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...what is your favorite substitute and why? We are slowly cutting back on dairy and we have comepletely phased cows milk out. Right now I am rotating between soy and almond milk. Anyone make their own? How hard/cost effective is it? Thanks for your thoughts!<br><br>
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I hate milk, so I use almond milk. I don't use soy because of concerns about too much soy. I have not made my own almond milk, but have heard that it is not difficult. It is on my list of things to try!
 

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I am also concerned with too much soy. Right now soy milk is about the only soy product that we consume besides edamamme and very occasional tofu. Its unfortunate that it's cheaper and easier to find than other milks. I would buy almond milk by the case if costco sold it! It is less gritty and better for you.
 

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I make a "milk" with soaked cashews, blended with water and strained, for use in cooking. I pretty much only drink tea and water, but on occasion I like almond milk (prepared as above). IMO what ever you choose, home made is much, much better than store bought.
 

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I am dissapointed at how expensive soymilk makers are! I know that you can do it without them, it just seems like a little more work that I have energy for these days. You can also make different nut milks and oat milks with it. I guess I will garage sale/thrift shop hunt for them!
 

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we make our own nutmilk using just a blender. It's very easy and relatively inexpensive as well. We use a blend (about 1 cup worth) of almonds, walnuts and cashews in 4-5 cups water with a couple tsp of evaporated cane juice crystals and a pinch of salt. Strain it through a sieve and voila! quick and easy milk.
 

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I like homemade nut milk (almond, cashew, hazelnut) from raw nuts.<br><br>
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I can’t eat dairy or soy. Its also a good alternative to store brought nut milks that has added crap and sugar.<br><br>
Cons<br>
Can be expensive to make (organic, raw nuts) and it is extremely perishable. It’s only last about a day and a half in the refrigerator. I make enough for what I need, so in that respects it can be time consuming, but I don’t need it every day.
 

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I have done rice milk before, and it worked great.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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While we do eat some organic dairy ( yogurt, cheeses), my kids have never drunk milk. We drink water exclusively (unless you count hot tea or my coffee & wine lol). The kids also like some teas.<br><br>
I wouldn't try to find a drinking subsitute.
 

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he actually doesn't drink it that often, it's more for the occasional bowl of cereal or to add to his oatmeal. I just use it in my decaf <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy"><br><br>
I am lucky that he was never a big milk drinker, otherwise this would have been a tougher adjustment for us!
 

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nobody in our family are milk drinkers. Don't know what I would need it for except cereal-which we never eat or creamer, which i never buy.<br><br>
About every 3 or 4 months my ds shows an interest in soy chocolate milk, so i get that for him. rarely.<br><br>
A good friend of mine just found out her son is highly allergic to dairy and she asked me what I use instead of milk. I was like, uh, for what? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I drink water. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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I don't substitute. I should try them again, but when I quit drinking milk about five years ago I tried various brands of soy/rice/almond milks and wasn't excited about any of them. I do use rice or almond milk for smoothies, etc. My family drinks milk, I'm the only one who doesn't- so usually if I have to cook a recipe calling for milk, I just use milk. *sigh*
 

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What are the ingredients in your almond milk? In one of my previous jobs, the boss would bring almond milk and cereal, and sometimes he and I would sit in the cafeteria and have a bowl if we were there early. I read the package of almond milk, and it had several soy ingredients.<br><br>
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I don't drink milk directly. Just use it in baking. I would think that not all substitutes are suitable for all purposes. The almond milk tasted good in a cereal with dried fruit and nuts, but may not go with dinner well.<br><br>
I have found that for baking, I can substitute for milk by adding some oil to water instead. It usually doesn't make much difference. Depends on the recipe. A pudding or custard probably wouldn't come out very well with this substitution.
 

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For drinking, I prefer water, juice, or tea of various kinds.
 
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