Oat Milk Could Be the New Almond Milk

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We’re far removed from the days when a milkman would drop clanging glass bottles of fresh cow’s milk on our doorsteps. For the past several years, dairy-free milks (almond, soy, hemp, coconut) have been edging out the alternative. But those upstarts may soon be replaced by the newest non-dairy beverage on the block: oat milk.

Not familiar? You soon will be. Oatly, the leading manufacturer of oat milk, is poised to make 2018 a breakout year. The company has spent its early marketing efforts on distributing the milk directly to baristas at coffee shops around the country, creating a grassroots support system for their retail debut. Because oat milk foams like regular dairy creamers (thanks to the blended canola oil), it developed an underground buzz, going from 10 locations to more than 1000 in less than a year. Those same supporters are likely to pick up cartons as they hit grocery store shelves in the coming months.

According to Oatly’s website, oat milk is made by milling oats with water to create a squishy texture. The resulting starch is broken down by added enzymes. That blend is then sifted to remove whole oat shells, leaving a creamy liquid that’s pasteurized and packaged.

Oatly plans a rollout at Wegmans stores, Shoprite, and other retail locations, including Amazon. After that, they may partner with the big coffee chains like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts.

But how does it taste? Food & Wine reviewed a number of alterna-milks and declared Oatly to be “buttery,” with a flavor reminiscent of milk that’s been mingling with shredded wheat. Your palate can be the judge when Oatly goes on sale soon.

[h/t Quartz]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

Beef-ware.
Beef-ware.
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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]