It’s been described as having a strong flavour and a bit salty, but camel’s milk could be the next big trend as an alternative to cow’s milk. While most of the non-dairy milks we pour on our cereal are vegan, could there be other reasons to switch and could camel’s milk be the solution?
Why drink camel’s milk?
If you’re lactose intolerant and looking for an alternative to cow’s milk, you might find that soy, almond and coconut milk aren’t suitable either. Camel’s milk is among the least reactive milks out there, with many experts claiming only human milk is more widely tolerated – who knew?!
So, it’s got low levels of milk sugar lactose, but a superior fat content, which is good if you’re trying to follow the rules of the keto diet. Instead of containing A1 casein protein, which can be difficult to digest, it’s full of milder A2 casein. As well as being more compatible with lots of people, it’s got loads of health benefits too.
Camel’s milk is packed full of potassium, magnesium, copper, sodium, zinc, iron, B vitamins, and vitamin C. Add to this the fact that it’s high in protein and it sounds like something of a wonder milk, but it’s all good and well as long as you can stomach it.
What does camel’s milk actually taste like?
Before you even take a sip of camel’s milk, you’ll notice a couple of things. Firstly, it’s thicker than cow’s milk and has a more pungent smell. It takes a bit of getting used to, because we’ve all been conditioned to think of cow’s milk as the norm.
Try and leave your prejudices at the door and give it a try. It’s initially salty flavour gives way to an earthiness, before you get a hint of sourness. Safe to say it’ll be different to anything you’ve tried before, you certainly can acquire the taste with an open mind.
How to disguise the taste of camel’s milk
If you’re keen to give camel’s milk a go, but think pouring it on your cereal or even downing a glass is an extreme way to start, then maybe you should consider cooking with it. Ice cream is an obvious place to start and MindFood has a great recipe flavoured with cardamom, which not only masks the flavour, but is true to the milk’s Middle Eastern roots.
Alternatively, replace whatever milk you’d usually use in a creamy smoothie with camel’s milk. Or you could mix one up in your blender that includes dates, as they work really well with the flavour profile of the milk and add a certain amount of sweetness to counteract the sour and savoury notes you’ll notice if you drink it on its own.
Where to get camel’s milk
If you’ve been convinced to give it a go, then you can get camel’s milk in some supermarkets and there’s even a company in London that will deliver it to your door. Now, there really is no excuse not to see if it’s for you!