Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Almond milk

I just finished the classic novel, Rebecca, for book club. Not my favorite, but it was alright. I didn't really love any of the characters. Anyway, I'm telling you this because that is why I haven't posted in several days--spending all my free time reading-- and also why I will be posting quite a few over the next few days.
Have I mentioned how much I like my high power blender? I do. A lot. I use it every day, sometimes several times a day. One of the things I make regularly, besides green smoothies, is almond milk. I've never been a fan of cows milk. Scott and the kids don't mind it, but when the kids get runny noses, I try to limit their dairy. Normally I buy rice dream from Costco, but now that I can make my own almond milk, I won't have to buy it so much. I love that this recipe is super easy, simple and fast.Here it is:

Almond Milk

3/4 c soaked almonds

3 c water
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp stevia
Blend together water and almonds in high power blender on medium speed for a minute. Add vanilla and stevia and pulse for a few seconds. Strain, pour into glass jar and chill in the fridge.

Here is a picture of my almonds soaking in water. I usually put some in a bowl in the morning and let them soak all day. Once the kids are in bed I blend them up, strain it and put it in a jar in the fridge so it's chilled by morning and they can have it with their granola:

I was using a cheesecloth in the beginning to strain out the tiny almond bits that got left after blending, but the cheesecloth still let quite a bit through and my kids didn't love that. I also didn't like having to cut up pieces of cheesecloth so often and throw it away. It seemed like a waste. I looked online for a nut milk bag because our local health food stores don't carry them. It looked like it would end up costing me about $15 with shipping. That seemed a little pricey for a little bit of nylon mesh material. I thought maybe I could try and make one, but I couldn't find any nylon mesh at Walmart. I didn't feel like going to a fabric store just then, and I'm really not that great at sewing anyway. I checked online again and read a few comments on the nut milk bag. Several people said they bought paint strainer bags from Home Depot for much cheaper and they worked just the same. I thought I'd give that a try. I found the paint strainer bags and got a pack of 2 for $2.44 with tax! I've used it many, many times now and it's wonderful! It really does make such a big difference straining it through the nylon mesh rather than the cheesecloth. And I reuse it over and over again. I just dump the remains in the garbage(someday, when I have a dehydrator I'll use those remains) and rinse the bag out. Also, the nylon mesh bag is great for rinsing quinoa.


Shayla Taylor said...

You can freeze the nut pulp and use it later! You don't have to dehydrate it if you don't want to. :)

April said...

Also, if you leave in the pulp, the milk makes GREAT shakes. Add un-strained almond milk into your fantastic blender with some frozen bananas (they make for the best creaminess), and any other fruit or flavor you like to make vegan ice cream. I add some raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder) and some agave to taste. YUM!

Elisa said...

I have the best readers! thanks ladies! I'll have to try that. Shay, what do you use the pulp for later? I saw dehydrated pulp used in a type of cookie/cracker. Would you do the same thing?

berrymom said...

Hmmm...I am definitely going to try that!

Katie said...

You can put the pulp in breads/pancakes/muffins as protein filler.

Good to see you on blogger Elisa. Your family is beautiful!