Have you already heard of potato milk but are not sure what it actually is or how to make it? That's no wonder since this dairy-free milk alternative is growing in popularity in Europe and has already become quite popular in the USA, too.
However, you cannot yet purchase it in stores. But the good news is that if you really want to try it, you can make it yourself at home. For that, you need only five ingredients and less than 20 minutes of your time. The whole process is very simple, and this way, you'll be in charge of which ingredients you use and can make sure that the drink turns out to be healthy and delicious.
This potato milk is pretty versatile and can be used in many recipes. You can even use it as a creamer for your coffee in the morning. And if you have any potato milk leftovers, you'll be able to store them in your refrigerator for up to three days or even freeze them if you want to.
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Is Potato Milk a Real Thing?
Yes, potato milk is growing in popularity in many countries worldwide. It is becoming another plant-based and vegan alternative to traditional whole cow's milk (just like almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, soy milk, or any other plant-based or nut milk). It is already being manufactured by a company called DUG and sold in stores in some countries around Europe.
So if you live in the US and really want to try some potato milk right now and don't want to wait until it hits the stores here, your best option is to make it yourself.
Is Potato Milk Healthy?
Overall, yes, potato milk is a healthy plant-based milk alternative, especially if you make it at home by yourself using the right healthy ingredients. Many manufacturers of plant-based milk use a lot of unnecessary ingredients in their products that can be really harmful to your health. So if you want to be on the healthy side and really want some potato milk, I strongly advise you to make it at home to avoid the risk of consuming any harmful ingredients.
Since the main ingredient of potato milk is potatoes, this drink can provide a lot of benefits to your body. Potatoes are packed with antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins, fiber, and minerals.
Potato Milk Ingredients
To make this alternative milk at home, you'll need to prepare five simple ingredients. So basically, here's what you'll need for this potato milk recipe:
- Potatoes: Since this is potato milk, you will need potatoes to make it. It's okay to use any kind of potato; just make sure that it's either white or yellowish.
- Water: Without water, it will be just potato purée, so of course, you'll need some to make potato milk.
- Almonds: This ingredient is optional, but personally, I really enjoy the nutty flavor in my potato milk, so I always add some almonds to it.
- Vanilla extract: This is also optional, but to boost the flavor and make the potato milk even tastier, I like to add some vanilla extract.
- Sweetener: You can skip this one if you want to make unsweetened potato milk. But if you are planning on using it with your coffee or in dessert recipes, it's best to add some sweetener to it. My choice was agave syrup, but you can use any other sweetener that you prefer, such as honey, maple syrup, erythritol, or even regular white sugar or brown sugar.
How to Make Potato Milk
So now that you have gathered all of the necessary ingredients, you can move forward with the cooking process. The first thing that you should do is soak your almonds in some water overnight before making the potato milk. Then, on the day when you're ready to make the potato milk, drain the almonds.
Also, to prepare your potatoes, you will need to peel them and cook them until ready before moving forward. And also, don't forget to drain them.
Then all you need to do is place all of the ingredients in a blender cup and blend everything until smooth. And the last part would be to strain the milk, either using a cheesecloth or a sieve.
To store your potato milk, you need to pour it into an airtight container or jar and place it in your refrigerator. This way, it will be good for up to three days. Just remember to shake it or stir it before using it again after storing it in the fridge.
I do not recommend freezing potato milk since it will mess up the consistency after thawing. But if you really want to freeze it, you can try that. Just keep in mind that the best way to thaw frozen potato milk is to leave it in the fridge overnight.
Homemade Potato Milk
- 2 medium potatoes
- 3 cups water
- ½ cup almonds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp agave syrup
- pinch of salt
- Soak the almond in some water overnight. Drain before adding.
- Peel the potatoes and cut them into small chunks. Then place them in a pot, add the water and salt, and cook until ready (for about 10-12 minutes). Let the potatoes cool down, and then drain them.
- Place the almond and cooked potatoes in the blender.
- Add vanilla extract, agave syrup, and water.
- Blend until smooth, and then pass the liquid through a sieve or cheesecloth.