I have been making non-dairy milk (mostly oat milk) for a while using a nut milk bag to strain, which has recently torn. I am looking for a replacement, and was wondering whether there is much difference in the end results between using a) a nut milk bag like this and b) a hand sieve like this.

I think the sieve will be easier to use than the bag, but are the results likely to be different/worse than using a nut milk bag?

When I say worse, I am essentially looking to avoid an overly thick or gloopy milk.

  • My typo was corrected to "overly thin", but should read "overly thick". Good catch on the typo though :) – cbro4_4 May 10 '20 at 13:20

A hand sieve will likely not be fine enough to catch the smaller bits of blended oats that can 'cloud' your milk and give it a gritty texture. A nut milk bag really is best, but if you're looking for a quick alternative then a pair of tights can do the trick in the short-term!

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    Agreed. Tights/Panties work great for oat milk. – Vinko Vrsalovic Jun 17 '20 at 16:06

You could consider cheese cloth or muslin as another alternative. It is designed to let liquid trough but still has enough tensile strength to not break when you try and remove the solids from it.

It may not be a alternative at all, because it could be that a 'nut-bag' is just cheesecloth by another name.

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