There’re moves afoot in the USA to ban the use of the word ‘milk’ on packaging or advertising unless the offending substance comes from an animal. This is a victory for veganism. It’s the David of sense and compassion jabbing the Goliath of exploitation’s toe with a small pin. Not much of a victory, for sure, but that veganism is hurting the pharming industry where it hurts most, in its bottom line, is excellent.
Imagine – those industrialists, their political lickspittles and anyone who objects to plant-based milks being called such, apparently have never heard of, or consumed the contents of, coconuts, despite a dictionary definition of “any liquid resembling this, as the liquid within a coconut, the juice or sap of certain plants, or various pharmaceutical preparations.”
Well vegans, I say, respond with a better word and lose the abusive connection. This isn’t giving in (though such meaningless and time-wasting laws should be violated at all times and repealed) – it’s more a case of snubbing the nose.
The English language abounds in useful words. So instead of milk, use ‘nectar’. Would beekeepers pay their politicians to extend that word’s restrictions? What about the simple ‘drink’ or ‘water’? Nah, too ordinary for us. Is ‘juice’ the same? Yes, tame.
‘Essence’ is lovely, right up there with ‘nectar’. ‘Spirit’ or ‘liquor’ might be used if the liquid was heady, ‘syrup’ if it’s gloopy.
Avoid ‘cream’ as no doubt dairy corporations want to patent that word too.
‘Almond tears’. ‘Oat blood’. No?
‘Abstract’ is another possibility, ‘extract’ is better. The point is, it doesn’t matter. Call it what you want and ignore imbecilic ‘law’ makers.
I’m not a user (nor a great fan) of milk alternatives. Sure, they’re handy at times, to make custard or to please a visitor but I can live without either of those. I’ve even made fake ‘cheese’ sauce. However, Julie likes a milky drink, so experiment with alternatives to bovine/hirsine/ovine mammary excretions. Which begs another question, for another time: why not canine or porcine or any other mammal?
Cashews make a fatty, creamy, frothy milk. As a guide, use 1 cup of cashews to 4 of water.
Get cashew pieces, they’re cheaper than whole and are ground up anyway. I don’t soak them, as the Vitamix we use is powerful enough to homogenise the liquid.
Leave the blender running long enough, it’ll make a hot drink! Otherwise, run it for about 40 seconds. It’ll store in the fridge for a week. Shake before use.
Post 0028, 20/09/2018