would. Its subtle nutty flavour was spot on and made a pleasant change to the other milks that I have tried. It wasn’t artificially sweet and wasn’t too creamy. So if you follow a dairy free, or a vegan diet why not give this milk a try. So thank you Plenish for producing a hazelnut milk that I can enjoy.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.