Every disaster food supply list suggests dry milk powder to add to their short and long term disaster supplies. What will the preppers do once their dry milk powder has been consumed? In a situation where there is no diary products to be found, many will have to find alternative ways to get their daily dose of creamy milk.
Alternative milk sources is not a new concept, as millions of Americans have allergies to diary products, and have had to become creative in their endeavors to find tasty substitutes. Preparing an alternative source for milk is actually quite easy to do (as long as you have a blender), and will provide essential vitamins, proteins and enzymes to one’s daily diet.
Many of the recipes for alternatives to milk recommend using natural sweeteners such as agave nectar, maple syrup or honey to add to the flavor of the “milk.” Since most of these ingredient suggestions are on one’s disaster food supply list, if should not pose a problem.
Milk made from alternative sources have a tendency to last just as long as regular milk. Any nuts that are used for milk will maintain their freshness if they are refrigerated in an airtight container. They will last about 6 weeks, if properly stored.
30 Second Nut MilkInspired by Raw Food, Real World (Reagan Books, 2005)
In a blender, puree all ingredients until smooth.
- 2 heaping tbls. raw nut butter
- 2 c. filtered water
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tbls. agave nectar, honey or 1 packet of stevia
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Basic Almond Milk
In a high speed blended, blend nuts and water for about 2 minutes until the nuts are completely blended. Strain the mix through multiple layers of cheesecloth in a colander two times.
- 1 c. raw almonds, soaked at least 4 hours
- 3. c. filtered water
Combine cashews with 1 cup of water and maple syrup in blender. Blend on high until thick and creamy. Slowly add remaining water and blend on high for 2 minutes. Strain, if desired.
- 1/2 c. raw cashew pieces
- 2 c. water
- 1 tbls. maple syrup
Combine all ingredients in blender. Strain, if desired.
- 1/4 c. shelled hemp seeds
- 1 c. warm water
- Sweeter such as honey, vanilla or agave nectar
HorchataInspired by a recipe by Gale Gand from the Food Network
Wash and drain rice. Use a spice grinder, or electric coffee grinder to rice until fine. Combine rice with the almonds and cinnamon bark. Add 3 1/2 cup water, cover and let it sit overnight. In a blender, blend rice mixture until smooth. Add 2 1/2 cup of water and continue blending. Add sweetener and vanilla extract. Strain mixture with a metal strainer, and then again using a double layer of cheese cloth. Add up to an additional 2 cups of water until you get the consistency you like.
- 1 c. long grain white rice
- 2 c. almonds
- 1-inch cinnamon bark
- 8 c. water
- 1/2 c. organic sugar (or sweetener)
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla
Macadamia Nut MilkInspired by Raw Food, Real World (Reagan Books, 2005)
In a blender, blend the nuts and water on high speed for about 2 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend to combine. Strain if you want it super creamy or drink as is.
- 1 c. macadamia nuts, soaked 1 hour or more.
- 3 c. filtered water
- 3 tbls. agave nectar
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt (optional)
Place all ingredients in blender and process until smooth (about 2-3 minutes). Chill, and shake before using.
- 2 c. cooked oatmeal (not the instant type)
- 4 c. water
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Pinch of salt (optional)
- Sweeter to taste (if desired)
Rice MilkInspired by a recipe from Mothering Magazine
Place rice, 8 cups of water, and salt in a pan.
- 1/2 c. brown rice
- 8 c. water
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 3 tbls. maple syrup or honey
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low and simmer 3 hours, or until rice is very soft. *This can also be done in a slow cooker overnight
In a blender, puree rice mixture with remaining ingredients. You will have to do it in two batches. Puree each bath at least 2 to 3 mintues to completely liquefy the rice.
Add more water if you prefer it to be a thinner consistency.