You may have tried our delicious McQueens oat milk before, but have you ever tried making it yourself? Homemade oat milk is not as complicated as you might think and can be done using only one ingredient. Oat milk is lactose free which makes oat milk perfect for those who are lactose intolerant. It is important to note that making oat milk is not like making other alternative milks like almond milk. With homemade oat milk, the goal is to press and squeeze the the mixture as little as possible. This is to make sure you have the right consistency. Read below to find out how to make your own oat milk. Alternatively you a can get your Oat milk delivered to you door twice week in cartons or reusable glass bottles.

Homemade Oat Milk

Ingredients
  

  • 100 g Porridge Oats

Instructions
 

  • Put the porridge oats into a bowl and fill it up with water from the tap. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let the bowl sit for 4 hours or overnight. Do not put in the fridge.
  • Once you have let the oats overnight or for 4 hours, take a sieve and sieve the mixture and draining the water. Rinse the oats under the tap for a few seconds.
  • Now, put the oats into a blender or food processor with 750ml of cold water and 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt. Blend until completely smooth with no oats visible. The more you blend, the creamier your homemade oat milk will be.
  • Put the sieve over a bowl or jug and let the mixture pour out. Leave to strain for about 1 hour.
  • When most of the mixture has been strained, take the sides of the cloth together and squeeze tightly to extract the oat milk.
  • At this point, you can bottle it up and keep in the fridge until you are ready to drink. If the oat milk is too thick for your liking, you can add 50ml of cold water until you reach the consistency you like.

The first time you make homemade milk, you might find it time consuming and tedious but the more you make it, the easier it will become. This drink will last 2-3 days in the fridge and for the best taste, we recommend you shake before use. Making this milk can be a fun task to do at the weekend and you can add your own variations to it. Some people like to add dates when making it or add more salt to it.

Homemade Oat milk

Can I use any type of oats?

Porridge oats do work the best, however you can try using rolled oats to make your homemade milk. The coarser the oat is, the longer it take for them to soak and sieved so porridge oats are best.

My homemade milk is too thin, what can I do?

If your cloth is too thick, this can cause the drink to become thin. This is because more of the mixture is being trapped in the cloth. A muslin cloth is a great type of cloth to use to make sure your milk isn’t too thin. As the recipe states, you can add water to thin the milk but there isn’t much you can do if it’s too thin.

My milk separates when in the fridge, why has this happened?

This is an common occurrence and can happen with almond milk or soya milk. To help with this, simply shake or stir the oat milk before consuming to bring it together again.

Making your own non dairy milk is a great way to start if you are looking to create your own alternative milk. The oat drink is a great addition to tea, coffee, breakfast cereal or even as a drink on its own.

We’re sure that this recipe will spark your interest for making your very own homemade alternative milk. It is a great non dairy alternative to cow’s milk and is widely used for those unable to consume traditional cow’s milk or for anyone who follows a vegan diet.

Oato Oat Milk

If making oat milk is not your thing, then we are pleased to now offer oat milk from Oato which comes in glass reusable bottles. The Oato milk is a creamy milk alternative which is lactose, nut, sugar and soy free. It is made with the freshest British ingredients. It contains no animal products so it is safe to consume if you follow a vegan or plant based diet. Many have said it is the best oat milk and because of the ingredients it is made from. It is also lactose free which makes it the perfect milk alternative as lactose free milk is good for you and offers a suitable alternative.

Oatomilk is made from British ingredients and packed with the right amount of nutrients required. Many say this plant based alternative is one of the best tasting oat milks. Oat milk for lactose intolerant sufferers is the perfect option and gives a wonderful taste to tea and coffee.

Homemade oat milk

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On average, the UK disposes over 33,000 tonnes of milk a year. So in the rare chance you have some milk to use up if the kids haven’t drank it all yet, we have 5 simple and delicious ways to use up your leftover McQueens Dairies milk.

Soup

Using leftovers from a meal to turn into soup is a great way to save waste and the same applies for your milk. Milk is a great addition to any kind of soup you are making. Whether it’s homemade soup or heating up from a can, adding your McQueens milk to it will give a creamier taste. It’s also a great way of sneaking some milk into your kids diets if they don’t usually drink milk. You can find our creamy Carrot Soup with Milk recipe here.

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Yoghurt

Homemade yoghurt requires very little special equipment and tastes delicious. You can make your yoghurt low fat or full fat by adjusting the type of milk you add to it. It can be a long process to ensure your yoghurt has the perfect taste but we think it’s worth it. Swapping out one or 2 ingredients is usually enough to give you all types of flavours. We have created a great recipe how to make your own.

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Smoothies

Smoothies are a great, healthy and nutritious way of using your McQueens Dairies milk. You can add the McQueens milk to give a creamier taste or the thicken or thin it up and can make a variation of delicious smoothies using our handy recipes. You could even swap out the regular McQueens Dairies milk and try Almond or Oat milk if you have extra left over.

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Macaroni Cheese

Nothing says comforting and classic like macaroni cheese. Making the delicious creamy sauce with your McQueens Dairies milk will make for a tasty dish. Boiling the macaroni in boiling milk is a great idea if you want a richer and extra creamy mac and cheese dish. We created a macaroni cheese recipe for you to follow.

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Pancakes

Pancakes aren’t just for Pancake Tuesday. Using your milk to make some light and fluffy pancakes is simple and fun to do. Top them with the classic lemon and caster sugar, or add chocolate sauce or maple syrup for the ultimate treat. Do you have pancakes for breakfast, lunch or dinner?

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Poached eggs taste great. They taste even better when you know the secrets to ensure the perfect shape and the yolk seamlessly slides out the whites. Why not have a go using your McQueens Dairies Free Range Eggs?

Top tips

  1. When it comes to the depth of the water, using a pot with a minimum of 3-4 inches of water is what will give you the perfect round shape to your poached egg. Using a shallow pan with an inch or 2 of water, you will end up with a flat poached egg.
  2. Using fresh eggs that have been delivered or bought the day of you making your poached eggs will result in tighter whites. It will also give more of the spherical shape. Our delicious free range eggs delivered in the morning will be perfect for this.
  3. Cracking your McQueens Dairies eggs into a small sieve and draining out the liquid egg white will help to keep the shape. Transfer the eggs into a smaller dish, this will make it easier to slide into the pot of water.
  4. Adding vinegar to the water will help the egg to maintain the round shape. Adding salt to the water will change the density of the water. This will cause the egg whites to splay. Add a tablespoon of vinegar and stir it in the water at speed, then take your egg and drop it into the middle.
  5. For a firm, white and liquid yolk, set a timer for 3 minutes and then remove from the pot. Gently tap your egg to see if it is to your liking, if not, pop back into the water for a further 30 seconds.

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Making homemade yoghurt isn’t as difficult or complex as you may think. It does take some time and the key is to ensure good temperature control but after you taste the finished product we think the effort is worth it. The best part is, all you need is 2 simple ingredients.

Homemade Yoghurt

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Litres McQueens Dairies Milk
  • 64 g Plain Yoghurt

Instructions
 

  • The first step is to heat up your McQueens Dairies milk. Pour the milk into a large pot on a medium-high heat and warm to just under boiling level. Stir gently to ensure the milk does not stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • Once your milk has been brought to just below boiling point, reduce the heat and allow it cool until it is warm to the touch.
  • Gently add the yoghurt to the pot of milk and whisk until the yoghurt is combined with the milk. Once this is done, remove from the heat.
  • Allow the yoghurt to set for around 4 hours. The longer it sets, the thicker it will be.
  • Once it has set for a minimum of 4 hours you can transfer to the fridge before enjoying.
  • Transfering the yoghurt into storage containers will keep your homemade yoghurt fresh for around 2 weeks.

Hints and tips for making homemade yoghurt

  1. Make sure the milk you use for this recipe is whole milk as this will give a richer taste. If you want to make low fat yoghurt, use skimmed milk and opt for a low fat yoghurt when buying.
  2. Getting your milk to the right temperature is important as this will affect the temperature. You can use a thermometer to ensure it reaches 180°F.
  3. Using air-tight jars are the best ways to store your yoghurt to maintain its freshness and keep your yoghurt for longer.
  4. To make different variations of flavours, you can simply blend any fruit of your choice and add this to the milk and yoghurt mix.
Homemade Yoghurt

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If you are looking for a breakfast that is quick and easy to make, then look no further. This smoked mackerel scrambled eggs dish makes a perfect brunch or lunch.

Smoked mackerel scrambled eggs

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 6 Large McQueens Dairies Free Range Eggs
  • 60 ml McQueens Dairies milk
  • 25 g Butter
  • 4 Slices of bread, toasted
  • 2 peppered smoked mackerel fillets, skinned and flaked

Instructions
 

  • First, get a large bowl and beat the eggs, milk and seasoning together in it. Melt the butter in a pan and then add the eggs. Cook over a low heat for 2-3 mins, stirring occasionally until the eggs have begun to scramble.
  • Next, stir in the mackerel and continue to cook until the eggs are creamy and the mackerel has warmed through.
  • Grab your toasted bagels on plates and divide the scrambled egg mixture between them.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.

You can add some smashed avocado on top for a fuller breakfast meal. Will you be trying this? Make sure to tag us in your photos on social media using the hashtag #mcqueensdairies

Smoked mackerel scrambled eggs

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Warm up your winter with this creamy carrot soup with milk. Perfect for those cold winter days and it’s one of your 5 a day.

Creamy Carrot Soup with Milk

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kg Carrots
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1.2 Litres Vegetable broth
  • 250 ml McQueens Dairies Milk
  • Hint of salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp Plain flour

Instructions
 

  • First, peel and chop the carrots. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and cook the carrots in the butter for 5 minutes.
  • Next, add the vegetable broth then cover with a lid and bring to the boil, then cook on a medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until the carrots are soft.
  • Strain the soup and keep the liquid. Puree the carrots with a hand-blender. Melt the rest of the butter in the pot.
  • Then, sprinkle the flour on top and slowly start adding the vegetable broth whilst mixing continuously.
  • Add your McQueens milk and the carrots to the pot, mix well and allow it to bubble for a few minutes.
  • Add some salt & pepper (optional) or add more milk, depending on how you like the consistency of your soup. Serve and enjoy.

We think you will love our version of creamy carrot soup with milk. You can use any milk from whole milk to organic to add to your soup. Will you be trying this winter warmer? Use the hashtag #mcqueensdairies on social media and let us see your versions!

Creamy carrot soup with milk

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Learn how to make pancakes for Pancake Tuesday with this easy, 7 step recipe. Top them with the classic lemon and caster sugar, or add chocolate sauce or maple syrup for the ultimate treat.

Pancake Recipe

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings 4 People

Ingredients
  

  • 100 g Plain, sifted flour
  • 2 Large McQueens Dairies Free Range Eggs
  • 200 ml McQueens Dairies milk, mixed with 75ml of water
  • 25 g Butter, melted
  • Oil
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • First, sieve the flour into a large bowl. Make a well in the middle of the bowl and break the 2 McQueens Dairies eggs into the middle. Then start whisking the eggs slowly with the flour until combined.
  • Now, gradually add the milk and water mix, mixing as you go. ​The mixture may look lumpy but this will eventually smoothen out.
  • Once you have added all the liquid, give the mixture another whisk. It should have the consistency of thin cream. Just before you start making the pancakes add the melted butter to your pan.
  • Add the butter and oil to a pan and wait for it to heat up.
  • Now, get a ladle full of the pancake batter into the pan. Pick up the pan and tilt it to spread out the batter. Return to the heat. The first side should be cooked in about 1-2 minutes.
  • Check the first side is ready before flipping and waiting a further 1-2 minutes until full cooked. Repeat until all your batter has been used.
  • Stack the finished pancakes on a plate to keep them warm and serve with toppings of your choice.

What are your favourite toppings to add to your pancakes? Make sure to tag us in your Pancake Tuesday photos using the hashtag #mcqueensdairies.

Pancake Tuesday

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Get creative with our baked eggs recipe with a combination of delicious flavours.

Baked Eggs

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

  • 200 g Cherry Tomatoes
  • Quarter of a red pepper
  • 10 ml Olive Oil
  • Black Pepper
  • 50 g Parmesan Cheese
  • Half a Garlic Clove
  • 2 Large McQueens Dairies Free Range Eggs
  • Handful of Basil

Instructions
 

  • First, preheat your oven to 200C. Get your cherry tomatoes and cut in half. Chop the pepper into small pieces. Place them into your frying pan.
  • Next, place on a medium heat. While the tomatoes and pepper are cooking, chop the basil, grate the cheese and mince the garlic clove.
  • Remove the frying pan from the heat. Add in add in the oil, black pepper, basil, cheese and garlic.
  • With a spoon, make 2 dips for your eggs. Crack your McQueens Dairies eggs into the dips. Then place your pan into the oven for around 10 minutes. It is important to keep the eggs runny.
  • Finally, remove from the oven, add some more cheese on top and serve.
Baked eggs recipe

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This stir-fried vegetable omelette dish is a good way of adding extra vegetables to your diet. It provides at least two of the recommended five a day. The free range eggs supply protein to help re-build muscles after exercise while the vegetables add fibre, vitamins A and C, and potassium.

Stir-fried Vegetable Omelette

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 1 Person

Ingredients
  

  • 10 ml Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Onion, sliced
  • 1 Garlic clove, crushed
  • 5 ml chopped root ginger
  • 1 Small carrot, cut into strips
  • 1/2 Red pepper, sliced
  • 60 g Mange-tout, trimmed and halved
  • 4 Button mushrooms, sliced
  • 15 ml Soy sauce
  • 2 Large McQueens Dairies Free Range Eggs
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions
 

For the Stir Fry Vegetables:

  • Heat the oil in a wok, and then add the onion, garlic and ginger. Cook for around two minutes and add the carrot, mange-tout and mushrooms. Stir-fry for 3 – 4 minutes until softened. Stir in the soy sauce and set aside.

For the Omelette:

  • Beat your McQueens Dairies free range eggs in a bowl and add some salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan, add the egg mixture and cook for around 2 – 3 minutes over a medium heat until the egg is almost set all the way through.
  • Add the stir-fried vegetables to one half of the omelette and fold the other half over the top. Move onto a plate and serve with a side of your choice.

You can add some cooked chicken to your omelette if you are looking to add meat to this recipe.

We hope you enjoy making this stir-fried vegetable omelette. Be sure tag us on social media using the hashtag #mcqueensdairies

Stir-fried vegetable omelette.

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This simple Salmon and Egg breakfast wrap comes together in minutes and tastes delicious.

Salmon and Egg Breakfast Wrap

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 2 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Large McQueens Dairies Free Range Eggs
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Chives
  • Pinch of Salt & Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Greek Yoghurt
  • 40 g Smoked Salmon, sliced
  • Grated Zest & Lemon Juice
  • 1 Plain Wrap

Instructions
 

  • First, beat the eggs , chives, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  • Next, take a frying pan and heat the oil in pan. Pour the eggs, chives and salt & pepper into the pan and cook for around 1 minute. Flip the egg over and wait a further minute.
  • Combine the yoghurt with the lemon zest. Place the smoked Salmon over the egg wrap and drizzle with the yoghurt & lemon mix.
  • Roll your wrap up, serve and enjoy.

This hearty breakfast wrap is great for when you want a quick but delicious meal. If you’re in the mood for meat, you could easily substitute the Salmon for bacon or sausage.

You can also make this for lunch because it’s packed full of protein and healthy fats. You can serve with a salad and it makes for such a filling and satisfying lunch.

Salmon and Egg breakfast Wrap

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New you, new recipes

The New Year brings a time for reflection and changes. You may be feeling guilty for pigging out over the holidays but with our 5 healthy smoothie recipes, we’re sure you will find something to help with the guilt and get you back on track for the New Year.

McQueens Dairies milk is a key ingredient in making these delicious smoothies so make sure you’re stocked up on your fresh milk delivery.

Banana Smoothie

In less than 5 minutes, make the most delicious tasting banana smoothie, perfect for breakfast or as a snack.

Banana Smoothie

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Banana
  • 150 ml Yoghurt
  • 250 ml McQueens Dairies Milk

Instructions
 

  • Take your banana and slice it horizontally into small pieces. Pop the chopped banana into your smoothie maker or blender.
  • Add your yoghurt to the blender. The yoghurt is optional but it makes for a protein-packed and creamy smoothie.
  • Add your McQueens Dairies milk to the blender. You can choose from whole, semi or skimmed milk.
  • Finally, blend until smooth and then serve.

Strawberry Smoothie

Enjoy this delightful refreshing smoothie made with strawberries – ready in under 5 minutes.

Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients
  

  • 250 ml McQueens Dairies Milk
  • 150 ml Strawberry Yoghurt
  • 1 Banana
  • 15 g Strawberries

Instructions
 

  • First, slice your strawberries in half and your banana into small pieces.
  • Place your strawberries and banana into your smoothie maker or blender and add your McQueens Dairies milk and the strawberry yoghurt.
  • Blend until smooth. You can add more milk if you find your smoothie too thick at first. Then serve and enjoy.

Blueberry Smoothie

This creamy and refreshing blueberry smoothie is made with yogurt, blueberries and a banana, all blended together into a frosty drink. An easy and delicious way to start off your day!

Blueberry Smoothie

Ingredients
  

  • 15 g Fresh Blueberries
  • 250 ml McQueens Dairies Milk
  • 1 Banana
  • 15 g Yoghurt

Instructions
 

  • Chop your banana into small pieces and add your blueberries to your blender or smoothie maker.
  • Add your yoghurt and McQueens Dairies milk to the blender with the fruit.
  • Blend until smooth. You can add more milk as required if your smoothie is too thick for your liking.

Raspberry Sunrise Smoothie

This simple but refreshing smoothie is perfect for those who have fresh milk and orange juice delivered.

Raspberry Sunrise Smoothie

Ingredients
  

  • 15 g Raspberries
  • 15 g Mango Chunks
  • 250 ml McQueens Dairies Milk
  • 250 ml McQueens Dairies Orange Juice

Instructions
 

  • Place your raspberries, mango chunks, milk and orange juice into a blender.
  • Blend until smooth. You can add more orange juice for a more refreshing taste to your smoothie.

Raspberry and Apple Smoothie

This fresh and tasty smoothie is full of flavour to get your day started off the right way.

Raspberry and Apple Smoothie

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Apple
  • 150 g Raspberries
  • 150 ml Yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp Porridge oats
  • 100 ml McQueens Dairies Milk

Instructions
 

  • Take your apple and chop into small slices.
  • Then pop the apple and the rest of your ingredients into your blender.
  • Blend until smooth. Pour, drink and enjoy

These 5 delicious healthy smoothie recipes are sure to help you feel healthier after over-indulging after the festivities. You can even swap out the regular McQueens Dairies milk and try Almond or Oat milk.

We hope you enjoy making these healthy smoothie recipes and be sure tag us on social media using the hashtag #mcqueensdairies

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

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Christmas Leftovers Sandwich Recipe

It’s boxing day and the kitchen is full of Christmas leftovers from the day before. What to do with all that delicious turkey?

If you want to avoid wasting your leftovers then why not get inspired with our Christmas leftover sandwich recipe.

Impress your family and enjoy this delicious treat on Boxing Day.

Christmas leftovers sandwich with Fried Egg, Turkey and Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 1 Person

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Slices of bread
  • Butter
  • 2 Slices Cooked Turkey
  • 2 Large McQueens Dairies Free Range Eggs
  • 2 tbsp Cranberry Sauce
  • 2 Slices Cheese
  • Stuffing (optional)

Instructions
 

  •  Preheat your oven to 180C/160C. Take your bread and generously spread the butter over both slices.
  • Pop the bread onto a roasting tray lined with parchment paper. Put the turkey slices next to the bread in the tray.
  • Warm up in the oven for around 5 minutes.
  • In a small frying pan, fry 2 delicious McQueens Dairies free range eggs.
  • Take the tray out of the oven, create your sandwich with your hot bread and turkey then top with your 2 slices of cheese and add your cranberry sauce.
  • Enjoy!
Christmas Leftovers

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