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Old 10-14-2010, 12:56 PM   #1
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My mom is allergic to dairy (think throat swells shut type allergy). She is wanting to make her own cream soup for casseroles. Is there a non-dairy milk alternative that would be better for something like that? She's tried rice and soy and think they have too sweet of a taste to work well. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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I'm afraid I don't have any suggestions but I just thought that I would mention making sure to use the unflavored, unsweetened soy for cooking. I used to work in a natural foods store and customers would complain that their soymilk was too sweet for cooking. Usually, 99% of the time, they had purchased the vanilla flavored soymilk.
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Hmmm, I switch back and forth between Almond milk (Almond Breeze original) and Plain soy (Silk with extra dha). I don't think the plain silk is sweet at all and I use it for my cream soups, etc.
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Re: ? about milk alternatives

What about the So Delicious Coconut Milk? I believe it comes in unflavored. I know my cousin, whose dd is also deathly allergic to dairy (and soy, and nuts), mentioned that the So Delicious was thicker than the rice milk. G/L
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i hope you find an answer I even went to whole foods to look for an alternative to milk based cream soups (ie cream of mushroom and cream of broccli) but couldn't find a thing!!
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Re: ? about milk alternatives

I have the same kind of dairy allergy as your mom and I'm also soy intollerant. Bummer. I use unsweetened original almond breeze (make sure it specifically says unsweetened on the box! Just original is not the same thing) for a lot of stuff, but I also use a lot of nuts in my cooking as well. Ground up raw cashews add a rich creamyness and help to thicken sauces. It's my favorite for a béchamel or white sauce (which can be the base for a cream of ... soup). I occasionally use macadamias in the same way for puddings and dessert sauces, but more often than not, I use unsweetened coconut milk since macs are so expensive. Bryanna Clark Grogan has a good recipe for dairy-free white sauce/béchamel that I've used as a guide before. I do it so often that I just kinda do it by texture/ taste and tailor it to what I'm trying to make. I'll go look it up... HTH

DAIRY-FREE BECHAMEL OR WHITE SAUCE

makes 2 cups

This sauce can be made soy-free– see the end of the recipe.

This rich-tasting sauce is actually quite low in fat. It can be used as an all-purpose white sauce in all of your cooking, and as a topping for Greek dishes, such as vegetarian moussaka, and even as a substitute for melted cheese in many casseroles. In Italy, this type of sauce is used on lasagna rather than the heavy melted cheeses in American-style lasagne.

I think this formula is a great improvement upon vegan white sauces made completely with soymilk, which I find too sweet. The tofu (or cashews) and broth cube add richness without much fat.


INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons dairy-free margarine or extra-virgin olive oil

1½ to 3 tablespoons unbleached flour (depending on thickness desired)

BLENDED MIXTURE:

1 cup soy, almond, or rice milk

½ cup extra-firm SILKEN tofu or regular medium-firm tofu, crumbled

½ cup water

1 “chicken-style” vegetarian broth cube (or enough for 1 cup of liquid), crumbled

½ teaspoon salt

a large pinch EACH of freshly-grated nutmeg and white pepper


DIRECTIONS:

Place all of the Blended Mixture ingredients, EXCEPT the nutmeg and pepper, in the blender and blend until VERY smooth. Set aside.

Melt the margarine in a medium, heavy saucepan and whisk in the flour. Whisk it over medium-high heat for a few minutes, but remove from heat before it starts to change color (you want a white “roux”). Scrape this into the Blended Mixture and blend for a few seconds, then pour the mixture back into the pot. Stir over medium-high heat until it thickens and boils; turn down and simmer on low for a few minutes. Whisk in the nutmeg and pepper.

MICROWAVE OPTION: Melt the margarine in a large microwave-safe bowl or 1 qt. Pyrex measuring beaker on HiGH for 45 seconds. Whisk in the flour and microwave on HIGH 2 minutes. Scrape this into the Blended Mixture and blend briefly, then pour it back into the bowl or beaker, or pour in the Blended mixture and mix with a hand immersion blender until smooth. Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. Whisk. Microwave for 2 more minutes. Whisk. Microwave for 2 minutes more. Whisk in the nutmeg and pepper. IF DOUBLING THE RECIPE, use a larger bowl and increase the cooking time to 3 minutes each time.

To make this sauce very low-fat: leave out the margarine and simply cook the flour in a dry pan or microwave until it just starts to change color. You can use reduced fat tofu and soymilk, too, if you like.

To make this sauce soy-free: omit the tofu; use ¼ cup more rice or almond milk (1¼ in total) and use ¼ cup raw cashews instead of the tofu. Since the cashews have a thickening effect, use less flour. Use only 2 teaspoons soy-free and dairy-free margarine, or use olive oil.

To make this sauce wheat-free: add the melted margarine or olive oil directly to the blended mixture, along with 1 to 4 tablespoons white rice flour (or mochiko flour, also known as sweet/glutinous rice flour) in stead of the wheat flour (so you omit the first cooking step). 4 tablespoons makes a very thick sauce.

NOTE: Sauces made with mochiko flour (also called sweet or glutinous white rice flour—though it contains no gluten!) (see under Wheat-Free above) are excellent for freezing (for instance, if you freeze a prepared but not baked lasagne), because the sauce will not separate when thawed.
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Old 10-15-2010, 02:42 PM   #7
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@alabamafamily: So Delicious coconut milk is thicker than rice milk. I find it to be about the same consistency as whole milk.
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Re: ? about milk alternatives

Thanks for your responses. She ended up buying unsweetened almond milk as that is what her W-M had. If that doesn't work, her "big city" daughter (me, who lives in a town of 30K) will end up checking out the health food store to see what I can come up with.

@ Nandis: thanks for the recipe. I forwarded it to her.
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Re: ? about milk alternatives

What about hemp milk?

http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/...hemp-milk.html

http://www.wellsphere.com/healthy-li...mp-milk/836252

They have actually done some more research on soy milk - and it is actually not good for you...
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My family drinks soy milk... I've never had 2 different types or brands that taste the same. She could try different brands and types. Definitely the original or plain, unsweetened kind.
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