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 Alpro light soya milk

Well my mission to try some new dairy free milks has not been that successful. One of my favourite milks is soya only mainly because I personally find it easier to cook with. So when I saw Alpro light fresh milk on offer I just had to give it a try. I personally liked the packaging design with the red colouring to the side with the splattering of milk surrounded by three leaves.
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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. The milk is labelled as being dairy free, gluten free and suitable for vegans.
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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 it was cream in colour but slightly lighter than other soya milks that I have previously tried. It was slightly thick and creamy in consistency. On sipping the milk it was slightly smooth but not creamy in texture. There was only a very faint nutty element to this milk. I viewed this as a positive as 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’s aroma seemed to change and it reminded me of custard. Strange I know but I thought this added a nice little twist so long as it didn’t impact on its flavour. Luckily, it didn’t. 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 an artificially slightly sweet flavour. I personally don’t like this and like to add my own sugar to my Weetabix should I want to.
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So would I recommend this soya milk? Yes I would. Its neutral flavour was spot on and made a pleasant change to the other soya milks that I have tried. It wasn’t artificially sweet and wasn’t too creamy. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or a vegan diet why not give this soya milk a try. So thank you Alpro for producing a soya milk that I can enjoy.

Review of co-op organic soya milk

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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 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.

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.

Review of Provamel Oat milk

Well I am trying to encourage myself to be more adventurous and try different varieties of dairy free milks. Recently I discovered hemp milk and really enjoyed it. I have previously tried an oat based milk and I was a little disappointed by both by the taste and texture. So I thought that I best try an alternative brand as to not dismiss this variety of milk. I opted for Provamel as I like their dairy free products and because it was on offer.
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On opening the carton there was a faint nutty aroma noted, which seems to be a common theme with the various milks that I have tried. On pouring the milk into the glass it had a thin to medium consistency and had a slightly cream colour. This was different to the other oat milk that I had tried which was thin and slightly watery.
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On sipping the milk it had a fairly neutral non offensive taste slightly nutty maybe but I felt I couldn’t really taste the oats. I then tried the milk heated in the microwave for the usual time to have with my weetabix. It heated well and didn’t separate or produce a skin layer to the top. A good sign if you might be considering using this milk when a baking cooking a sweet of savoury dish. It mixed well with the weetabix and produced a similar consistency and texture to the other milks I have tried. Now on to the flavour it changed the weetabix slightly with a slight sweet nuttiness being noted. On drinking it chilled in a glass, it had a fairly non descript neutral flavour, with a faint hint of nuttiness. So I would I have this milk again, yes I would. It’s always worth trying a variety of the same milks because what I am discovering is that they can vary. So if you are dairy / lactose free like me or follow a vegan diet why not give this milk a try. Thanks Provamel.

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.
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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.
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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 Soya Soleil Soya Milk

Well I am well and truly on my mission to try and share my thoughts on alternative milks which are suitable for a dairy and or lactose free diet. For a long time I have enjoyed soya milk as part if my diet mainly with my breakfast. I had not heard of the Soya Soleil brand before and was intrigued so I had to give it a try. It is UHT and comes in a 1 litre carton. I found the carton warm and inviting with a mainly blue carton with a picture of a refreshing looking milk being poured into a glass. A 100ml serving contains 28 calories, 0.1g of sugar, and 0.03g of salt. It is marketed as being dairy and lactose free, being made from non GM soya beans and being suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
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On opening the carton I noted no real 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 thick in consistency but not creamy. On sipping the milk it was nice and smooth and tasted like the other brands of soya milk I have previously tried. It tasted slightly artificially sweet, despite being unsweetened.
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I warmed the milk for 90 seconds in the microwave ready to have with my weetabix for breakfast. 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 breakfast there was a slight subtle hint of artificial sweetness noted which lingered. I have experienced this with other unsweetened brands of milk also but to more of an extent. I personally found this a little disappointing as I don’t expect the milk to affect the flavour of my breakfast. That said it had a somewhat nice neutral flavour. It was great to find another milk to try. Would I have it again, yes I would but I have personally tried nicer soya milks. Interestingly, the labelling states made for Alpro (UK). So if like me you follow a dairy and lactose free diet or a vegetarian or vegan and want to try a different soya milk then why not give this one a try.