Packaging! The evil villain in the Real Life movie of Planet Destruction. So much of it, we are literally drowning in it! For a long time, I have raged against Tetrapak packaging. In New Zealand, we do not have the technology to recycle it as it is made up of 4 different layers of plastic, cardboard and aluminium heat-bonded together. So everything goes into landfill, clogging up and choking Papatuanuku (Maori for Mother Earth) for the next few decades. I have tried to recycle them myself, by making them into wallets. Trouble is, many people no longer use cash, so a wallet is a thing of the past. Recently, I hit on the brainwave of making them into sewing kit travel packs. Inside the wallet, I store a selection of buttons, cotton, pins, needle and safety pins (for emergency mending while on holiday). They may make great little gifts to give away for that person heading off on a tropical holiday….
My husband goes through periods of moving away from cow’s milk, preferring to use soy, oat or rice milks. Trouble is, these all come in non-recyclable tetrapaks. And there is only so many tetrapak wallets we can make (I don’t know that many friends heading off to travel!). So I was mighty fine excited when I discovered Megan May’s recipe online for making oat milk. Easy Peasy! Reduce the load of landfill stockpiles of Tetra-pakaging!! Yay! I have tu-tu-ed with the recipe to make it suit our palate.
How to make oat milk:
- Soak 1 1/2 cups oats for 3-4 hours in 6 1/2 cups filtered water. (We use organic rolled oats)
- Add 1 heaped tspn honey (or other sweetener, if vegan) and a generous pinch of salt.
- Add 1 tspn coconut milk for a creamier version.
- Optional: add a few drops vanilla essence. Blend everything for approximately 30 seconds.
Sieve it once, then pass it a through a nut bag (fine mesh bag) a second time to remove all oaty residue. The residue makes this a slow process, so one can hasten it by squeezing the nut bag to extract the liquid. Voila! Oat milk, beautiful waste-free oat milk! I have also experimented with freezing, and yes, it freezes well!
Why waste the oat residue? Google an oaty raisin biscuit recipe and use these to dunk in your morning cuppa tea with oat milk! It is a hassle to remember to make the oat milk for a constant supply – but the process is easy and apart from the soaking, takes about 15 minutes from start to stop. I can do it blind-folded now! And I love that we are reducing Tetra- packaging waste – AND saving heaps of money in the process!
BTW, oat milk contains calcium, iron, phosphorous,manganese, potassium, Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12! It offers a small amount of protein as well. Sweet! 👍🏽
Thinking Green and Living the Dream!