It is so easy to make Rice Milk, yet it’s ridiculously expensive to buy. Because we avoid dairy in our house and soy has some side effects that aren’t the safest, I’ve been making my own rice milk. Here’s how I do it.
RICE MILK- one quart
1 c. cooked brown rice (still hot is best)
4 c. warm water
pinch of salt
1/2 t canolla or coconut oil
1 t. vanilla
sweetener ( I use agave nectar or honey)
I start with the rice and just enough water to cover it in the blender. It needs to blend for quite awhile to get it as pureed as possible, and as it thickens I will add water a few splashes as a time. Let it stand for 5 minutes so that the silt and left over pieces can settle at the bottom before straining. I’m sure it’s done better through cheesecloth, but I use a small strainer because that’s what I have. I strain it into my pitcher, then reprocess the left over ‘silt’ a bit with a little more watter. Add as much water as you would like to get the consistency you like. One cup of rice makes one quart the way I like it 🙂
Chocolate Rice Milk add 1 tbs. powdered cocoa and make sure you use sweetener. I add it half way through the blender time. Yummm….makes a special treat once in awhile.
Banana Rice Milk add 1/2 a banana and no sweetener.
I keep it in a jug identical to this, but from Walmart for $4.98. I couldn’t find it on their website, but this one from Target costs three times as much. Take a look and go get it from Walmart. 🙂
I buy organic short grain rice in a 25 pound bag for $19.99. It lasts us about 6 months. At only $.80 a pound, I can make rice milk for about $.20 per 1/2 gallon. So, if Rice milk costs about $8 per gallon, I make about $7.50 in the 20 minutes worth of work it takes (not including the stand time). I usually just make it from left over rice after a meal so I’m not making more dishes, wasting energy and all that jazz…
Go try it and come back to tell me what you think!
EDITED TO ADD: Below there is a comment from the owner of this blog. I haven’t checked it out yet but thought it looks interesting. While I’m not a gung-ho anti-dairyist..ahem… There is some truth to milk not being the healthiest for human consumption. Check it out for yourself.