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How To Make Vegan Alternatives At Home​? The Cheap Way

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Following a vegan diet might be hard at some point because of the limited options available in the market. And the brands that are offering these vegan alternatives can be a bit expensive for some. However, you can work your way around it by making these alternatives at your home, it would not only be cheaper but you will also eliminate the possibility of added preservatives in those packaged products.

This article will cover instructions on how you can make some major vegan alternatives from the comfort of your home.

How to make Vegan Alternatives at home- Vegan Milks?

How To Make Vegan Alternatives At Home- Vegan Milks?

It is the most used dairy in several recipes. In the vegan version, you can have soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, peanut milk, cashew milk, and oat milk.

Soy milk

  • Soak 1 cup of soybeans overnight in water. 
  • After soaking, drain and rinse thoroughly.
  • Place the drained soybeans in a high-speed blender with 1.5 cups of water and blend till smooth.
  • Strain the milk through cheesecloth.

Coconut milk

To make Coconut milk
  • Soak 1 cup of chopped coconut overnight in water. 
  • After soaking, drain and rinse thoroughly.
  • Place the drained coconut chips in a high-speed blender with 2 cups of water and blend until smooth.
  • Strain the milk through cheesecloth.

Almond milk

  • Soak 1 cup of raw, unsalted almonds overnight in water. 
  • After soaking, drain and rinse thoroughly.
  • Place the drained almonds in a high-speed blender with 4 cups of water and blend till smooth.
  • Strain the milk through cheesecloth.

Peanut milk

To make Oat milk
  • Soak 1 cup of raw, unsalted peanuts overnight in water. 
  • After soaking, drain and rinse thoroughly.
  • Place the drained peanuts in a high-speed blender with 1.5 cups of water and blend till smooth.
  • Strain the milk through cheesecloth.

Oat milk

  • Soak 1 cup of rolled oats (not instant/quick-cooking) overnight in just enough water to cover the oats.
  • In the morning, rinse the soaked oats thoroughly – the soaking liquid will feel a little slimy, so you want to get rid of the excess starch.
  • Once the soaked oats are rinsed and drained, add to a blender with 1 cup of water and blend until smooth.
  • Drain the blended oat mixture through a cheesecloth and set aside.
  • Take the remaining oat pulp that it’s in the cheesecloth and put it back in the blender with ½ cup of water. Blend and strain once more.

Cashew milk

  • Soak 1 cup of raw cashews (none of the roasted, salted stuff here, people!) overnight in enough water to cover.
  • In the morning, drain your cashews and put them into a blender along with 3-4 cups of water, depending on how thick or thin you would like your milk to be.
  • Blend, starting on a low speed and gradually increasing the speed, until smooth and frothy. No straining required!

How to make Vegan Alternatives at home- Vegan Cheese ?

How To Make Vegan Alternatives At Home- Vegan Butter?

Vegan cheese is easy to find in the market but did you it is basically crushed soybeans made into a block.

Here’s how,

  • First, wash the soybeans and then soak the soybeans overnight or 4 hours until softened. Transfer to a blender and add water. 
  • Blend until very smooth.
  • Place gauze on a strainer and then strain the soy milk. 
  • Bring the soy milk to a boil. Skin off the bubbles on the surface. Stir from time to time in the heating to avoid the sticky bottom. Remove from heat and rest for 2 to 3 minutes until the temperature drops around 80 degrees C to 90 degrees C.
  • Whisk 3 tablespoons of vinegar or 3 fresh lemon juice with 1 cup of water
  • Use a small spoon and gently stir the acid mixture in until all the tofu protein becomes firm. Don’t use all the acid mixture all at once (Use it accordingly)
  • Transfer the mixture to a shaping tool and press it with a heavyweight for at least 1 hour.
  • After this process, transfer the block into cold water and let it sit for half an hour.
  • Now your tofu is ready to eat

How to make Vegan Alternatives at home- Vegan Egg?

How To Make Vegan Alternatives At Home- Vegan Egg?

An egg is a great binding mixture for most of the recipes. However, in vegan culture, it’s a strict no-no. There are several other vegan substitutes that can do the job as well as an egg. Few of them are – 

  • Mix 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • Add any vegan yogurt
  • Whirl 1/4 cup silken tofu in a blender, adding water until smooth.
  • Mash ripened banana
  • Stirring 1 tablespoon ground flax seed in 3 tablespoons water until thick and gelatinous.

How to make Vegan Alternatives at home- Vegan Butter?

How To Make Vegan Alternatives At Home- Vegan Butter?

Some vegan butter and margarine brands are questionable due to some questionable ingredients and hydrogenated fats present in them. So it’s better to make your vegan butter at home to get the same creamy and buttery texture.

Making butter can take a few minutes. To make almond butter,

  • Roast some almonds on a pan for few minutes
  • Transfer those roasted almonds into a blender add a pinch of salt and blend it until you achieve a creamy consistency
  • After blending, transfer the mixture into the vessel and refrigerate it for a few hours.
  • You vegan almond butter is now ready 

You can add powdered cinnamon, vanilla extract, or honey to give an extra twist to the butter. Also, this same routine can be followed to make peanut and cashew butter.   

      

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