Almond milk is a staple in my diet, and frankly, in my overall happiness!
As the popularity of this product has grown, I began to pay attention to the label. Terrifying!I quickly decided to learn how to make it on my own so I can be in control of what I'm consuming.
Maybe you’ve considered this, but felt it was too difficult. I’m here to tell you how easy it can actually be. And if you have a juice machine, it couldn't be easier!
Best Juice Machine for Making Almond Milk
The price of some juice appliances are astronomical, but there are ones ranging from $200 - $300 that are perfectly fine for any kitchen. I have a cold press juicer for its slow juicing speed which helps preserve the most nutrients.
A masticating or 'slow' juicer is also quite good.
Along with making nut milk, these slower juicers also work better with greens, fruits and vegetables - much better than the less expensive centrifugal juicers. Centrifugal juicers aren’t capable of making almond milk and would only spit them out.
What Else Do I Need?
A colander will also be needed to drain and rinse the almonds, along with a sealed container for refrigerating.
There are a few options for straining the milk, such as a nut milk bag, which is about $15 and reusable. If instead you’d rather use something from around the house that will work just as well, grab a cheesecloth, tea towel, fine mesh strainer or even a coffee filter.
For simplicity, I suggest starting your first batch with only almonds and water.
In the future, you can add all sorts of ingredients for added flavor - dates, vanilla beans and cinnamon are some common options.
Start by soaking your almonds overnight in a sealed container. This soaking process not only softens the almonds but also helps with digestion by releasing certain nutrients from the almond.
In the morning, use your colander to strain and rinse the tender almonds. Add about one cup of the soaked almonds into a mixing bowl along with 2 - 4 cups of water, keeping in mind that larger amounts of water will make the milk more watery.
Next, slowly add this mixture into your juicer. Once the mixture has been juiced, strain your milk for a smoother texture. Straining isn’t always necessary, but usually preferred. Voila!
Now you have your very own scrumptious, homemade almond milk. Be sure to store this in an airtight container and it will last up to three days refrigerated.
Feel free to explore all sorts of recipes, because there are some rather crafty ones I’ve personally had the chance of enjoying - and hope you will, too. You could also come up with some of your own by adding in natural sweeteners. Give your taste buds what they’re asking for.
With this process comes a leftover byproduct called almond meal. This doesn’t have to go to waste, because there are many different uses for it such as in baking as a partial substitute for flour. Explore your many options and enjoy!
Almonds are so nutritious! They are rich in vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, antioxidants and protein. Research has discovered compounds in almonds that lower the risk of heart disease, reduce cholesterol and help you lose weight!
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