Plant-based "dairy" options have come a long way from the single shelf of soy milk at the grocery store. If you avoid animal products, you've probably tried coconut, cashew, almond, rice or oat milk among other alternatives. Potato milk is the newest plant-based milk to try if you like to experiment with nutritious ingredients.
What Exactly Is Potato Milk?
Dug, the Swedish manufacturer making potato milk, blends potatoes and pea protein with an emulsifier such as rapeseed oil. The company also fortifies the product with vitamin D, vitamin B12, folic acid and riboflavin. The resulting beverage has a creamy, foamy texture and a mild taste. You can use potato milk in cereal, coffee and anywhere else as a substitute for dairy milk. Fans of the product say it doesn't taste like spuds, so you won't notice an unusual flavor.
In addition to the health benefits of potato milk, this type of beverage has a small environmental impact. It's much more sustainable than similar widely available options such as oat milk and soy milk. In fact, according to the Guardian, growing potatoes uses 56 fewer times the amount of water needed to grow almonds.
In 2021, Dug received recognition from the World Food Innovation Awards. The brand's potato beverage was named best plant-based beverage and best allergy-friendly product of the year.
Where Can You Get Potato Milk?
Dug doesn't distribute its potato milk in the United States at the moment. Fortunately, you can make your own milk at home with a blender, potatoes and just a few other ingredients.
How Do You Make Potato Milk?
Peel your favorite type of potato. Some recipes use russet potatoes, while some even use sweet potatoes for a different flavor and nutritional profile.
Boil your peeled potato until soft in 3 cups of water, salted to taste. Scoop it out once it becomes soft and pour the leftover water into a measuring cup. Add more warm water until it reaches 4 cups. Add anything you like to flavor your potato milk, such as honey or another sweetener, vanilla extract, or a half-cup of your favorite nuts.
Put the cooked potato and the flavored water into your blender. Puree on high for about 5 minutes. If you want a smoother texture, add a bit more water and blend. When you reach the desired thickness, use a cheesecloth to strain the milk into a pitcher or container.
Refrigerate to use in smoothies, shakes and other recipes. You can store cold potato milk for a few days, but the beverage doesn't tend to hold up well in the freezer.
Is Potato Milk Healthy?
Because potatoes tend to be sliced and fried, we don't always think of them as healthy food. In fact, a single potato contains more than 1,500 mg potassium, 34 mg vitamin C and 9 g fiber, not to mention folate, calcium, vitamin D, niacin, antioxidants, phosphorus, vitamin B6 and magnesium.
Potato milk is also a good choice if you have food intolerance issues. It's free of common allergens such as soy, cholesterol, fat, casein, gluten and dairy. To maximize the nutritional value, avoid adding too much sugar or salt to your potato milk. You can also sweeten your potato milk with brown sugar, xylitol, stevia, date syrup or coconut sugar instead of using refined white sugar.
No matter what your reasons for avoiding animal products, potato milk provides a new option if you're tired of your go-to dairy substitute. This product will be popping up in your local shops if it hasn't already, but in the meantime, you can make your own if you're ready to try an alternative dairy alternative.