Plant-based milks’ numbers have been soaring in recent years. More and more people are becoming aware of the cruelty involved in the dairy industry, how detrimental the industry is to our environment, and just how harmful cow’s milk actually is for our health. These reasons, as well as others, have caused 58% of Americans to begin purchasing non-dairy milks.
Because of this, we have included EcoBags’ Nut Milk Bag in our October Subscription! This bag is 100% Certified Organic Cotton, is reusable, and is 100% recyclable. We’ll use this bag to make almond milk today.
Why Nut Milk?
While home-made plant milk is not fortified, (unless you choose to fortify it yourself) it does have its benefits. Making plant-based milks at home can guarantee you know exactly what goes into it. No weird preservatives or additives to keep your milk shelf stable. When you make it yourself it may not last as long, but when you drink it, it’s definitely fresh.
Home-made plant milks are a lot cheaper too. While store bought nut milks are similar in price to that of cow’s milk, buying almonds in bulk and putting them in a blender costs next to nothing. Lastly, there’s less waste involved in making plant milks yourself. Plant-based alternatives are pretty much always more eco-friendly when compared to their conventional counterparts, but taking it one-step further never hurt.
That being said let’s take a look at how to make your own plant-based milks!
Today we’ll be keeping it simple and just making plain almond milk. If you prefer your almond milk sweetened we’ll mention a few things you can try.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup Almonds, 1 Cup Water, 3 Dates (optional), 1 tsp Vanilla Extract (optional), any other sweeteners you may prefer.
What you’ll need: Blender, Metal Strainer, Nut Milk Bag
10 Simple Steps
- Once you have your 1/2 cup of almonds, you’re going to want to soak them in water for between 5 hours, up to a day. This will make the almonds soft and easier to blend. I usually just soak mine overnight and continue the process in the morning.
- The next step is to take the skins off the almonds. Usually if you just squeeze them the almonds should pop right out of their skins. If you do not want to skin your almonds you can just purchase whole blanched almonds instead.
- Next you will need to pour your skinless almonds through a metal strainer.
- Now we’re ready to blend them! Add your almonds into the blender, along with 1 cup of water. You can adjust your almond-to-water ratio depending on how creamy you would like your almond milk. I have found that 1 part almonds with 2 parts water creates a similar consistency to that of cow’s milk.
- I usually start the blending process with almonds and water, and if I happen to be using sweeteners, I’ll add them in half way through blending, and then finish the process. My favorite combination of sweeteners includes 3 dates and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Some other common sweeteners and spices include: Maple syrup, Cinnamon, and Cocoa. Total blending time will depend on the strength of your blender, but blend until the milk is frothy and smooth.
- Next we will pour our almond blend into the Nut Milk Bag, placed over a bowl. You’re going to want to squeeze the blend into the bottom of Nut Milk Bag and press until the bag is empty of almond milk.
- What is left is almond meal, which if dried in the oven, can be used for baking, pastries, crackers, etc. Save this if you want to experiment with it!
- As for the almond milk, just put it in the fridge to cool down if you prefer.
- Lastly, pour yourself a glass and enjoy!
- If you enjoyed your creation, make sure to tell others about it! There’s many benefits to switching from cow’s milk to plant-based milks, we wouldn’t want others to miss out!