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Dairy Free Taste Test: How to Set Up Your Own Milk Alternative Taste Test

Whether you have a milk allergy, lactose intolerance, or just prefer to avoid milk, you may be looking to find a good replacement for dairy milk. Thankfully multiple dairy alternatives are readily available today; you only need to find your favorite!

A Quick Cheat Sheet Introduction to Popular Milk Alternatives

Soy: One big advantage lies in the fact that it is one of the most common dairy alternatives, making it easy to find at grocery stores and coffee shops alike. If soy is your pick, be sure to opt for organic or non-GMO options since conventional soy is typically genetically modified.

Cashew: Cashew milk’s advantages are its creamy taste and B vitamin content. Like other milk alternatives, fortified versions also offer you additional nutrients like calcium.

Almond: Almond milk is rich in vitamin E levels. As with other nut milks, you can buy it at the store or make your own! When choosing a store bought version, be sure to select a brand free from undesirable additives like carageenan.

Hemp: Hemp seeds are making a big impact on the nutritional world, but hemp milk offer some benefits too. Hemp milk enthusiasts like that hemp milk is rich in vitamins, minerals, and offers the essential fatty acids including all important omega 3s.

Rice: Rice milk is terrific for an easy to digest option, but the starchy content is a deterrent to some. Like with any milk alternative, be sure to choose an option free from added sugars.

Coconut: Coconut milk comes in both cans and cartons. The milk in the carton is usually more homogenized and emulsified in comparison to the canned options. The full fat canned varieties are useful for baking as well as drinking.

What You Need:

Cups (opt for opaque to prevent the appearance of the milk alternatives to give away their identity!)

Permanent markers and masking tape

Assorted Milk Alternatives

Score Cards

What You Do:

  1.  Make a trip to the grocery store with your mom or dad to purchase a few milk alternatives for the taste test. You can get as many or as few as you want, but we recommend three to four to give you plenty of options without becoming too confusing.
  2. Get out enough cups for every person participating in your taste test to have a cup for each milk sample.
  3. Use a piece of masking tape and permanent marker to label the contents of each cup on the bottom of the cup.
  4. Pour about a quarter of a cup of each milk alternative into cups for everyone. Move the cups around so you no longer know what’s in each cup to assure the process is a blind taste test.
  5. Provide each friend or family member participating in your taste test with a note card and pen to write down opinions about each milk alternative.
  6. Compare results and crown a winner! You may find that you all like more than one option!

 

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