Almond Milk

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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?

DSC_0059You want to start by soaking your almonds overnight or all day or the weekend if the days get away from you.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

DSC_0081Make 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!

Food and Health

I was recently speaking to a friend about food.  We were discussing the ideas of Organic vs. Non Organic, Raw Milk vs Pasteurized,  Whole Wheat vs Gluten Free.  I have an interest in healthy food. I have boys with special needs and there is lots out there about dietary interventions.  In fact, you can find a website to tell you anything you want to believe.  But I also have a limited budget and let’s face it, most “health food” cost significantly more.  Image

The more I pondered this, the more I came to the conclusion that If I really believe that God is my provider (Philipians 4:19) and that my health and even every breath I take comes only by the Grace of God then what have I to fear….

Please do not misunderstand me… I understand the science behind nutrition and the benefit of making wise choices.  But in a world of so much information it is easy to fall into fear if we cannot choose what we believe to be best because of cost.  I personally choose to buy the best quality I can afford.  That usually doesn’t include Organics or high cost supplements.  I am at peace with that.  If those things were truly necessary for me than I believe that my Infinite, All Powerful Creator would find a way to provide them.  After all, If he owns the cattle on a thousand hills, I am sure he could spare a few organic, grass fed heifers for me.

At the end of the day, I think the Fear of something can kill you as fast as the “something” can.  So I choose to make the best choices with what I have learned and what I can afford.  Then I find rest in knowing that the Creator of the Universe holds my life in His strong hands and it is more precious to Him than it will ever be to me.