Potatoes milk presented in a glass and 2 bottles
Potato milk is the new non-dairy alternative to milk.

Food Trend: What Is Potato Milk?

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Potato Milk: How Is It Made?

Actually, it’s super easy to make potato milk. You don’t need any complicated equipment or ingredients, just the humble potato and some salt and sugar. 

  • First, peel some white potatoes.
  • Boil them until tender. 
  • Drain the potatoes and add salt, sweetener, and water. 
  • Blend together until you have a smooth, creamy consistency. It’s that simple! 

Now you have your own non-dairy alternative to milk.
You can add flavours to your potato milk and sweeten it to taste. 

Potato milk will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about three days, but doesn’t freeze well.

Bottle of potato milk, some potatoes, and a glass of potato milk
Potato milk: a new kind of non-dairy milk

Who Invented Potato Milk?

Potato milk was invented by Eva Tornberg, professor of food technology, engineering, and nutrition at Lund University in Sweden. She was working with a company in Sweden making potato starch when she had the idea of creating potato milk

According to Tornberg, potato protein has a similar composition to milk and egg protein,
and so she experimented until she arrived at potato milk.

One of the ingredients in potato milk is rapeseed oil; it contains 10% Omega-3 fatty acids, which are usually found in foods like fish. This makes potato milk a good vegan source of those essential nutrients.

Potato milk can be an easy homemade drink.
Potato milk is easy to make, adding some salt and sugar.

What Are the Benefits of Potato Milk?

But why are people drinking potato milk anyway? Is potato milk good for your health? This dairy alternative is reputed to provide antioxidants, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, and folic acid. What’s more, potato milk has fewer saturated fats than cow’s milk. As to why more people are drinking potato milk, for much the same reason that people drink other alternative milks like nut milks and soy milk. 

Potato milk is a viable option for people who are on a specific diet such as:

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What Does Potato Milk Taste Like?

Potato milk has a mild, creamy flavour. Many people say it tastes similar to other plant-based milks, like oat milk and almond milk, or like a thicker version of soy milk. 

It has a thick mouthfeel without being floury.

And in case you’re wondering, those who’ve tried it say it has a neutral flavour and doesn’t taste like potatoes!

Young woman drinking a glass of potato milk
Potato milk is a new alternative to cow’s milk for people with specific diet.

What Are Some Tasty Ways to Use Potato Milk?

One important thing to point out is that potato milk doesn’t work well in tea and coffee. It can curdle in hot mixtures, so is best avoided in hot drinks. Hot chocolate with potato milk is off the menu, sorry.

It’s best served cold to appreciate its smooth, silky texture.
Try it with granola or in milkshakes. 

Because potato milk is non-dairy it can be a great base for vegan milkshakes. The creamy consistency of potato milk works really well in milkshakes with all kinds of fruit to add flavour. By the way, did you know you can also make your own granola?

More and more restaurants and cafés are beginning to offer this and other non-milk alternatives—ask your server about it on your next dining out!

Glass of green milkshake with potato milk added
Potato milk is a great base for vegetarian or vegan milkshakes.

The Swedish company Dug now sells potato milk in Sweden and the UK, and it looks set to catch on in a big way. If the vegan aspect of potato milk has caught your attention, why not try it today as part of a more plant-based diet? The next time you’re going for a vegan option, check the menu, you might find potato milk on it! 

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Potato milk: 3 questions

Potato milk was first developed by Eva Tornberg, professor of food technology at Lund University in Sweden when she was researching starch and potato protein. It's now sold across the UK and Sweden under a brand name.

There are 1.3 g of protein in a 100 ml serving of potato milk. This is about as much protein as other non-dairy milks, such as coconut and rice milk.

Compared to cow’s milk, it has fewer saturated fats. Potato milk is also lactose- and gluten-free, which is great if you have allergies or intolerance.

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