Monday, June 1, 2015 marks the beginning of something new and exciting at Shatterbox. Over the past couple weeks, we've been working on developing a recipe for a hemp milk that we can make in-house; as a result, we've created a non-dairy milk alternative that is all natural, 100% Canadian, non-GMO, hormone free, and the product of sustainable growing practices. And as of tomorrow (Monday), we'd be stoked for you to come by and give our new hemp milk a try!
Why are we bothering to make our own milk alternative? Because it's environmentally and economically the right thing to do.
How did we come to this conclusion? It's pretty simple actually. The news about the excessive volumes of water needed to grow a single almond, and the fact that the majority of almonds come from a region of California suffering from a serious drought naturally raised some serious questions about the sustainability of almond milk as a non-dairy alternative.
Then, as we looked at other non-dairy alternatives like rice milk, hemp milk, coconut milk, other nut milks, we were able to quickly eliminate the alternatives that were grown far afield because of their carbon footprint, and the fact that other nut milks are also water intensive, and the difficulty in verifying the sustainability of the growing practices. Hemp is grown in Canada by Canadian farmers so we decided that hemp would be the direction we would go assuming it tasted good!
We tried the popular Hemp Breeze, both sweetened and unsweetened, and found that it didn't steam well and the taste left a lot to be desired. But there was potential for sure... We started looking online for other options, and while there wasn't much choice as far as hemp milks, we did find CHII - Victoria's own hemp product wholesaler! They dropped off a package of hemp hearts for us to play with and we've settled on an excellent recipe that yields a great tasting, great steaming product!
So over the coming week, we'll be posting on our social media feeds about all the reasons we've teamed up with CHII to bring an all-natural house-made milk alternative to Shatterbox. We feel that promoting hemp milk will help us be more sustainable, and generally more environmentally and socially responsible! :)
Thanks for reading, thanks for caring and I hope to see you soon!