Should I Be Making My Own Oat Milk?
Oat, nut, rice and soy. There's loads on the market already, but should I be making my own?
In my journey to become more sustainable and cut down on waste I wanted to try making my own oat milk. I've been drinking milk substitutes since I was around thirteen because I once smelled some semi-skimmed milk, like reallly smelled it and just thought 'No. Never again' and from that moment have stuck to the substitutes. I'm not vegan or dairy-free but it is my preference.
What's Wrong With The Stuff In The Shops?
You might be thinking that there's no point because you can buy milk for a couple quid at the shop and it comes in recyclable cartons so who gives a toss. Well, it might surprise you to hear (unless you follow my Instagram) that Tetra Paks (the cartons these milks come in) are only recycled about 25% of the time. Also, unlike glass which can be endlessly recycled, because of the way materials are combined in Tetra Paks, they can only be recycled a few times before heading off to landfill. And guess what - if you've been leaving your Tetra Paks for the council to pick up and are feeling proud that you're one of the better consumers, they don't get recycles! (At least where I live). You have to take Tetra Paks to specfic recycling points for them to be recycled. In essence, they suck and continue to suck even after they leave you house. There's even more reasons, but I won't get into that today. Back to milk.
A carton costs £1-£2 right - home made it costs about 5p to make a pint! That's a pretty huge difference. It really makes blending your own worthwhile. And guess what - it's only TWO ingredients, oats and water. It seems like an even bigger rip off at the shops now, right? Plus it's quick and simple too.
I Can't Be Bothered Going To A Zero-Waste Shop For Oats.
You might wonder if there's any point bothering to make your own oat milk if you only have the time and money to go to a regular supermarket. Good news! Most supermarkets sell oats in paper bags, which is a fantastic recyclable alternative to plastic bags, so just look for that! If it's not going to landfill (as in it's being recycled) it's an eco-win, and much better than pre-packaged milk.
So It's Better To Make My Own?
I'm glad you've come to that conclusion. I suppose you're ready to hear how to make your own.
I got this recipe from Sustainably Vegan on YouTube, and amended it slightly.
I made a pint, which does about a week's worth of breakfasts for me.