Product Type: Kara Soft Drink
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From Cows To Coconuts!
Kara Dairy Free Coconut Milk
Member Name: Machair1
Kara Dairy Free Coconut Milk
Advantages: A pure drink with a cows' milk taste.
Disadvantages: None at all.
If you have a dairy intolerance or are trying to avoid placing too greater emphasis on cows' milk for your daily needs, then you might be interested in a product which is new to the UK market, but one which I feel is well worth looking at.
Consumers now have a wonderful choice where dairy fee alternatives are concerned. There are soya, nut, and rice milks in abundance, and even oat milk is widely available, but the product I am reviewing here -Kara Coconut Milk is a new concept.
Not a thick coconut milk product, that being the tinned version you can buy which is so lovely in home made curry, this is a thin milk substitute designed to complement breakfast cereal.
I purchased mine in the whole-foods section of Tesco where it retails for £1.29 per litre. This milk is also available from Planet Organic which is a brilliant on-line shop which also has outlets in London. Supplied in a long life form this is ideal to have in the cupboard. Each carton unopened has a shelf life of nine months.Once opened you should use within five days.
The carton is a stunning blue and white and is eye catching on the shelf. Made from freshly pressed coconut milk, it is totally free from cholesterol and is only 2% fat. It has no artificial flavours, preservatives or colourings, and a 250ml glass provides 37.5% of the RDA of calcium. Vegans and coeliacs can both enjoy this milk, which is produced using coconuts grown in Indonesia. In fact this milk is made from coconuts grown in East Sumatra in groves owned by the company making this drink, who have been farming there since 1986, making many coconut products.
Now I have tried all the milk substitutes and feel they fall pretty much into three categories. The first have an overpowering flavour which you either love or hate. These milks will swamp the taste of any foods which accompany them. For this group "So Good" comes to mind as it is lovely soya milk but has a distinctive taste. The second group are those which have a main purpose such as oat milk-this really lends itself to porridge, but can be odd in other situations, and in my opinion fails miserably in tea. The third group are the understated background milks, and this category has plenty of room for drinks like Kara Coconut Milk as this is what it is - a pure drink with a mild flavour. It does not have an overwhelming taste of coconut - in fact only 8% is coconut milk, the rest is filtered water and fruit extract. I would even go so far as to say if it didn't say coconut on the carton, you wouldn't be able to guess!
The full ingredient list is as follows:
Filtered Water,Coconut Milk 8.4% ,Fruit Extract Concentrate ,Calcium Phosphate ,Emulsifier: Sucrose Ester ,Sea Salt ,Colour: Natural Carotene
100mls will give you 27 calories which is half that of semi skimmed milk.
I have used it for several months now and find it so useful on muesli and other breakfast cereals, and in tea and coffee, where it performs as well as all its major competitors. It has a fresh clean taste and looks and tastes like skimmed milk in both colour and consistency, maybe being slightly thinner and more watery.
The milk is heated treated before packaging so is ideal to store at home. In addition to the other attributes this milk has a high concentration of Lauric Acid. This is a medium chain fatty acid and is thought to control cholesterol. Furthermore it is not stored as fat, but the body is able to use it for energy, so if you are looking to lose weight this could be a good choice.
The milk is being sold and marketed here in the UK by First Grade, who is a UK subsidiary of the Sambu group, a company based out in Indonesia. Sambu actually monitor the production from the seed to the finished product, and the result is a high quality milk which is almost indistinguishable from cows' milk in my opinion.
You can cook with the milk, make it into milk shakes and use it for tea and coffee, it is so versatile, and the price is good value, so for a milk substitute this one is hard to beat.
If you are just venturing into the world of alternative milks this one is a great place to start, because it really can be used for everything, and it has a subtle flavour allowing it to be in the background.
I actually love all the alternative milks and have found some real gems over the years, but this one is hard to beat if you simply want something else to replace cows' milk. You are going to find it hard to tell the difference!
Summary: Well worth trying as a subtle alternative to cows milk.