Best Lactose Free Milk for Lattes?

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Postby emjen » Jan 13, 2018, 11:39 am

Does anyone have a good recommendation for a lactose free milk for lattes? I love cows milk but it does hell to my system. I tried Silk coconut milk in my lattes this past week but it's too thin. I'd like something richer and creamier. Any suggestions?


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Postby greenbeans » Jan 13, 2018, 12:31 pm

i've used Lactaid milk which is a brand of milk treated with lactase so the lactose content is very low. I cannot tell the difference between it and regular milk. It comes as whole milk, 2% and fat free. I've also tried some of the house brands of lactase treated milk from Krogers and Safeway and they're fine too.

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Postby Randy G. » Jan 13, 2018, 2:40 pm

In my experience, all the Silk products I tried were unsuitable. Kirkland Vanilla Soy is good as is Kikoman Pearl vanilla. Blue Diamond Almond milk is OK. Pacific Foods Soy Blenders and other of their offerings is worth checking into.
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Postby markmark1 » Jan 13, 2018, 7:11 pm

We use the shop rite brand lactose free milk and steams and drinks well.

The lactase treated milks should taste slightly sweeter as I believe that the lactose has been broken down into smaller, more perceptible sugars.


Postby klund » Jan 13, 2018, 7:22 pm

emjen wrote:Does anyone have a good recommendation for a lactose free milk for lattes?

My wife likes Blue Diamond Unsweetened Almond Milk. Definitely a different taste from cow's milk, but I like working with it, and she loves the taste.


Postby pizzaman383 » Jan 13, 2018, 8:00 pm

I have found the So Delicious brand Barista series coconut milk to be very good.
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Postby sluflyer06 » replying to pizzaman383 » Jan 14, 2018, 1:02 am

Giant loose bubbles tho. Be found most soy milks curdle except silk original

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Postby Jake_G » Jan 14, 2018, 2:33 am

We make our own lactose free milk by getting bottles of lactase enzyme from Amazon and dosing our favorite cows milk. The drops aren't cheap, at $25 for a 1 Oz bottle, but that bottle treats upwards of 30 gallons of milk, so its way cheaper than buying just about any type of lactose-free milk.

It's been our go-to since day one of making cappas. It's ever-so-slightly sweeter than normal milk, as well.


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Postby SteveD » Jan 14, 2018, 4:30 am

I use Lactaid, too. The whole milk (blue carton I think) works best.