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Plant-based milk is a great alternative for people who are allergic to cow milk or those who prefer non-dairy milk because they are vegan or vegetarian.
And while you may have already tried other plant-based milk like almond or oat milk, a company in Sweden is now making potato milk.
Potato milk from Swedish brand Dug is available at major grocery retailer Waitrose in the United Kingdom. The company claims that potato milk is “delicious and creamy,” with three options for shoppers: original, unsweetened or barista blend, which is creamy and ideal for foaming up for lattes.
Plant-based milk like soy often separates when they are mixed with hot coffee or other foods or beverages, but Dug claims potato milk doesn’t because it is made with an emulsion of potatoes and rapeseed.
Dug’s potato milk also contains fiber, vitamins and minerals. Additionally, potato milk is a great milk alternative for most people because it is dairy-, soy-, nut- and gluten-free.
Potato milk is more eco-friendly than dairy milk
The company also claims that Dug potato milk has “impressive sustainability statistics” since potatoes are a more sustainable crop to grow compared to soybeans, nuts and oats.
Potatoes are also more sustainable than raising dairy cows.
Unlike crops used to make other kinds of plant-based milk, potatoes are water-efficient, using 56 times less water than almond crops. Potatoes also have twice as much land efficiency compared to oat crops since the former yield higher amounts per square meter.
According to the Dug website, potato milk has a “significantly lower” climate footprint compared to dairy milk. If you switch to a potato-based non-dairy milk alternative, the climate impact is reduced by about 75 percent.
What does potato milk taste like?
While potato milk is mostly described as having a neutral taste, some customers say it has a salty aftertaste. If you’re worried about potato milk being too salty for sweetened coffee or cereal, it might suit creamy pasta dishes better.
Customers in the U.K. can try Dug by buying it at Waitrose or at online retailers like Amazon. Shoppers in America will have to wait because Dug only delivers to the U.K. and is the sole commercial retailer for potato milk as of writing.
In 2015, a brand called Veggemo launched a potato-based milk but the company is now out of business. Some predict that potato milk could be the plant-based protein trend of 2022, and it’s possible that it will soon be available in the United States. (Related: Coconut milk: 8 Reasons why you should start drinking this non-dairy milk alternative.)
While you’re waiting, you can try making potato milk at home.
Potato milk recipe
You can make potato milk at home and the ingredients are much cheaper compared to other nut-based milks like almond or cashew. To mask the salty aftertaste of potato milk, add a couple of tablespoons of almonds and a bit of a natural sweetener.
Store the potato milk in a container like a glass jar for several days in the fridge. Potato milk doesn’t freeze well, so make it in smaller batches.
You can also try adding a bit of cinnamon, cocoa powder, or vanilla extract to give the potato milk a flavor boost. You can also replace the almonds with other plant-based ingredients like cashews, coconut flakes or oats.
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