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20 September 2012

Simple milk and beer

It's been a busy week here. I've been making soap and cheese, we had all the therapy and doctor's visits and then yesterday, Hanno's birthday. He asked me to thank you all for the warm wishes. We celebrated last evening, just the two of us, with pork cutlets, red cabbage and new potatoes freshly dug in the backyard. It was followed by a custard dessert and washed down by non-alcholic wheat beer from Germany, with a toast to the old country, the year ahead and to us.

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Oat milk

I had an email from a reader at Byron Bay recently telling me about her recipe for oat milk. I made it up yesterday and Hanno and I both tried it. It won't replace cow's milk for us but we'll drink and enjoy it. 



It's very easy to make.
  • 2 cups of oats
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (or honey or maple syrup)
Mix all the ingredients together in a container with a lid, and place in the fridge for 24 - 36 hours. Remove from the fridge and blitz with a stick blender until the oats are finely ground. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a bottle or two. Store in the fridge and use as you would use dairy milk. It may suit you if you're lactose intolerant.

The oaty sludge left over can be given to the chickens, added to porridge oats, or used in bread, scones, muffins or pancakes.

Fermenting ginger for ginger beer

This is my first Blogger video. I have to apologise for having parts of this sideways but I didn't think about the orientation until after I watched it. Still, it shows what I wanted to show you and I'll remember this next time and do a better job for you. If you would like to make ginger beer, here is a link to my recipe and photos.

video

I guess this means that summer has started here. It's going to be 30Cish today and with ginger beer in the fridge, we'll be ready to anything.  And that's good because my sister, Tricia, will be here today for a visit so who knows what we'll get up to.

26 comments:

  1. I like the recipe for making oat milk. Thank you so much for sharing!Wit three people in our family struggling with food allergies it is a warm welcome.

    Also my late congrats to your loving husband!

    Love from Holland

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  2. I am not sure how I missed it yesterday....so happy birthday Hanno!

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  3. Happy Birthday for yesterday Hanno. Have a great year ahead.
    Love the video and hearing your voice.
    Also the oatmilk.

    Blessings Gail

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  4. My daughter is lactose intolerant so I may give the oat milk a go. Thank you

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  5. Hi Rhonda I hope you got my e-mail for banana bread it is such a easy recipe and I would love you to give it a go

    Linda :-)

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    1. Hi Linda, yes I did. Thank you. We're almost at the end of an orange cake, I've put four bananas aside and when Tricia is here, I'll make it.

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  6. Thank you so much for the oat milk recipe, Rhonda. My little grandson can't have dairy and we buy the packaged oat milk. He will be here for the day tomorrow so I am off to make this now. Belated happy birthday to Hanno, too. I hope he had a lovely day and his hand is starting to feel a bit better.

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  7. I make almond and hazelnut milk using a similar method. The leftover nut pulp can be dried and used as nut meal- delicious!

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  8. Wondering if this recipe would work for rice instead of oats?
    Will enjoy the video tonight, I'm sure. Thank you.

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  9. Almond milk is just as easy and you get almond meal as the by product. I wouldn't use almond milk for full replacement of dairy but it's lovely, almonds are cheapish at the moment and you get two products.

    http://greeningtherose.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/have-you-made-nut-milk.html

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  10. i love the look of the Oat milk,so i am going to try that!loved the Video also,xx

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  11. Oh Rhonda,
    So great to hear your voice and cute accent in the ginger beer video!!
    I have enjoyed your blog since first reading it...Every time I read a post I feel like I need to have a cup of tea. You make it sound so inviting. I am from the US and tea time is not so big here. Guess we just snack all day long, but seriously, I think that your "tea" is actually what we call supper or dinner, our evening meal. Happy Birthday to Hanno and so happy he is healing nicely!

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  12. I have made oat milk many years ago because my son couldn't have dairy ..not really a big fan of it...prefer almond milk...I have been making my own ginger beer for quite a few years now it's always a big hit with every one who comes to visit...and my DP kev really loves it after work on a hot night. I love making all my food from scratch because then you know what's in it ...Happy belated birthday wishes to Hanno hope he had a great day :)
    Sherrie from Simpleliving :)

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  13. I have just caught up here, & found out about Hanno. Thank goodness he is going to be OK. It was the perfect opportunity to revisit using the chainsaw only when I or someone else is here with my partner. I read your words to him, & thank you for sharing them.

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  14. Rhonda (and Hanno)!

    While the chain saw accident was devasting for you, your warning saved me from the possible same fate yesterday. I had five trees come down in the recent wind and rain storms we have had here in the NC mtns. Since we burn wood for heat and water, it was a gift to have these on the ground. The goats had eaten all they wanted of the bark, so I put a new chain on my saw and went out to work.

    I cut the first few cuts without any problem. I had carefully checked the blade when I put it on, but, apparently, I had neglected to remember that the chain would stretch when warm. I started the next cut and the chain partially slipped off. Fortunately, I stopped as soon as I noticed it and was saved the consequences. If I had not read the posting about the saw chain flying off, I would not have been as aware of mine.

    I put the chain back on and stopped to check it every few cuts Just To Be Sure.

    Thanks for the warning!

    Martha, the wood cutter :)

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    1. Oh wow. We all really need to stay safe. It just shows us again, Martha, how easy it is to have an accident. I've just read your comment out to Hanno and we're both very pleased you're safe. XX

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  15. Happy Belated Birthday Hanno! I am so glad you had a nice quiet birthday at home. Wishing you both a beautiful day. Hugs :)

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  16. 30?! Here in Tassie thats a high summer temperature if ever I heard one! I spent a long time trying to find a non dairy milk to use in tea. I am a dyed in the wool tea drinker and would give up most other things before I gave up drinking tea so finding something suitable AND enjoyable to have in my tea was vital. I can't drink it black (blech...tannins!) and tried oat milk as my first port of call. I like the flavour of it BUT homemade oat milk makes a sort of slimy residue when you combine it with hot liquids...not so good! In the end I started making my own almond milk and cashew milk and both of them are wonderful in tea. Cheers for sharing the oat milk. I like making smoothies out of it with honey and cinnamon and a couple of frozen bananas...heaven! :)

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  17. Lovely to hear your voice, Rhonda. The vid puts another dimension to your blog. Glad Hanno is on the mend and that you both enjoyed his birthday. :-D

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  18. I'm going to try that recipe for Oat Milk, I've just bought some and seeing how little it would cost to actualy make it myself, it's well worth a go, and I'm sure my chooks would love the sludge, after I've claimed a bit of it for some scones that is!

    I loved hearing your voice on the video, now I'll hear you when I read your Blog posts.

    Sue xx

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  19. Will definitely have to try that oat milk, and the ginger beer. It looks gorgeous. I'm not so scared of fermented products now that I've tried sourdough. :) I just popped by to take a look at your soap making post because my hubby found some lye on sale at a hardware store- so I finally get to try it! :) So excited! :)
    The Girl in the Pink Dress
    PS Happy belated Birthday Hanno! Hope you are feeling better. :)

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  20. Will definitely have to try that oat milk, and the ginger beer. It looks gorgeous. I'm not so scared of fermented products now that I've tried sourdough. :) I just popped by to take a look at your soap making post because my hubby found some lye on sale at a hardware store- so I finally get to try it! :) So excited! :)
    The Girl in the Pink Dress
    PS Happy belated Birthday Hanno! Hope you are feeling better. :)

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  21. Wow! Your ginger ferment is amazing with all that movement. I started a ferment last week after reading your post; I'd been meaning to make one for a while, but your post pushed me to do it. Anyhow, I thought I was doing well with a jar of little tiny bubbles, but after looking at your living, moving ferment, I am rethinking that. I will do a bit of experimenting and adjusting, maybe it needs more sugar, the cover has too tight a weave, or it cooled off a few days ago so maybe if I pop it in the oven with the light on. I will keep trying.

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  22. For the Oat Milk, is it just plain supermarket bought Rolled Oats that you use Rhonda?

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  23. Yes Edwina, it's ordinary old rolled oats from the supermarket.

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  24. Love your foray into videoing for the blog. I've posted the odd sideways photo in the past and then realised I couldn't edit it afterwards and that changes had to be done before uploading to the blog. Lovely to hear your voice and you've finally answered a question I've been wondering about for around 30 years - why my ginger beer was alcoholic....because I didn't stir it enough! That was the last lot I made as no one could tell me the answer and I was afraid it would keep happening. I was 16 at the time and it made my best friend quite tipsy and then sick!

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