Many people comment on how expensive it must be switching to a plant based diet. I must admit, I thought it would be too. Looking at the prices of things like Tyne Chease (my absolute favourite dairy free cheese, which costs £7.95 for 150g) I feared our grocery bill would shoot up when the whole family made the switch. I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised, however. Whether it is through my own canny knack of finding bargains in Holland & Barrett or the fact we eat out quite a lot thanks to this blog, our food bill has been dramatically reduced switching from buying meat and dairy to more vegetables and plant based alternatives. Finding this Celebration Roast for just £1.49 has been an absolute highlight of mine!
It took me a while to get used to having a cup of tea with a dairy milk alternative. I tried all different brands of soya but found it would split or curdle, coconut was plain weird and hazelnut was detectable in my morning brew. It was only when I tried Oatly that I was happy to give up the semi skimmed. In fact, on the odd occasion I’ve been erroneously given dairy subsequently it has tasted almost sour in comparison. Your palate definitely changes once you stop consuming animal products.
I try to bulk buy cartons of long life plant milk when they’re on offer in the supermarket. We can pay up to £1.70 for a litre of milk, which is quite expensive when you consider how much a family of 4 consume. I decided to try making my own as a way of saving money and found it was surprisingly easy. The only potential issue is if you rely on these plant milk substitutes as a way of getting calcium or the vitamins they are fortified with. For that reason I use my homemade milk in cooking or splashes in cups of tea, although I have been known to resort to it if we’ve run out of Oatly. In the exact way plant milks have to be shaken before use, the homemade oat milk needs a stir too.
Once you realise how easy it is I’m sure you will start to make your own too. I made my own Cashew Cheese Spread (see recipe here) at the same time. You can adjust the amount depending on how much you need. Half a cup of oats and half the amount of water will produce a litre instead. These are great ways of saving some money and also there’s a sense of pride in producing something like this, knowing no animals were harmed in its production. Homemade Oat Milk (makes 2 pints)
1 cup of Rolled Oats
6 and a half cups of cold water (you can use filtered if you have one)
1 pinch of sea salt
To flavour you can use vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, etc. as desired or leave unsweetened as I do
- Mix the ingredients in a large clean bowl.
- Soak the oats overnight, covered with a cloth
- Use a processor (I used our Nutribullet) to blend the ingredients together.
- Strain the milk through a muslin cloth or fine sieve to remove any sediment. If using the cloth squeeze out any excess liquid.
- Decant into a clean glass bottle or jug and store in the fridge. The oat milk will stay fresh for a few days. Remember to stir or shake before use.
Thanks for reading,