Ditch Supermarket Alt-Milks for This Simple, No-Mess Press
From nuts to oats to rice to hemp seeds to soy, you can find all sorts of alternatives to traditional dairy these days. A standby for those with lactose intolerance or dietary restrictions, plant-based milks are also far less harmful to the environment (though all ingredients fall along the sustainability scale, and almond milk, for example, requires incredible amounts of water consumption to produce). Ditch the supermarket variety of alt-milks, which are often packed with stabilizers and emulsifiers, and make a fresh batch at home. The general basics are simple enough: soak your ingredients to soften, then blend with water, filter, season to taste, and drink.
While the filtering step can get a little messy, it’s made a whole lot tidier with Modern Milk’s handily designed milk press. Developed in collaboration with Hario, the Japanese glassware company revered by coffee enthusiasts, the simple contraption includes a heat-resistant bottle with silicone grips, a stainless-steel mesh filter, and a “milkstick” to press your blended mixture through the sieve. No fussy cheesecloth or extra equipment needed here; once you’re finished milking it, put the bottle straight into the fridge, and enjoy.