My efforts to use less plastic are going pretty well so far.
Obviously, there are times I have fallen down (like being dehydrated at a concert where the only water source is bought plastic bottles and you’re not allowed to take liquids in) and there are times when I’ve done good (like making my own dairy-free milk has cut down on our buying cartons).
My friend Sarah showed me how to make oat milk and it’s so easy. I’m not going to give you a strict recipe here as I’m a ‘throw it in the pot’ kind of cook – if you’re expecting specific measurements you’d best go elsewhere!
- Soak a cup of oats in water overnight.
- In the morning, drain them and get rid of the dirty water.
- Rinse them with clean, cold water.
- Mix them in a blender with 3 cups of cold water (you can change this each time and it will change the thickness of your milk, whether you choose to use less water or more).
- Run the result through a sieve and bottle it.
- There will be mushy oat pulp left in the sieve.
- You can run this through the blender again with some water and repeat the sieving process, but you’ll always be left with some excess pulp.
- You can throw the pulp away or use it to make oak cookies (there are loads of good recipes on the web).
- Give your milk a shake before each use.
- It lasts around 3-5 days.
I couldn’t believe how easy this was! You also don’t need to soak the oats overnight – if you suddenly run out of milk and need some, just soak them for 20 minutes, you’ll still get a good result.
I spent so many years buying cartoned soya milk which had nine different ingredients, some of which I couldn’t even pronounce. It’s a great feeling eating and drinking stuff you know you’ve made yourself from scratch.
Ingredients: oats, water, my own elbow grease!