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Feb 11, 2011 09:41 PM

Milk Substitute that tastes similar/good in Tea?

Trying to avoid dairy to see if it helps with congestion and allergies.

Coconut milk - I love coconut milk in cooking, but in tea - too coconutty
Rice milk - too thin and watery
Almond - different flavor and texture (grittier) and doesn't 'lighten' tea enough
Soy milk - I actually liked this for a while but after about a year became allergic to it :)

Any suggestions? I can't be the only one looking to replace milk.. there just doesn't seem to be anything close in taste and texture to it, when it comes to putting it in tea.

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  1. Nondairy creamer doesn't have a great health rap but that with almond milk would probably be close. I use almond milk with a little cream, to cut carbs, and it is a great combo.

      1. If you can't find a satisfactory milk substitute, how about switching to a tea that doesn't require milk? Most teas were originally made to stand alone; should be easy to find one to your taste.

        Milk was introduced to cut the astringency of teas that were broken (e.g. tea dust, rather than whole leaf), as broken leaves are more permeable and thus more liable to release bitter and tannic compounds.

        1. While not similar to milk, a squeeze of lime or lemon can cut astringency in tea.

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          1. Have you tried different brands of almond milk? I do find that the homemade ones can be gritty. And some almond milks taste a bit "weak." But I find Almond Breeze brand serviceable. No, it doesn't replace half and half, but I find it better than the other stuff out there. I also tend to be generous with the pour -- I make my tea stronger than usual and add about 3/4 water and 1/4 Almond Breeze.