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Milk Machine

Makes 'milk' of various types
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All this talk of TiO2 has reminded me of last week's experiments with non-dairy milk. This goes further than [8th]'s Postmix milk blender in that you start with water rather than fat-free dairy.

Milk is just an emulsion of trace ingredients - 1-5% fat depending on taste and some minerals. In fact its so cheap to make I'm pretty sure supermarkets are making their own and not letting on. We already have dairy free butter substitute spreads (emulsions).

Ever noticed how cashew nuts have a milky taste ? Trying chucking 4 nuts, a teaspoon of rape seed oil (canola) and cup of water into a blender. It looks quite 'thin' but doesn't settle out as rape seed oil has a natural emulsifier.

So the milk machine has a hopper for powder; I'd go for something like a calcium based multivitamin powder (for vits and white colouring) mixed with a few cashews and a commercial emulsifier. The oil feeder could contain any supermarket oil.

Milk on demand with any dialled in fat content, but the fat could be like rape seed oil rich in omega stuff and not animal fat.

bigsleep, Nov 01 2016

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       // chucking 4 nuts, a teaspoon of rape seed oil (canola) and cup of water into a blender. //   

       <chucks 4 nuts, a teaspoon of rape seed oil (canola) and cup of water into a blender>   

       <waits>   

       <waits some more>   

       Nothing's happening - just the nuts and oil floating on the water.   

       Should it be powered on or something ?
8th of 7, Nov 01 2016
  

       How does this differ from things like almond milk or soya milk?
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 01 2016
  

       Four different kinds of nuts.   

       //How does this differ from things like almond milk or soya milk?//   

       About one quid. And you get more control of the flavour.
bigsleep, Nov 02 2016
  

       <stares hopefully at blender>   

       No, still nothing. Just water, with oil and nuts on top.
8th of 7, Nov 02 2016
  

       [bigs], I suspect that this is an experiment that you could do.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 02 2016
  

       Done it already - very successful. Ok, I put the nuts through a spice grinder first. Haven't tried grinding a multi-vit tablet yet though.
bigsleep, Nov 02 2016
  

       // <stares hopefully at blender> //   

       Put the spoon in too. You know, minerals are good.
whatrock, Nov 02 2016
  

       Now let's talk about how miserably even the top o Th line blenders actually purée and emulsify. once [ 8th ] figures out how to turn it on the blender will only make chunky bits in an oily emulsion. Thanks anyway but I'll spring for the Almond milk.
dentworth, Nov 02 2016
  

       <waves at [dentworth]>   

       <drops in spoon>   

       <stares hopefully at blender, but with slowly fading hope>
8th of 7, Nov 02 2016
  

       Why not just eat the nuts, drink the water, and put the oil on the door hinges?
pocmloc, Nov 02 2016
  

       ^ Cereal and tea. If you add water to tea its just diluted tea.   

       //stares hopefully at blender//   

       Start a UT channel - "Will it blend ?". With 2 minute videos of staring at a blender.
bigsleep, Nov 02 2016
  

       There might be some mileage in making synthetic milk using a microfluidic droplet generator instead of conventional emulsification. All the fat droplets would be exactly the same size.   

       I can see no conceivable benefit of this, but then again Edison failed (to his cost) to see the practical applications of the electric chicken painter, so who knows?
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 02 2016
  

       // All the fat droplets would be exactly the same size. ... I can see no conceivable benefit of this //   

       ... and yet somehow you've just spawned a new EU directive.
8th of 7, Nov 02 2016
  
      
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