“ Manufacturer: Kara / Type: Milk „
Since changing my eating habits and becoming Vegan I've tried all of the alternatives to cows milk and this one is by far my favourite! I used to just use soya milk in my cereal, smoothies, tea and so on as I wasn't too keen on the other common cows milk substitutes such as rice and almond milk.
Although soya milk tasted bearable I wasn't keen on the waterry texture and it wasn't particularly tasty either. After a while I just fancied a change. I shop in Tesco a majority of the time and they have quite a wide selection of dairy-free milk but seeing as I'd already tried most of them I decided to take a bit of a risk and try this. I wasn't sure if I'd like this as I thought that the taste of coconut might be a bit too overpowering and sickly but as I love the taste of the cooking version of coconut milk in curries etc I thought that it was worth trying and I'm glad I did - I love it.
I always buy the fresh version but there's a longlife version available as well for the same price. A one litre carton retails at a pound in my local Tesco's and unfortunately it is not on offer very often. Although a pound sounds quite cheap it soon adds up seeing as I get through about four litres of this a week! I use it in everything though - tea, coffee, cereal, smoothies, cooking (eg cakes and pancakes) so I think that if you do drink cow's milk but fancy this as an additional drink or a bit of a change a carton will last you a lot longer.
The 'milk' comes in a tall cardboard carton which is very distinctive - it has a blue background with a picture of milk pouring out of a coconut and into a glass. In the background there's a picture of a tropical tree. This design makes the product seem quite exotic and natural in my opinion like it's fresh from a coconut tree. The back of the carton has all of the relevant information on it as well as the nutritional information. The carton has a screw-on lid which comes sealed to keep it fresh. Once the seal is broken the milk should be kept refrigerated and consumed within 5 days.
The milk itself looks just like cows' milk and the consistency is pretty much the same as well. I was expecting it to be a lot thicker but the milk-like consistency makes it more versatile as if it was as thick as normal coconut milk it wouldn't taste right in a lot of things like tea and coffee. The taste is nice but I must admit that I was initially dissapointed as it's not very 'coconutty' - it's more like sweet soya milk with a very subtle coconutty taste. The sweetness isn't at all sickly or overpowering and over time I've gotten used to the taste of this and I love it.
It doesn't have a synthetic or artificial taste like some milk substitutes do (eg rice milk) and it doesn't taste overpowering. It's just a nice, refreshing taste with a subtle hint of coconut. It isn't creamy or anything and it is very versatile. I use this mainly in smoothies as it doesn't interfere with the taste of the fruit and it is also great with muesli, porridge and I've used it to make pancake mix and cakes a few times too. When I use it in hot drinks or for cooking the coconut taste is pretty much undetectable.
The milk is really low calorie and 100ml contains just 27 calories. The ingredients includes salt which put me off a little but it doesn't taste at all salty. The milk contains lauric acid which has many benefits and one 250ml glass provides 17.5% of the recommended daily amount of calcium.
Overall I highly recommend this milk substitute. It is ideal for anyone who is a Vegan or lactose intollerant but it will make a nice change from cow's milk too. It is affordable, versatile and it tastes nice. Five out of five stars.
After many intend to find an alternative to dairy to add to my morning tea and coffee, I found Kara coconut milk is so far the best option for it. The flavour is very similar to cow's milk, just slightly sweeter and much more refresher. I add it to my porridge, smoothes and tea and also it is very tasty on its own. Also it is really good for cooking. I have recently cooked using Kara coconut milk, very tasty butter scones, chocolate sponge and muffins. Make sure that you shake it very well, otherwise you will find a powdering taste not very nice when it is about to finish.
I usually buy it at Sainsbury's and Holland and Barrett. The price is around 1,49£.
It is made from freshly pressed coconut milk; it is free of lactose, soya and gluten (information from the pack)
Also they sell Kara chocolate coconut milk, fortified with calcium and Vitamins D2 and B12 and (information from the pack)
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!