Whether you have dietary requirements or are keen to cut back on animal produce, there are already a plethora of options when it comes to trying new alternatives to dairy products. However, one of the more intriguing "milk" substitutes to bubble up to the surface recently comes from the humble potato.
Potato milk is the latest plant-based milk and is made in a similar way to other vegan milks such as oat, almond and coconut milk. The potatoes are cooked and then strained and combined with water alongside a few other ingredients to create a creamy delicious milk.
As well as being the latest trend, potato milk is also more environmentally friendly for the planet than other plant-based milks. Growing potatoes takes up around half as much land as oats do and requires less water when compared to almond farming.
Michael Jarvis, is head of marketing for the potato pioneers over at Scotty Brand. “Scotland’s weather, climate and rich soil are perfect for growing potatoes, so when we heard about potato milk, we just knew our Scotty Brand potatoes would be ideal for this," he explained. "They are grown with love and care in Scotland and are full of flavour and goodness. It’s a fact! Our potatoes our truly versatile and can now make milk!”
Scotty have gone on to team up with Scottish vegan recipe creator Vegan Family House to produce not one but two delicious Potato Milk recipes using homegrown Scotty Brand potatoes. Read on to find out more!
Scotty Brand Potato Milk Recipe (makes enough for 5 cups)
4 cups of water
1 large Scotty Brand potato, peeled and boiled (or 3 Scotty Brand baby potatoes)
1 heaped tablespoon of ground almonds (or ground porridge oats, if you don’t want to use nuts).
3 medjool dates or 6 small dates.
Half a teaspoon of vanilla essence
A pinch of salt
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Strain through a nut milk bag, or a sieve lined with cheesecloth, or even a new nylon stocking (rinsed out first).
- Chill in the fridge. Like most plant milks, it’s best to shake or stir before use.
- You could leave out the almonds, dates/sweetener, vanilla and salt for an unsweetened option that maximises sustainability. This option would be excellent for those on specific dietary regimes or with food intolerances.
Potato Milk Chocolate Shake
For a chocolate potato milk, use 1 cup of potato milk per person as per recipe above and simply add 1 banana, and 1 teaspoon of cocoa. Blend together to create a more decadent chocolatey potato milk. Delicious.
Scotty Brand potatoes are widely available throughout Scotland in selected Asda, Co-Op, Lidl, Spar, Tesco and Waitrose stores in Scotland. To find out more about Scotty Brand please visit www.scottybrand.com