Are you interested in buy some kitchen tool to make homemade vegan milks? Do you want to know the main differences between them?
This is your article!
In many organic fairs and by mail, many people have asked us about the difference between making plant milks with Chufamix, or making them with the “cheese cloth”system.
Or using the Soyabella. Or the Vitamix. Or the Thermomix. e.t.c…
Before buying, it is common sense to collect as much information as you can to decide on the best option.
We respect this and that´s why we try to leave aside our love for our invention, to be more objective while writing this particular article.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TOOLS USED TO MAKE PLANT MILKS:
Let´s comment them one by one !
1-THE “CHEESECLOTH” or “CLOTH” vs. CHUFAMIX (the “cloth of the 21st century”)
For many milleniums, plant milks were being prepared using a filtering cloth.
The differences between this system and the Chufamix, are:
1- Grinding & filtering efficiency: With the “cloth” system, you grind the seeds first, then blend, and finally filter the milk. Whith Chufamix you are grinding and filtering the milk at the same time. That´s why the centrifugal force of the blending process makes a huge “emulsion” and the resulting milk is more concentrated. That is, the Chufamix´s system optimizes the emulsion and filtering processes.
2- Processing time: to filter using the “cheese cloth” system requires time and patience. If you have it, great, many of the Chufamix´s users have used the “cloth” successfully for years. With Chufamix, you reduce the processing time from ½ an hour to 5 minutes.
3- Seeds´ variety and versatility: Making some milks using the “cloth” system, for example, hemp seed milk, it is possible but quite difficult and the milk is not very “creamy”. Same with birdseeds or other small seeds. With Chufamix you can prepare your hemp milk or birdseed milk in a heartbeat.
4- Cleaning: The “nut bags” or “cheese cloths” are reusable and are also relatively easy to clean, like any linen or cotton cloth, but if you are a heavy user, at the end you must replace them. Chufamix´s filter can be cleaned in just one minute under running water and it is designed to not have to be replaced.
Conclusion: The ancient system of the “cloth” works great and we would recommend it to everyone. However, Chufamix is “the cloth of the 21st century”: improving the emulsion and filtering time and quality. There are no more secrets, try out both systems yourselves to understand the differences.
2- THERMOMIX vs. CHUFAMIX
The Thermomix is an excellent food processor but does not filter or emulsify seeds.
However, you can grind the hardest seeds like tiger nuts, hazelnuts, almonds e.t.c … in a few seconds. After grinding, put them in the Chufamix, and make your plant milk without having to soak the seeds overnight.
3-VITAMIX vs. CHUFAMIX
We are fans of the Vitamix. Made in USA, it is the “Rolls Royce” of machines for making “smoothies” and plant milks.
The Vitamix isn´t as programmable as the Thermomix, but it has a filtering function included.
However, the process of making plant milk and subsequent cleaning of the machine is significantly more complex than that of the Chufamix.
Neither machine can be used to press the pulp as we do using the Chufamix.
However, as with Thermomix, harder seeds can be ground using the Vitamix and then used in the Chufamix to avoid having to presoak.
Conclusion: As an expert in Biofach (Germany), who has the Vitamix told us ,:
“The Vitamix is the Rolls Royce but Chufamix … Chufamix is the wheel !! “
4- SOYABELLA, VEGAN STAR, SOYAELECTRIC, SOYAMATIC, ETC vs. CHUFAMIX
The Soyabella, Vegan Star, Soyaelectric, etc … are specialized machines for making plant milks which do their job correctly.
1- Grinding & filtering efficiency: Chufamix is significantly more efficient in the extraction and seed emulsion, basically because of its simplicity. It also allows a better filtering than any other machine in this section.
See these videos, and judge yourself using your own common sense:
2- Processing time: Chufamix not only improves the extraction, but also substantially reduces the time needed to do it.
3- Finall pressing of the pulp: Once the emulsion and filtering process are finished, Chufamix allows users to press the pulp and get all of it´s essence. These machines do not have this option.
4-Seeds´ variety and versatility: Chufamix offers a versatile system which can make plant milks from any seeds, these machines are limited. They fail to properly prepare milk using smaller seeds such as raw whole hemp seeds, quinoa or sesame.
5- Visibility of the process: In Chufamix you can see the whole process of milk making because its container is transparent. In these machines, however, you do not see anything that is happening inside them.
6- Cleaning : Chufamix is much easier and faster to clean.
7- Power consumption: These machines have programs to cook or boil the milk so they use more electricity than a hand blender does when making milk with the Chufamix.
Conclusion: In this comparative, Chufamix brings simplicity, efficiency and versatility.
5- NUTRIBULLET OR MAGICBULLET vs. CHUFAMIX
As advertised on TV, the Nutribullet, Magicbullet, may work well with some fruits and vegetables, but NOT with nuts and other seeds.
The Nutribullet´s accessory named “filter” does not fit tightly to the machine so the pulp escapes between the lower blades.
The result is a lumpy and undrinkable plant milk.
In addition: i) the amount of milk that can be made is minimal. ii) the appliance can be damaged depending on what seed is used (and getting it covered under warranty is difficult) iii) it does not work correctly with many small seeds.
Conclusion: We advise against buying these machines for making plant milks.
6- BLENDER WITH “FILTER” ACCESSORY vs. CHUFAMIX
Some “table blenders” have an accessory filter that is adjustable to the blades. They work great with vegetables and fruits, and better than the Nutribullet with nuts and other seeds.
However, the filter attachment does not fit tightly enough and some pulp passes through into the plant milk, so the resulting texture is not great.
Using seeds in the filter makes the machine difficult to assemble because you have to try and put it together without the seeds falling out. Also taking it apart once the milk is processed is quite difficult. In addition, the pulp is trapped in the filter and it´s impossible to squeeze it entirely.
Conclusion: If you want to make plant milks, and other creams and juices, buy a powerful hand mixer with all accessories and the ChufaMix. You’ll thank us!!
7- SLOWJUICERS vs. CHUFAMIX
The Slowjuicers are specialized machines for processing fruits and vegetables.
We know that some are also capable of processing seeds and nuts, while many others are not.
For now, we only have seen how one of the most prestigious and expensive machines work: the “Kuvings”.
First thing to note is that the grinding or blending system is by cold pressing, not blending.
The result with vegetables and fruits is excellent, but when using seeds and nuts, here is what we´ve found:
1-Emulsion efficiency is minimal. The official cookbook of the Kuvings recommends using 150 grams of soy to produce 200 ml of soy milk, or 180 grams of almonds to make 250ml (cup) of almond milk.
With the same amount of seeds, Chufamix can produce 1 liter of creamy almond milk, and at least 1.5 liters of soy milk.
2-It is not able to correctly process small seeds because the pressing system is designed for fruits and vegetables, not for small seeds.
3-The leftover pulp is extremely wet and retains much of the nutrients of the seed or nut that should be left in the milk and not in the pulp.
Conclusion: If you buy it to make vegan milks, make sure that it allows you to process any type of seeds correctly and efficiently .
8- GRINDING SEEDS WITHOUT FILTER
There have been several times that people have asked us “why is it necessary to filter the vegan milk?”. They think that the “filter” is useless.
Some people think that if you can eat a walnut or an almond, you can also blend them directly with water to obtain a tasty vegan milk.
Well, then millions of people for thousands of years (LINK A HISTORY OF MILK) have wasted their time in filtering vegan milks. Maybe it was just for fun?!
Conclusion: Beat with hand mixer or blender 150 grams of walnuts, 1 liter of water and sweetener to taste (optional). Try this “crunchy milk”, and if you like it, great!!! … you don´t need a ChufaMix!
- Commercial “cheese cloth” or “nut-bag”: between 10 and 20 US $ / €.
- Chufamix: between 35 and 70 $ / €
- Nutribullet and Magicbullet: between 40-70 $ / €
- Soyabella, Veganstar, etc: between 120-250 $ / €
- Thermomix and Vitamix: 500 to 1200 $ / €
- Slow Juicers between 200 and 700 $ / €Most machines tested, except the “cheese cloth” are rather more expensive than Chufamix.
Also, unlike most of them, Chufamix has the added value of being made entirely between France and Spain. This helps us to have full control over the quality of the product and the materials that are used.
Consequence: Chufamix is a robust tool, with 2 years full warranty and toxin free plastic, such as Bisphenol A (BPA), PVC, etc.
With the peace of mind that comes from having good advice, we state that:
Today there is no system as SIMPLE, fast and efficient as the Chufamix to make “vegan milks”.
We hope this article has shed some light on your quest for the best system.
However, we believe the best thing is to experiment yourself with people who already have these machines and utensils at home.
Nothing beats trying it out yourself!