Making your own nut milk is very easy and its even kid approved!
I have learned a few tricks along the way that I will pass on to you. First, I by the raw almonds in bulk from our farmers market. They can be pricey, so I tend to buy a large amount when they are on sale. Second, make sure you have a good quality ultra fine cheesecloth. I found one on Amazon that had great reviews. It cost me about $11. If you treat it well, you can reuse it over and over. Simply, rinse and hang dry. Third, get all your supplies out. I made a huge mess the first time I did it.
Things you will need:
A fine mesh strainer
A bowl or pitcher
Ultra fine cheesecloth
A big plate or baking sheet for the leftover meal
A blender ( I actually did mine in smaller batches with a magic bullet)
2 cups raw almonds
2-3 cups water (you can play around with the water depending on if you want a thicker or thinner result)
1 tsp vanilla extract (I use crushed vanilla bean.)
Soak almonds overnight
Rinse the almonds until the water comes out clean.
Blend the almonds, water and vanilla in a blender for about 2 minutes. Then have your cheesecloth, strainer and bowl ready for the “milking”
Squeeze the meal inside the cheesecloth until no more liquid comes out. This takes a bit of muscle.
Once all the water is out, dump the meal onto a plate or baking sheet. This is what you are left with.
Don’t throw this meal out. It can be dried out in the oven and used in place of flour. It is also gluten free. I set my oven to 200 and bake it for about an hour. It will make your house smell like yummy almond cookies. Before using as flour, I would suggest that you process it into a finer, flour like consistency.
To store the milk, choose a bottle that you can shake because the milk will separate. It can probably keep well for about a week in the fridge although mine never lasts that long. 🙂