Brown rice.

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season!

I have enjoyed my mini vacation this past month, but now it’s time to get back to work and keep blogging. Today I wanted to just talk about what I am doing today.

I am making Organic Rice Milk from scratch.

Using organic brown rice, clean reverse osmosis water, some powdered kelp, and sea salt. That’s pretty much the ingredients, aside from some flavorings (cinnamon, maple syrup and vanilla). It’s on the stove simmering for the next three hours. I will post the recipe on my recipe section later today. I always like to try out recipes before I actually post them, so if this doesn’t work out I may not post it until I get a good tasting recipe. I wouldn’t want to give you a recipe that doesn’t work, or that I have not tried myself. Sometimes I find a recipe but it needs to be altered, so I work on changing amounts, use a substitute organic ingredient, or add something to it to make it better…. in my opinion of course!

Why rice milk

Main reason is that I need to get off of dairy products because dairy apparently promotes snoring, especially if you drink or eat it right before bed. It promotes mucous creation, so it clogs you up.  I actually have sleep apnea, so I am trying to limit any factors that make me snore.

Rice milk is very inexpensive to make. Why pay three dollars or more per half gallon, when you can make it at home for the cost of a half cup to a cup of rice? What’s that cost? I’d say 30 cents in rice, and depending on where you get your water another 0- 15 cents for a half gallon. Even if you buy organic brown rice, like I do, the cost is still minimal. I feel these companies that are making rice milk are ripping us off. I can see paying a bit more for a nut milk just because nuts are pricey and so are a bit more expensive to make. I am sure you can still produce a nut (almond, flax, coconut, sunflower, brazil nuts… etc.. ) milk cheaper than buying it though. Most of the product is water anyhow, so what are you really paying for in the first place? Flavored water, that’s what!

Oh! Let’s not forget all the special additives that they put in it, to give it the consistency of cows milk (1 or 2%). Soy Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, sweeteners, potassium citrate, carrageenan, calcium carbonate, artificial flavors, artificial colors and maybe a few vitamins. It’s a GMO nightmare. The rice milk I am making only adds cinnamon, maple syrup and vanilla extract to flavor it. You should try to find organic spices, but since there are not any genetically modified spices, normal ones will do if you want to keep the costs down. Vanilla extract being the most expensive item in the list.. not much is needed though.

I still think that making a half gallon for under a buck is better than buying some GMO infested product off the shelf, just for the ease and convienence of having it premade. Hopefully there are some non-GMO brands on the shelves, I have not seen one yet. This is why I chose to make my own. I hope that this experiment will turn out well. Look for the recipe later today to be posted in the recipe section.

Ok aside from cost and GMO’s, rice milk has some health benefits: It is low in cholesterol, can help you in losing weight, it’s naturally sweet – so the maple syrup can be an optional item, boosts your immune system and can be good for your heart. See this article for more info: Benefits of Rice Milk. You can research more on your own.

I’m excited to try this out. Do look for the recipe to be posted later today or tomorrow.

Again, Happy New Year to you all! May you have a great GMO free year!

Remember to sign the petitions to label GMO’s if you live in California. You will see people everywhere trying to get signatures, please sign it! We need this to be a law so that we know what is in our food! I feel we have a right to know!

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