What’s an Almond Cow, you ask? It’s a plant-based milk maker that quickly whips up “milk” from, you name it… almonds, cashews, coconut shreds, pecans, pistachios… and the list goes on! It even makes dressing! You can also make yummy goodies from the leftover pulp!
On the main page of the AlmondCow.co website, they say that “Every Almond Cow prevents 500 plastic cartons from landfills and the ocean. Together, we’ve kept over 1,500,000 single-use plastics from polluting the planet.” So, if you’re a lover of plant-based milk and the planet, you should look into making your own milk.
I know a lot of you out there love your almond/cashew/coconut/oat/hemp milk in your coffee, tea or smoothies. For some (I’m one of them), the idea of making your own plant-based milk sounds a little daunting and maybe you really don’t want to find out how to use a nut bag. I totally get it. Having that carton in your fridge that you bought from the store is easy. Right now, go to your fridge (or pantry) and take a look at the ingredients in your alternative milk. Do you know what those ingredients are? Many of the additional ingredients you’ll see are to thicken and improve the texture of the milk and they are highly processed. Many of the gums and lecithin have been deemed generally safe to consume but they may cause gastrointestinal distress in some people. If you are one of those people whose gut tells you it doesn’t like it, don’t consume it! Always listen to those symptoms speaking to you! And watch out for the sneaky “natural flavors” especially in non-organic products which may contain preservatives and solvents. Check out this article from the New York Times for more info on natural flavors.
Granted, some packaged “milks” are better than others, so I’ll try not to ruin everything for you. But take the time to understand what those ingredients are.
So, let’s go through some of the pros & cons of this appliance.
- You control exactly what goes into your plant-based milk. No added thickeners, emulsifiers or preservatives.
- No nut bag needed! There’s a strainer basket inside that keeps the pulp separate from the milk.
- Although you need to make the initial investment, over time, it will save you money. The cost of the milk-maker itself is currently $195. It is cheaper to make your own than to buy it. The Almond Cow instagram page has some info on how much you can save. Using coconut milk as an example, they compare purchasing 48 ounces at $4.80 versus the cost of $0.99 to make the same amount using the Almond Cow.
- You’re not adding to landfills or ocean pollution by tossing those plastic cartons away!
- Lots of recipes are available on the Almond Cow website and from fellow Almond Cow owners on a prolific community Facebook group.
- It’s one more appliance.
- I have found it doesn’t quite get rid of allll the pulp but it’s pretty decent.
- It is thinner than the milk you get in a carton. This doesn’t bug me but if texture is a thing for you, keep this in mind. But, remember that the cartoned stuff is thicker because of the additives.
I’m off to make some CocoCash milk with coconut shreds, cashews, a touch of vanilla and salt, and sweetened with some dates! I may even throw in some raw cacao!
I have no affiliation with Almond Cow and was not paid to write this. However, if you decide to purchase from them, if you use this link you will get $10 off and I get a $25 credit to buy more supplies from them. It’s a win-win!