PACKAGED PLANT-BASED "VEGAN" MILK ARE NOT TRULY VEGAN
When I see vegans and caring people buying cartoned/bottled cashew milk, I get so sad and upset that I want to say something to them (but they might perceive it as rude). Instead, I channel my energy into making educational recipes, articles, and videos! I learned about plastic pollution and how it affects wildlife by watching documentaries like Plastic Planet, Plastic Cow, Tapped, A Plastic Ocean.
Plastic is a huge problem for wildlife, it kills/harms billions of animals, possibly irreversible environment hazard. Carton boxes are made from layers of virgin wood, plastic, and aluminum that is expensive to recycle and rarely get recycled. " Only 20% of America has access to recycling facilities for Tetra Pak" Even if you are able to recycle a plastic bottle or carton box, plastic caps are not recyclable and plastic recycling just delays/slows down pollution and is a minor reduction! It is nice that cows milk (most live in concentration camp like environments) is being replaced with plant-based milks, but the current packaging is very wasteful of earth resources. If I can help to reduce and eliminate plastic pollution, then I will do whatever I can to promote environment and animal harm reduction (a core principle of veganism)!
PRICE OF CASHEW IN STORE BOUGHT CASHEW MILK
Would you pay $40-$75 a pound for cashews? Probably not, especially when you can get cashew pieces as low as $5/lb! But, if you buy a carton/bottle of cashew milk, this is how much you are paying for the few cashews used to make the boxed milk - which is just water with useless (tongue tricking) fillers/thickeners and possibly a bunch of health issues related to consuming plastic packaged food/drinks.
Cost calculation for cashews in a carton of cashew milk:
In a commercial store bought cashew milk there are 25 calories per cup, this is based on the ingredient list. Most of the calories come from the cashews. I will be generous and calculate that all of the 25 calories are from the cashews. 25 calories from cashews is only about 0.16 oz of cashews, which is about 2 cashew nuts! Therefore, in one 8oz cup, there is ONLY 2 CASHEWS!
Based on boxed cashew milk 32 oz (4 cups) - cost ~$3, you pay $75/lb of cashews
Based on boxed cashew milk 64 oz (8 cups) - cost $3.28. you pay $41/lb of cashews
EASY - It takes only 1-2 minutes and does not require any straining or special equipment, just a low cost $60 glass blender* will make very smooth cashew milk, so hopefully that will give you no more excuses for buying bottled/boxed cashew milk! If you can add two ingredients into one container and press the buttons on a blender, then you can make a cashew milk!
EQUIPMENT - Blender* - You do not need a special high-powered, high-speed blender (such as Vitamix or Blendtec) for making any plant-based milks.
NOTE: According to independent studies, "BPA-free" plastic claims have been shown to be untrustworthy! I recommend the $60 Oster Pro 1200* (glass jar blender without plastic on the bottom) to avoid the many toxic chemicals from plastic leaching into your food and avoid supporting the plastic manufacturing industry. Click here to watch our videos about "BPA Free" claims & Blenders.
USES - Homemade cashew milk can be used as any other milk - in