Way to Go, Silk!
- Created on Monday, 20 January 2014 09:26
The Silk corporation makes soy milk and almond milk, both of which are widely available in supermarkets. But of late, they have decided to really push the almond milk with advertising. And, I think their tv ads have really been cute and effective.
The ads feature this little almond-man talking to some guy in the kitchen about what to pour over his cereal at breakfast. The little almond keeps saying, "would you rather have this or this?" while the screen flashes back and forth from the two of them to a very close-up picture of a cow being milked, where you can see the udders up-close and some hands yanking on the udders and milk squirting out. It's a reminder of the very bovine nature of milk.
I have visited dairy farms, and it's something that everyone should do because there you really get the sense of how bovine milk is. And when I say bovine, I mean strong-smelling of cow, including cow sweat, cow dung, cow urine, etc., with flies everywhere, etc. Most people don't realize that commercial milk from Big Ag is, among other things, DEODORIZED. After visiting a dairy farm- whether large or small- you don't come away with any desire to drink milk. And I was reminded of that in watching that close-up of a cow being milked in the ad. The only thing it lacked was the flies.
So, why not get your milk from something as clean as an almond?
As far as the Silk Almond milk goes, I have had it, but it's nothing that I would use on a regular basis. It's OK, but it's sweetened. It has a lot of nutritional fortification, and one of the things it's fortified with is Vitamin D. However, they use Vitamin D2, which is the synthetic, pharmaceutical Vitamin D and not natural Vitamin D, which is Vitamin D3. The Vitamin D Council urges everyone to avoid Vitamin D2, pointing out that virtually all of the cases of Vitamin D toxiciity have involved Vitamin D2 and not Vitamin D3. There is a world of difference between them, and Vitamin D3 is much to be preferred. Again, they use Vitamin D2 in Silk Almond mlk, but fortunately, it is a very low dose.
But, even if that were not an issue, there is no good reason to depend on commercial almond milk when you can make your own so easily. I make it just about every day. I used three kinds of nuts: almonds, pecans, and walnuts. I use a regular blender and a blender cup. A blender cup is just an 8 ounce cup that accepts the blade and housing of the blender, and it's meant for an individual serving. I fill the blender cup with nuts about half-way, and then I fill it to the top with purified water. Then I blend at high speed for about 8 seconds. That's it! It delivers a very white, pure, silky-smooth, delicoius nut mlilk which I pour over whole-grain cereal or oatmeal.
The reason why it is important to use a blender cup is because the nuts and water have to be under pressure in order to force the nuts down into the blade. If you try to use a regular big blender basin, the nuts will just fly around the top, and it will never work. You need that high pressure condition. So, be sure to fill the blender cup to the top with water.
And by the way, it keeps very well too. The blender cup comes with a cap, so if you don't use it all, you can screw on the cap, put it in the fridge, and it's still good the next day.
So, I am very enthused about homemade nut milk, and that's how I make it. I like the idea of the commercial almond milk better than the commecial soy milk, however, it's only something that I might use when I'm traveling. That's it. Otherwise, there's no need for it. Get yourself a blender cup and make your own nut milk at home.
But, they certainly do a good job of selling the idea that nut milk is superior to and preferable to bovine milk. Who needs cow's milk? It's food for baby cows, not adult humans, or even young humans. I wouldn't give dairy milk to kids either.