Got Rice Milk?

Yup! I always do! As I write each of my recipes, I sometimes wonder if any of you might wonder why I'm always using rice milk and vanilla rice milk at that. So I thought maybe I should do a post explaining it a little bit.

I have nothing against dairy products nor do I have a dairy allergy. I eat yogurt almost daily. I love frozen yogurt and ice cream. I love cheese. Eggnog is my holiday weakness and I generally use Half & Half in cooking in place of whole cream. I like milk.

Over time, I started thinking about the amount of fat and dairy in my diet. I had already given up all meats except for poultry and seafood. I love cheese and yogurt too much to give up. And I think they have some health benefits. I used regular milk in cereal and to drink with cookies and other desserts. I started hearing people talking about how too much dairy was bad and the amounts of hormones in milk, etc. So I decided to look for some alternatives.

I tried soy milk for a while. I like the taste and have nothing against it, but I already eat a fair amount of soy. From some reading, it seems that too much soy may cause hormonal changes.

I'm not a doctor and have no real confirmation of what I've been reading, but drinking soy milk seemed to be a bit too much soy for me personally when there are alternatives. Almond milk is good, but expensive and most stores don't make their own brand. I've found that most stores have their own brand of rice milk, so it's fairly cheap.

I keep vanilla rice milk in the fridge, just like I would regular milk. I always buy the vanilla flavored and vitamin and calcium enriched rice milk. You can buy the plain flavor. I just don't like it. I like the taste of vanilla. I drink it plain and use it in baking and cooking, from cakes to ice cream to soup. Also, you can buy the non-enriched rice milk; it's just not my preference.

A blog that I recently found called Got No Milk, has some suggestions too. So that's my rice milk story. I hope you like my milk moustache! Who knew that an article that I read years ago about how they did it would actually prove useful? If you have any questions or if you have some additional information, please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.

This blog post is making me thirsty!! This blog post is making me thirsty? This blog post is making me thirsty...

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David Sullivan said…
I'll have to give rice milk a shot, on your recommendation, of course.
I have to comment on your gorgeous smile--those are some pearly whites you've got there, Anali. I've got teeth on the brain--going to the dentist tomorrow, ugh.
Anonymous said…
This is very interesting, i don't remember having rice milk ever. I have to give it a try!

I love the picture! haha
Nina said…
I don't recall ever seeing rice milk at my grocery store. But then again, I'm not usually the one who buys the milk because if I'm being honest, I hate milk. I can't stand the way it tastes and I absolutely loath the way it smells. I feel quite guilty not drinking milk, being pregnant and all. But I just use the excuse of not liking milk to eat more cheese. :)
**I actually did drink a small glass of milk a week or so ago because I had heartburn so helped. It was disgusting.

I see you're reading the Audacity of Hope. Are you loving it? I couldn't read that book fast enough
Cakespy said…
I like rice milk sometimes. Sometimes it can be watery and weird, but when it is good it's really good. There's one brand I really like...I only know it by sight though. Not very helpful I guess, but I found your post interesting!
Lisa Johnson said…
david sullivan - I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. With the vanilla at least!

susan - Awww! Thank you! I hope your dentist visit goes well! : )

zen chef - Hee hee! Thanks!

nina - It's usually in the natural food aisle. You really might enjoy the vanilla rice milk. Give it a try, especially the calcium enriched! Of course, check with your doctor first. I don't want to cause any problems! : )

I just started reading the book. It really is inspirational and I'm so excited about the primary in NH tomorrow. Well, today now actually!

cakespy - A few years ago, I used to sometimes get a weird batch of rice milk, but it seems to be much improved. I'm glad you liked the post! As you can see, I had some fun with it!
AVIANA said…
Hi There!!!

Haven't been in the blog world for a bit but I'm back!

Happy New Year!

No I can't stand milk and the fake ones out there don't help the cause!

You look so cute!

Anonymous said…
Well my friend, it's been FAR too long since I endulged myself in your food fetish (or maybe it's mine LOL) so here I am with the New Year in tow.

Blessings to you and thanks for the rice milk info. Because you said it, I will try it!
Nance said…
I'm a water drinker, myself. I never drank much milk, even when I was pregnant--oh, the guilt! I'll grab a small container of the vmr and give it a try.
Okay: I love this post. We live for rice milk here, just because it's nummy!! Just tonight, I made chocolate cookies and they got dipped in the rm.

Great photos. . .
Lisa Johnson said…
aviana - Happy New Year! Good to see you back! Thanks! ; )

sojourner g - Happy New Year! It's always a pleasure having you stop by! I hope you enjoyed the food and like the rice milk too! :D

nance - I hope you like it! Let me know. : )

mary - Welcome! Thank you so much! The moustache was not in vain! Oh rm is so good for dipping! Yum! ; )
amisha said…
you are so cute with your milk moustache :)
i am also freaked out by the amount of hormones in milk, but rice milk doesn't have the same feel for me... maybe i need to try it more and get used to it. my compromise is to always buy organic dairy (milk + yogurt).
Lisa Johnson said…
amisha - Thanks! It was so fun and goofy to do it! I think that by the time that I changed to rice milk, I had already switched from regular milk to skim milk over time, so it wasn't as big a leap from whole milk. That would probably take longer to get used to.
Big Boys Oven said…
wow you look so gorgoeus babe!
Lisa Johnson said…
big boys oven - The moustache is a real fashion statement! ; )
Cynthia said…
Unfortunately, I am lactose intolerant and have to ensure that I take dietry supplements before I can have anything with dairy.
Lisa Johnson said…
cynthia - That's really common, so it's great that there are so many alternatives now. My brother used to have a milk allergy and would break out into hives. He seems to have grown out of it though.
Dezel Quillen said…
Hello Anali,

Hope all is great in 08 for you. Must say, love the moustache; that’s a good one!
And yes! The Pats just beat Jacksonville …whooooo!
Lisa Johnson said…
dezel - Thank you! Go Patriots! ; )
Anonymous said…
Mustache notwithstanding, that is a gorgeous picture of you. You look relaxed and very happy.

I've been playing with almond milk, unflavored, unsweetened, in my muffins. Things come out flatter than with dairy milk, I guess due to some interaction between the proteins and the glutens, but they taste just fine.
Lisa Johnson said…
bipolarlawyercook - Awww, you're so sweet! : ) I guess I really need to read up on the science of glutens and different types of liquids. So many unexpected interacions. Although like you said, most of my experiments have worked out pretty well too.
Mosilager said…
Hahahahahahahahaha. that's a great photo Anali, thanks for telling me about it. Wasn't following your blog for a few months due to internet issues.
Lisa Johnson said…
mosilager - Glad you enjoyed it! ; )

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