Sunday, January 6, 2013

Homemade Almond Milk

Another really simple thing to make at home is Almond Milk!
Again, it's great for the same reasons as making your own broths.
It's cheaper, you know what's in it & it's green.
Here's my method.

Start with 1 cup of raw organic almonds.
Add plenty of water and allow to soak overnight.

In the morning give the soaked almonds a good rinse.

Next add almonds and 4 cups water to your blender & blend.
It takes about 1-2 minutes for me to get the right consistency in my Ninja.
It may take longer or shorter depending on your blender.
Next, strain the milk using a nut milk bag, cheesecloth, or muslin. 
I set mine in a colander over a pitcher.
Squeeze the almond pulp in the nut milk bag to remove all the milk.
And there you have it!
Delicious almond milk.
Store in a covered glass pitcher in fridge for 3-5 days.
If you like a little sweetness in your milk you can add a few pitted dates, vanilla beans or 1Tbls. maple syrup during the blending stage.
You could also make other types of nut milks using the same method.
Cashew and macadamia are also very good.

 OK, so what do you do with the pulp?
DON'T throw it away!
I put it in a shallow glass dish and let it dry out.
You can store it covered in the fridge for a few days.
You can use this deliciousness for baked goods, granola or chicken feed. 
Just sub for part of the flour in any baked goods recipe.
It adds a delicious nutty wholesome flavor to all of kinds of things; cookies, muffins & breads.
Chicken also LOVE almond pulp/meal!!!
See, zero waste!!!
Zero waste rocks my socks!

1 comment:

  1. Love this, I only use almond milk but have never made my own. I sue the almond meal in my meatloaf recipe:)