I have issues with drinking milk… Not exactly physical issues. I am not in any way trying to be dairy free. Maybe my feelings stem from indoctrination during childhood… thanks mom. (Meadowfresh anyone?) Tried raw milk for a while. Kids didn’t like it. Rice milk… Don’t feel good when I drink it. So what’s a mom to do?
For me, it has been Almond Milk to the rescue.
Started with the store bought brands at a pretty penny of $6.40 a gallon!
But ended up here, at home, making my own.
It is so easy and after tasting it you may decide never to go back to the carton again.
Did I mention how easy it is?
Some people will tell you that you only need to soak an hour or two and if you have a high powered blender that may work for you too.
I like to start with 1 and 1/2 cups of almonds in glass jar filled with the purest kind of water you have available. Add a pinch of salt and walk away.
They will get nice and plump and a little softer so they will blend up well.
Rinse the almonds and plop them into your blender. I want you to know that I am using a little old Oster blender. So if you suffer from blender envy and think you can’t make fancy stuff, just give it a try anyway.
Add water. I do this in several batches since my blender only holds 5 cups so add as much as your machine can handle.
Now let’s talk Nut Milk Bags. I have seen the fancy ones but opted for a painter’s straining bag that I got for a buck 69 at Sherwin Williams. So far, it is working great!
Blend, Strain, Pour, Repeat!
Really, that’s it! Squeeze out the creamy white liquid and pour the pulp back in the blender to go again.
I have my clean jars out and keep going till I have 1 gallon of milk, making sure that the creamiest first presses are evenly distributed.
I like to add a splash of vanilla and stevia to one jar. The other one I like to make chocolate… cause who doesn’t love chocolate milk. (cocoa powder, vanilla, salt & stevia to taste)
Let’s talk Jars! Don’t you love those fancy 2 quart canning jars? Yeah, well I don’t have any of those. But we do like to buy the big jars of pickles from Costco and once you wash them well enough to lose the pickle smell, they work great for Almond milk.
While I have no desire to look like a dancing pickle, I do think the label works for me!
Uncommon Quality from People Who Care!
But Wait! Don’t throw that pulp away!
Make the last squeeze a really good one then spread it out on a baking sheet. Put it in a 2oo degree oven for a few hours. When it is good and dry, blend it up in a coffee grinder or blender and store in the fridge! You now have homemade almond flour!
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Milking!