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Almond milk is wonderful, delicious, and healthful. It is great on cereals, but not for cooking puddings, etc. Chocolate almond milk is great just warmed and topped with marshmallows for hot chocolate. Nothing else is needed. We love it! We pay $1.88 to $2.25 per quart, and consume at least two quarts per week for the two of us. Enjoy! Tastes great and is good for you!
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I have been given about 10 containers of almond milk. Can I cook regular pudding, etc. with it? I tasted it and I guess it will be OK in coffee or hot chocolate but I don't think I will drink it.
Sandy from Baltimore
Try making the pudding using the almond milk, I think it should work out okay.
Oh, almond milk is much more healthier than cows milk.
I use almond milk on cereal. It tastes great.
Milk in a recipe is used for one of three things:
1. Wetness, in which case water, broth, juice, or any other liquid is a fine replacement;
2. Taste, in which case any milk-substitute such as almond milk or soy milk is a fine replacement;
3. Chemical reaction, in which case there is little one can safely substitute.
Pudding is, alas, one of those things that does require actual milk. Soy milk doesn't work, and almond milk almost surely won't work either.
I don't know about pudding, but I have used it to make macaroni and cheese. Depends on the variety you have. If yours is sweet probably not. But I don't know why pudding wouldn't work. I also eat it with my cereal, oatmeal, and I've used it to replace milk in baked goods many times.
It is rare that I use Cow's milk. I make my own milk with different seeds, soybeans, rice, and nuts. I use it for everything--to drink, in recipes, in cooking, etc. I've made pudding with all types of seed milks, both homemade or store-bought mixes. Puddings don't thicken up quite as much, and if bought, cooked works better than instant. You can use it to replace water in cake mixes and such. It's great in oatmeal or any cooked cereal, mashed potatoes, gravies, etc. Since I make my own, I don't add any sweetener though; I'm not sure if store-bought has sweetener in it that would affect the flavor (I know soy milk does). It works great for smoothies.
You can buy unsweetened almond milk, so that it would have any sweet taste at all. It doesn't taste like cow milk, but it does not taste bad. I use it every day on my oatmeal, as I am allergic to milk. My favorite breakfast meal is oatmeal with a banana, raisins, cinnamon, almond or rice milk, and flax seeds. It has a lot of flavor, which is crucial since it seems like oatmeal is the only breakfast I can consistently eat. Sometimes, for a change up, I buy rice milk, which has a slightly different flavor. Once it is mixed into something, I don't really notice the flavor.
I have never tried making pudding, but I did use rice milk to make pineapple upside down cake. It was not exactly the same, as it was not as fluffy as the version we made with milk.
I would like to learn more about almond milk and it's benefits. Is it better than drinking 1% milk or light soy milk? I recently made some homemade almond milk, but it was kinda gristly even after blanching. How do I make it smoother?
The best and easiest thing for you to do is go to the fake milk aisle and compare the nutrition labels. People love to tout advertising for various "health" foods but few are actually healthy.
You should also look at the ingredient labels. How many chemicals and additives you enjoy consuming so one food can be covered over to taste like another is a personal preference.
The nutrition in FF milk is better and the cost is significantly less than the fakes, especially is you look for sales.
Personally, I use the FF organic real milk or buttermilk and eat a few almonds or peanuts a day as a snack or added to a healthy bread I bake once a week.
The fakes are too sweet for me (all chemicals aside) and the calorie count is the same or more than the FF milk. And I agree with you on tasting the grittyness of the fake milks. They're a little like a powdered milk that never fully dissolves...
Tip-If you need a "heavier" milk or cream for recipes, blend fat free cottage cheese with FF milk to the thickness you desire. You'll never taste the difference.
I use almond milk. I became a vegetarian since I had breast cancer 2 years ago. I do not make it myself but I buy it in the market. The brand is Blue Diamond and they have it in natural flavor or vanilla. I buy the natural flavor and I use it to cook like mash potatoes, sauces, baking all kind of things that call for regular milk and it works good. The soy milk is not good for people that had breast cancer because soy contains estrogen like components.
Are you soaking the almonds first? You'll get better milk that way. Then you have to strain it really well. If you are serious about drinking different milks, there are several types of milk-makers on the market. Mine makes soy, almond, rice, sesame, or milk from any type of seeds or nuts. Just do an internet search. Mine cost around $100, but I have used it for years. It is so much cheaper than buying milk constantly, and the milk is fresh with no additives for flavor and preservation. I've even started canning my homemade milk for convenience. Homemade milks are fresh, tasty, money-saving, and have several health benefits.