Plant-based milk was a $2.5 billion industry in 2020, making up 15% of all milk sales. By 2026, it’s expected to make up 30% of sales.

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Source: The New York Times

Plant milks have shown up on menus at Dunkin’ and Starbucks, but they can be pricier than their dairy counterparts.

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As a plant milk consumer, I’ve been tentatively thinking about making my own oat and almond milk, but I wasn’t sure if it would be worthwhile.

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Almond Cow sent me its plant milk maker for the purposes of this review, which came with about four pieces.

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The plant milk maker is a large stainless steel pitcher with a black top and handle.

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Inside the pitcher, there’s a filter basket that holds the ingredients that will go into the milk.

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My favorite detail was this glass milk jar that looks like something a milk man might’ve delivered 50 years ago.

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The company also sent me bags of cashews, oats, coconut shreds, and almonds to use to test the product.

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The outside of the box showed how it was supposed to work with pictures that I found quite helpful.

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It also came with a recipe book that had more thorough instructions and ideas for other milk recipes with different flavors.

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I decided to start with almond milk, following the recipe from Almond Cow.

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I measured out one cup of almonds.

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Then the almonds go into the filter cup along with some sea salt, and maple syrup for sweetener.

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I filled the remainder of the pitcher with water and pressed the almond-shaped cow button to start blending.

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After three blending cycles that take probably under two minutes total, I removed the top of the pitcher and the reservoir was full of almond milk.

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You can pour the milk straight into a container from there. There’s no need for additional filtering because the basket does that automatically.

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The almond milk initially has a thick layer of foam on top, which was delicious at first taste. It had a distinctive almond taste, with a bit of sweetness from the maple syrup.

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I saved the remainder in my fridge. Unlike store-bought almond milk, there aren’t preservatives in my version, so Almond Cow recommends using it within a few days.

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