If you’re intolerant to dairy, or just want to reduce your dairy intake and benefit from the goodness raw grains, seeds and nuts can provide, you should definitely try making your own seed or oat milk. It’s fun, easy and far cheaper than buying cartons of processed oat or seed milk from the health store.
Here’s how to make a simple hemp milk, using pantyhose as a filter!
- ½ litre (17 fl oz) warm water
- 80g (3 oz) hulled hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp fruit syrup
- 1 suitable jug/containers
- New, clean tights / pantyhose
- Put the seeds, water and fruit syrup in a blender and leave to soak for three minutes.
- Blend for a minute on the highest blend setting.
- Leave to sit for a minute, then blend again.
- If using pantyhose, use them to line a clean, tall container, stretched around the rim, then strain your milk mix through them, squeezing until you're left with just the husks inside the pantyhose. Your beautifully white, filtered milk should be safely in the container below.
- Cover and chill your milk immediately.
The methods described above work for pretty much any nut, seed or grain, although nuts work better if soaked overnight first. You can also play with the water quantities to get the consistency you want, and use difference fruits, syrups and even cocoa to help flavour your milks. It’s all an acquired taste, so just go with what works for you.
If you have an oat/seed milk filter (I use a ChufaMix I was sent) then it’s even easier. You get a container you can blitz your ingredients in with a stick blender, then you just give it a quick stir and push the milk through with a filtered plunger.
Disclosure: I was sent a ChufaMix for review.