Saturday, February 27, 2016

Homemade Almond Milk

Doesn't every plant-based food blog have to have a post on making plant-based milk? The reason I am writing this post is to share with you the benefits of making your own plant-based milks...both economically and nutritionally.

Making Homemade Nut Milk
These are the items you will need to make it:

~ A blender

~ A nut milk bag - I have had a couple of nut milk bags, and the one I just bought is BY FAR my favorite one. It's by a company calle d EcoPeaceful. The bag is completely made of organic cotton, and doesn't have any toxic plastic in it like some nut milk bags do. The weave is very fine, allowing you to completely separate the pulp, leaving smooth and creamy milk behind.
~ 1 cup of almonds
~ 5 cups of filtered water
~ vanilla extract

In a medium-sized bowl, add the almonds and 2 cups of filtered water. Let the nuts soak (covered) for 6-8 hours on your counter. Drain the soaking water and rinse the nuts well.

In your blender, add 3 cups of cold, filtered water and the soaked nuts. Blender for about 2 minutes, until the nuts are pulverized well.

In the same bowl you used to soak the nuts, place the nut milk bag in it with the opening spread wide. Pour the almond mixture into the nut milk bag, gently squeezing all of the milk through it until you can't get anymore milk out. Twist the nut milk bag well to make sure all of the milk has been released into the bowl. You can save the nut pulp inside the bag for other uses. I will write a post on this, as well. For now, place it in a zippered baggie in your fridge.

Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the almond milk, if you desire. Stir well. Store the milk in a tightly closed container. It will stay fresh in the fridge for about 3 days. You will yield about 3 1/4 cups of almond milk.

NOTE: If you like your almond milk thinner, add more water and stir.

Cost Comparison
So, what does this homemade milk cost compared to buying some in the store?
About 4 cups of Silk Almond Milk (shelf stable) costs about $2.24 at Wal-Mart.
There are approximately 3 1/2 cups of almonds in one pound.
A pound of almonds costs $8.99 at Sprouts, which would make about 3 1/2 batches of almond milk, costing you $2.57 a batch. If you could find almonds on sale, it would be even cheaper.
But, the best part is that the milk is made from nuts and water. No added garbage! And, it tastes amazing!!!

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