Pareve Milk

When it comes to alternative milks the options seem endless today – soy milk, rice milk, gluten-free options, nut milks and coconut milk. Readers often ask which to use and when. We asked GKC contributing nutritionists to weigh in on how they stack up nutritionally and we added our best GKC advice on what works well in cooking.

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26 thoughts on “Pareve Milk

  1. I respectfully disagree with your comments on the So Delicious coconut milk. I have been using the lower-calorie unsweetened version in all sorts of recipes with wonderful results. I made a fantastic vichyssoise with it for Shabbos last week. It does not have a pronounced coconut taste. I think the calorie count is 45 per cup–decent. I’m also using Blue Diamond almond milk a little. I really like it in coffee; the nutty flavor is almost like having hazelnut flavored coffee. I really like having options after years and years of cooking with coffee rich! I’m looking forward to trying some of the other varieties.

    • Blue Diamond almond milk though is listed as dairy…am i incorrect? i’m not sure why it is listed as dairy by the OU but it is.

      • There are other companies that make it pareve. I would check with your local rabbi or call the company to make sure there is no dairy in the product.

  2. I can finally get to ask these question in the real hope of getting a response.
    Is there any pareve substitute for condensed milk and what milk substitute would make my pudding ..pudd?

    • Unfortuneately, there is not good pareve substitute for sweetened condensed milk. We have tried many recipes but none with the same taste and consistency. We will continue to pursue it. For pudding, I would use vanilla soymilk. I use it in the recipe for pots de creme and it has a great taste and texture. You could also use almond milk.

  3. Although the So Delicious coconut milk beverage is pictured, my reaction when I read the coconut milk description was that the coconut milk analyzed was traditional canned coconut milk, and not the newer beverage coconut milk sold in cartons. I would appreciate clarification of which coconut milk was used, please.

    • We tried the coconut milk. The beverage is different, its a coconut water which is full of vitamins and minerals, especially potassium. This is a drink though not a substitute in baking. The water is low in calories and fat and is a big rage for athletes and sweetened water drinkers. They come in a few flavors and have a slight coconut flavor.

  4. I would love a comparison by brand as soy milk has a distinct flavor and some are way better than others. I never know which brand to buy when I’m standing in the store.

    • I really like the soy silk but you need to make sure its pareve I think they may be dairy but it has a great flavor!

  5. Thank you so much-this is useful. Two things:

    * Beware when using almond milk in baking, it can have a bitter flavor.

    * Eden Soy comes in individual 8 oz. containers (like juiceboxes you’d pack in your kids’ lunches). I find this super convenient when you just need a cup or less for a recipe, rather than having a whole container open in the fridge, waiting to be used.

    Finally, can you recommend a non-dairy whip substitute that is healthier than the current options we have available?

    • Mimicreme makes a whip substitute. It tastes a little like meringue but is a good pareve whipped substitute without all the chemicals. It is available on their website, in Whole Foods Markets and I believe on Amazon. Try this

    • It actually does not curdle in the way that “bad” milk does. It just does not blend in completely due to its chemical makeup. If you mix it well most of it blends in and there is no problem with drinking it although the appearance is not as creamy as creamer. The appearance looks curdled but the taste is still good.

    • It does but when you mix it, it will mostly blend into the coffee with a few separations on top. The soymilk is still good in it though and there is no problem with the strands that do not blend. It just does not look as creamy in coffee as regular creamer.

  6. I agree with Dodi. So Delicious Coconut Milk is very low in calories and the saturated fat is not the same as that found in full-fat dairy milk. It’s also very low in sodium. It sounds like you might be talking about canned coconut milk. So Delicious is my family’s favorite non-dairy milk. And their coffee creamer is wonderful, too.

  7. Thanks so much for this. I assume this post is in response to my query about a substitute for soy milk. My son and grandson are very allergic to soy and all nuts. It looks to me as if rice milk is the one I should focus on. Thanks again.

  8. This list is sort of a dream come true…thank you!

    This can be a contentious thing and everyone should look into it for themselves and make a personal decision, obviously…but from my reading I have to disagree that coconut milk is unhealthy. I use coconut oil in place of margarine and/or canola, etc. oil. On the other hand, I do believe soy milk to be unhealthy and avoid it altogether. My favorite milk sub is almond milk.

  9. Fantastic info. Thanks for sharing. I am a big fan of coconut milk and coconut oil. I especially like using coconut milk in recipes for creamy chicken and also in baking.

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  11. Most of the unsweetened soy, almond milks etc. say nkosher dairy. which brands are parve?

    • I don’t know all the brands by memory but vanilla soymilk by Edensoy is kosher and pareve. That one is in the box. There is also one in the refrigerator section that is in a milk container that is kosher and pareve too.

  12. Because almonds are naturally very nutritious, almond milk doesn’t need to be fortified. You can make almond milk yourself at home, and it will have the same nutritional value as the almond milk available commercially.

  13. What is the best non-dairy pareve substitute for milk (preferably by brand name) in making instant vanilla or chocolate pudding, such as Jell-O brand, which is OU kosher?