Thank you for listening, Califia Farms! »
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Last week I saw on Food Fight Grocery’s Instagram that they’d received the new Califia Farms protein almond milk only to find it had whey in it (BUMMER). Luckily, Food Fight noticed it before they sold any. But needless to say, some vegans were not pleased.
So, I was SUPER EXCITED to see this Instagram post from Califia Farms going around on Facebook today!!! Us vegans love when our voices are heard (especially by tasty companies)!!
Here’s the text that accompanied their photo on Instagram:
Thank you for listening, Califia Farms! I can’t wait to try the new vegan version of the protein almond milk!!
Yes! The easiest and best almond milk tutorial ever. FRESH ALMOND MILK ALL THE TIME FOR EVERYONE!
Almond milk tutorial..
1. Soak a cup of raw almonds overnight.
2. Add the soaked almonds and 4 cups of water to your blender. Optional: sweeten it with a couple of dates, agave, vanilla and/or maple syrup.
3. Blend it at high speed for a minute or two.
4. Pour the milk through a “nut milk bag” and squeeze out the liquid..
5. Pour the milk into a purdy little bottle/jar..
6. Lasts 4-7 days in the fridge. Enjoy!
almonds are expensive, but if you can get your hands on ‘em, this is super easy! i’ve been making almond milk like this a lot lately and i’m loving it.
Reader Katie sent us this cool graphic from the Coalition to Fight Factory Farming! I love stuff with pictures. I didn’t know that bit about the gallon of dairy milk vs. gallon of gas. Scary! We should all drink almond milk and drive Big Wheels instead.
The Coalition to Fight Factory Farming is a Bay Area-based educational non-profit that empowers people to save the environment, animals, and our own health through our daily food choices. For more info visit www.cfff.info and check us out on Facebook and Twitter.
Dude, this commercial is so great. Before everyone bitches about how Silk is wack and Dean Foods is the worst, I just want to say 1) I AGREE OKAY? and 2) Still, this shit is just good for veganism. It makes cow’s milk look gross, which it is, and makes almond milk look delicious, which it is. And I kinda want to get in a sexy sandwich with those two dudes, especially the one who looks like Weiner Dog. He’ll be both breads and I’ll be the ranch dip and marshmallow fluff. SANDWICHES DONE RIGHT.
Anyway, I’m not one for the ad beat, that’s all my girl Megan Rascal, but I’d say this is advertising done right, and so let us SPREAD ITS GOSPEL, MAD MEN-STYLE.*
*I think that means we sleep with it and don’t do our jobs and get drunk. I like!
Product review: Almond Dream almond milk yogurts! »
Last weekend I saw four flavors of Almond Dream's new almond milk yogurts* sitting amid the other non-dairy yogurts in the active-cultures section of my local grocery store, all blue and adorable, and I immediately put one of each in my cart. Over the course of the week I ate them, took these photographs, and made careful notes, just for you.
First, vanilla. This was quite viscous, as evidenced by the total lack of dripping in the photo. The package says to stir before eating, which loosens it up and makes it seem less like an oval block of goo. It had a pleasant vanilla flavor (see the flecks?), but was way too sweet, like ice cream. There was basically no yogurt-y tang, which disappointed me, a person who grew up eating only plain, homemade cow’s milk yogurt.
Next, strawberry. There were a few bits of actual strawberry in it, and it had the standard strawberry yogurt pink color, but like the vanilla it was much too sweet.
Next, plain. It was sweet enough that I could see eating it like regular people eat vanilla yogurt, but the sugar didn’t totally overwhelm the tang of the cultures in the milk. Add a little vanilla to this and it would be your standard vanilla. The nutrition facts insist it contains as much sugar as the other flavors, but it didn’t taste like it, which was nice.
Finally, mixed berry. This was a deeper pink color than the strawberry, contained some berry bits, and allowed some yogurt—or berry—tang through the sugar. Very respectable.
In sum, Almond Dream brand almond milk yogurts are all too sweet, and a bit too thick, but they are absolutely edible. At least, the not-as-sweet ones. The vanilla and the strawberry are tooth-achingly sweet and I wouldn’t recommend them. However, I did buy more plain and mixed berry flavors to eat this week. I wouldn’t use the plain as a substitute for sour cream, as I have with other soy yogurts, but alone, mixed in smoothies or with fresh fruit, or put in the freezer for 30 minutes to make a semifreddo, they’d be quite good.
*Ridiculously, I can’t find a direct link to the product on the brand’s site. Get with it, Almond Dream.
Find the real milk? If it’s all the same to you, I’ll pass »
Oh, the food lobby. In its latest move, the California Milk Processor Board is trying to discredit milk alternatives like almond and soy milk with a new website that asks you to “find the real milk.”
Anybody who regularly enjoys milk alternatives knows that non-dairy—a.k.a. non-cruelty—milks don’t look the same as the stuff we take from cows, but my mother always told me not to judge things by how they look. When it comes to what I mix with my Cocoa Camino hot chocolate, I prefer to judge by factors like an absence of cholesterol, the presence of a nice dose of protein or omega-3 fats, and the fact that my favorite dairy-free milks got into my fridge by way of neither the callous removal of male calves from their mothers minutes after birth, nor the non-therapeutic application of hormones and antibiotics to dairy cows.
I’ll give them this: Milk producers have done a bang-up job of convincing the general public that milk is the perfect food, one we must all have in our diets lest we shrivel up and blow away. This totally ignores the millions of people around the world who don’t consume milk after they are no longer breastfed, and who do just fine for it. Many people can’t consume dairy, due to allergies or intolerance, and they are also perfectly healthy without it in their diets. Dairy’s association with weight loss has also been overstated.
The fact is, there are no nutrients found in milk from cows or any other mammal that we can’t get in our diets in another way, and there are plenty of things—especially in milk from factory-farmed animals—in cow’s milk that we’d all be better off without.
So what’s your favorite milk alternative? Mine’s almond milk, for sure. If you want to avoid additives, just do some label-reading—the extras aren’t in all non-dairy milks, contrary to what the Got Milk site implies. And better still, even a culinary fool like me can make homemade almond milk!
Terri Coles lives in Toronto, Ont., where she enjoys barbecuing, feeding feral cats, going to local music shows and getting really mad about hockey games. She blogs about her adventures in plant-based eating at The Vegina Monologues.
[photo by Luca Argalia via Flickr]
Episode 2 of Honey LaBronx's Vegan Drag Queen cooking show! Here she teaches us to make almond milk and, “how to rinse out your blender in a very sexy yet ladylike fashion.” What could be better? (Hint: NOTHING) We also learn about nut bags.
I’m so jealous of her dress—it’s the hotness!
Big news: cows also suffer in extreme heat »
Those of us on the East Coast, especially in the concrete sauna otherwise known as NYC, are well aware of the suffocating heatwave that’s settled in this summer. If you thought New Yorkers were cranky before, the bar has definitely been raised due to the weather as of late. Now, imagine you can’t sweat.
Cows cannot sweat. Nor can they crank up their A/C, or dip into Victoria’s Secret for a while to browse frilly things while they cool off, or hit up the closest Starbucks for a Venti Mocha Frap. Instead, they become exhausted and debilitated, and they lose their appetites. This leads, of course, to a decline in milk production by as much as a third. Cows in Texas have become so overheated and lethargic that they drink so much water it actually kills them. While some dairy farmers are installing fan and sprinkler systems to alleviate the heat and cool off the poor bovines, this is only to maintain productivity and keep business booming. Perhaps we should start looking at the bigger picture and just stop treating these distinguished animals as if they were machines in the first place. After all, there are plenty of delicious milk alternatives out there, and I’ve never seen a lethargic almond.
Hey, it’s gonna be sunny this weekend! Take that mega deal on strawberries and make almond milk ice cream from Bay Area Bites and then bring it to my house. Actually, I’ll meet you at a public location. I saw Catfish, I know what’s up!
Vegansaurus roadtrip: Grindcore in Philly! »
Yo, cuz! I been chilling in Philly again and I finally got to check out vegan coffee house Grindcore. LOVE IT. It’s hella crazy! What you see above in the coffee cup is an ALMOND MILK latte! Have you ever heard of such a thing? I hadn’t! You can also get a rice milk latte and every other kind of non-dairy milk latte! So cool. Plus, they have pastries from like four different bakeries! Above is a chocolate chip scone (the food of my people) and a sweet potato chocolate chip blondie! The scone was off the hook and the blondie tasted like pumpkin pie with chocolate chips—holler! Behind my treats is my sister’s PB&J. She said it was like the best PB&J ever. Behind THAT is my sister’s fake fur coat—she was worried everyone would think it was real! So cute, right? So cute.
Now the other great thing about Grindcore is that the customers are like straight-out-of-Portland crazy! There was a couple sitting next to us discussing the guidelines for their group house. The boy was wearing a cat collar! Like, one a cat would wear. Hot pink with a bell—and hopefully it was a breakaway collar, safety first! Then the couple started “hand dancing.” They were moving their hands around together and were like, “hey, we’re hand dancing.” And I was like VOM. Then they got up and started noodle dancing. And I was like VOM. But I looked around and it seemed like everyone else was like WTF as well so there’s still hope for the world.
The women working there were so nice! They even toasted my sister’s bread for her PB&J. It’s all about toasting the bread. OH AND a girl got a call-back from America’s Next Top Model while we were there! It’s basically coffeehouse to the stars. Next time you’re in Philly, you have to stop by Grindcore. Especially you Portlanders, if you miss home.