Almond MilkPrint Recipe
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 4 cups water
Place almonds in a jar and cover with water, let rest on counter overnight
Drain almonds and place in blender with 4 cups water
Blend for 5 min
Place a cheesecloth over a water jug and slowly pour half the mixture
Squeeze the excess liquid and place the almond bits in a separate bowl
Repeat with the remaining half from blender
Store in closed container for 1 week
You can let the nuts rest in the water longer than 8 hours ( overnight), for about up to 24 hours. As for the left over almonds, it is separated in 2 parts as the weight of the almond pieces will likely sink your cheesecloth to the bottom of the jug. If not immediately using the almond pieces, bake them in a 200 F oven for 20 minutes to dehydrate them and you can freeze it for a later use.
Yikes! Have you read the labels on the pre-made dairy free milks? I am not quite sure what half of those added things are. Something Carbonate, Lecithin, Citrate, all I assume for a stable shelf life so it can be bought a few months after it was actually made. Also love the fact that many times producers list Vitamins as ingredients, they have to add them because it sells better. Real almond milk does not actually have a ton of vitamins or nutrients in it, but its delicious and much better than buying it at the store. Its also super easy to make and cheaper than an organic farm milk that you might be tempted to buy. Some of them are actually pretty amazing but here in NYC, if your lucky enough to find one, it could set you back $12.
Any nut milk is the same ratio of nuts to water for a light smooth drip, and that magical number is 1:4. The nuts have to be soaked in water overnight before blended, once they hit the blender if you prefer sweetened milks add 1 tbsp of maple syrup or 2 dates, the recipe above is unsweetened. I also used raw almonds without roasting them, since during my last visit to Greece the almond trees where abundant and I made sure to collect and break a ton before leaving , it helps if you have invited guests who look a bit too relaxed as well. A good cheese cloth is also required to strain the milk from the nut particles. We have a ton of uses for the nut pieces left over from the blender, all those nutrients in nuts had to end up somewhere!