I was holding a gooey, wet cheesecloth filled with oats in one hand and « processing » said cheesecloth with the other when I said out loud, « That’s not 1804, what the hell am I trying to prove? After a whole day of soaking oats and another hour of milking a cheesecloth bulging like a cow’s udder, I was lucky to have less than a cup of the worst oat milk I have ever had. never tasted. So I admitted defeat, blew to the convenience store wearing a t-shirt stained with watery oatmeal liquid, and walked away with an $8 carton of the second worst oatmilk I’ve ever tasted. I promise you all, I’ve tried the cheesecloth method many times over the years in an attempt to make The Pioneer Woman proud. But you get to a point where the effort just isn’t worth the result. And that’s when the Nutr, a machine the size of a French press, came into my life.
Now, I’m not opposed to most store-bought plant-based milks. If Chobani asked me to be an influencer for his Zero Sugar Oatmilk, I would say yes without hesitation. But I would be remiss to pass up an opportunity to try a machine that makes fresh, plant-based milk at home, especially with a weird little name like Nutr. This kitchen gadget is new in the market, but it is already garnering positive reviews and you can consider this article as another. Let me explain my review of Nutr, including how it works, price, pros and cons, and how I used it.
How does Nutr work?
Step 1: Add nuts. The machine, which is shaped like a pitcher, comes with a small scoop. To start making milk, I add a scoop of nuts or cereal (oats are the cheapest and easiest to use), water, and any additional ingredients like salt, dates, maple syrup, cinnamon or a touch of oil. I enjoyed using the machine because I know exactly what ingredients go into my plant milk. And while most store-bought milks, which contain more ingredients, are safe to eat, it’s nice to make smaller portions with familiar ingredients.
Step 2: Select the temperature. You can choose the temperature of your nut milk (room temperature, warm, or hot), which plays a big role in my positive Nutr review, as I love adding hot oat milk to coffee and pasta. Although I don’t drink soymilk, having a hot setting is a game-changer for people who do, because otherwise the process of making it at home is strenuous and, frankly, not worth the effort.
Step 3: Press Start. Once you find your temperature setting, the cycle begins. The Nutr uses stainless steel blades to grind your ingredients in less than five minutes, and the glass lid lets you see it all. Once the cycle is complete, you can use it as is or strain any pulp with the included strainer. If you want to try your hand at some fun recipes, the device comes with an entire book.
Does the Nutr work better than a blender?
If you’re like me, you’re hesitant to bring another single-purpose kitchen gadget into your home. But this machine certainly does the job better than a blender. I have the Beast Blender, which works like a charm for smoothies, soups, etc., but like most blenders (apart from a few Vitamix models), I still needed to soak the nuts overnight and to clean up a pulpy mess after mixing. Nutr does not require soaking and is self-cleaning.
What features set Nutr apart from other nut milk makers?
Beyond its basic purpose of making nut milk, the Nutr also has a boil setting that essentially replaces your need for a kettle. It also maintains the temperature of your milk with its keep warm function and switches off automatically when the lid is unlocked.