100% Natural Plant Mylk with no additives, or preservatives.

 

Ever since I started drinking soya mylk in 2003 I've been on a search for the tastiest non-dairy mylks on the market and I've tried a LOT of mylks!!

 

I don't think there is a vegan mylk I haven't tried. I'm constantly on a quest for the very best of the best plant mylk to drink in my coffee, smoothies, cereal and sometimes in a glass with some cookies.

 

The more mylk I drank over the years (and especially during lockdown), the more I began to question where all the Tetra Pack was ending up. Although these are 70-90% paperboard, which is recyclable, they also contain aluminium and a plyethelene cap.

 

Recycling is a great first step but my goal is to re-use more than recylce. Leading a plant-based lifestyle for me goes beyond kindness to all living beings. It means being kinder to the planet and aiming to reduce my carbon footprint!!

 

Seeing the cartons in our waste week after week got me thinking about doing a waste audit to look at where most of the waste was coming from. I realised a lot of our waste was coming from plant mylk cartons (we were going through about 8-10 per week) and I began experimenting with my own non-dairy mylk.

 

I started to question the ingredients in the mylks I was buying, the additives being added to extend the shelf life and also where the primary ingredients were coming from. I read the labels more and noticed that most almond mylks only contained 1-2% almonds and most oat mylks have different oils added.

 

There's been a lot of media attention around Californian Almonds, some of which you can read here . This was one of the reasons I never drank it much and the fact I didn't enjoy the taste, which is no wonder with 2% almond content.

 

Less has been said about the ethics of other nuts but lockdown got me into research mode and I learned about the working conditions of many women who shell cashew nuts (an ingredient I use a lot). You can read more about that here if it's of interest.

 

All this got me thinking that I wanted to do more, make better quality mylk without additives, using organic ingredients, that I was sourcing as responsibly as I could.

 

This led me to seeking solutions online, which was when I came across a special device that allows me to make refill plant mylks with my own recipes and ingredients. It's safe to say this has quite literally changed my world!

 

Since it arrived on my doorstep, I've spent many hours experimenting and making friends with my mylk machine and I've come up with, what I believe to be, some winning formulas. I've had many friends and family taste test my mylks and so far the feedback has been very encouraging.

 

After everything I've learned, I'm committed to only using almonds from Europe (Spain or Italy). I'm currently trying to source fairtrade ingredients (where I can). In the UK the price of fairtrade nuts is double the cost of regular organic ingredients. I'm trying to balance this cost with the fact I want my mylk to be affordable for more people. You can find out more about Fair-trade in the Uk here.

 

My oats come from an Aberdeenshire farm that grows organic, gluten free oats. All the pulp left over from the mylk I make is turned into delicious oat pulp bread. If you want to order a small loaf with your mylk, you can do so for an additional £4.50.

 

I feel so passionate about my 'mylk' and spreading the word of planetary kindness that I've decided to offer a weekly refill service.

 

Every Monday I will open up for pre-orders of oat and almond mylk that can be collected on Friday. There will be a limited volume of mylk each week. I will only offer mylk in glass bottles (500 mls or 1 litre size) to ensure there is no waste associated with my service.

 

With your first purchase you will be able to rent a reusable glass bottle. This will cost £2 for as long as you want it. Thereafter you will only pay for the refill mylk (providing you bring your bottle back for the refill). My pricing is higher than the oat and almond mylk you can buy in the shops. This is due to the specific organic ingredients I am committed to using and the fact my mylk is freshly handmade the day before, or the day you recieve it.

 

I use organic, gluten free rolled oats (a minimum of 10% oats) in my oat mylk as well as organic cashews, organic desiccated coconut, a pinch of salt and a few organic dates for sweetness.

 

500 mls Oat Mylk £2.50

1 litre Oat Mylk £3.70

 

My almond mylk will include 10% minimum organic whole almonds from Spain or Italy, organic cashew nuts, water and a pinch of salt.

 

500mls Almond mylk £2.80

1 litre Almond mylk £4

 

The most recent mylk I created came about as part of an experiment for World Plant Milk Day and it's none other than..... peanut mylk!!

 

This was born from my desire for a flavourful mylk, that would be creamy and delicious in coffee, and have a really nice flavour, minus the super sweetness of a the shop bought syrups.

 

Peanut mylk ingredients include organic peanuts and cashews, a pinch of salt, a teaspoon  of maple syrup and water.

 

500mls peanut mylk £2.80

1 litre peanut mylk £4

 

Ingredients may vary from week to week. Please contact me to discuss any allergies before ordering jo@joshealthycupboard.co.uk. All of my mylks contain NUTS and I can't guarantee that anything I make is 100% free from traces of nut.

 

Your mylk will last for 4 days in the fridge.