Making nut milk is easy and it tastes good, it´s a great alternative to soy milk and pretty inexpensive. You can use it in your tea or coffee, it tastes a lot like full fat milk or cream in coffee. It works great in baking and cooking. The best thing about self made nut milk is that you will not be consuming large amounts of additives with it, but you will be consuming large amounts of minerals.
You can use any kind of nuts in it but I would recommend using almonds, pine nuts or cashews.
Using a sweetener is optional; if you are used to drinking regular milk or sweetened soy milk or rice milk, then I would recommend using some kind of sweetener. Cows milk has lactose in it which is one form of sugar and gives it that characteristic sweet taste which people are used to.
Don´t use roasted nuts in your nut milk, use plain raw nuts. If you feel like soaking your nuts over night, you can do it, just don´t use as much water when making the milk if that is the case. Some people don´t like using raw nuts since they do have anti nutrients in them which are believed to inhibit mineral absorption.
I like to store my milk in glass bottles like the one you can see in the picture, remember to wash them before using and heat them in a oven to get rid of any bacteria. You should always heat your bottles, glass jars etc. when making something which needs to be stored in them.
You will need a blender, some cheesecloth or a fine mesh and something to store your nut milk in.
Nut Milk Recipe
This recipe will make about 1,5 litres/6 cups of nut milk.
- 1,6 dl or 2/3 cups nuts
- 15 dl or 6 cups water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-2-3 tbls syrup of any kind
You need to start by grinding your nuts into a fine powder, I have a separate grinder like you can see above, but a basic blender works just fine.
Your nuts should look something like that above after you have done the grinding, be fast with it or you might end up with nut butter. Then add your nut powder into a blender, heat your water until it is almost boiling, measure 1 dl/0,4 cups of hot water and add the syrup and vanilla into the water if you are using them. Pour the measured water into the blender and mix until you have a creamy paste.
After your mixture has turned into a white paste add the rest of the hot water, mix everything together on high speed for a couple of minutes. Then pour your nut milk through a fine mesh or through a cheesecloth.
Now you have made some nut milk. It will keep for approximately one week, remember to shake it before using.
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