Foodie Stuff: Almond Milk

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I was raised on milk straight from the cow–okay, by way of the cooler.  So I am amused when folks get all freaky about drinking raw milk.  My decision to stop has more to do with the fact that I have no cow in my back yard.  Neighbors wouldn’t probably like it much anyway.

It just became too expensive–a luxury my budget can’t afford, so I have switched to almond milk.  It is easy to make and yummy in a nutty kind of way.  So glad the ubiquitous they have fazed out the cyanide over the years of domesticated farming practices.

So, take 1 cup of almonds and soak covered by a couple of inches.  Leave in the fridge for 24-48 hours.  If you are OCD, 48 hours and 2 minutes!

Rinse the almonds, then place in a blender with 4 cups of fresh filtered water.  I add a few dates and some vanilla, just because I can.

Blend on high for 2-3 minutes.  It works better if you have those ADD blenders like Ninja or Vita-something, but my plain old one works just fine.

Pass it through a nut bag (or a fine mesh strainer).  I line a very fine strainer with a piece of cheese cloth and strain.  Then I pick up the cheese cloth and squeeze squeeze squeeze with my massive middle-aged muscles!  Save the nut meats.  My last use of them was to add to the organic, manly meat loaf I made for my hubby!  You can freeze it for–well, google it and you’ll see a gazillion uses.

Place milk in fridge and there you have it.  Wasn’t that easy?

The pic below is not almond milk, but it is white! 🙂

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16 Responses to Foodie Stuff: Almond Milk

  1. yourothermotherhere says:

    Why not just eat the almonds?

  2. reinkat says:

    Wow, I didn’t know that. I might try it. Although at least in our neck of the woods, as expensive as milk is, it is nothing compared to the small fortune that is charged for almonds. Almond milk is priced as if it was pure gold. Still the vanilla, the dates, the almonds . . . yum!

    The rose is beautiful, too.

    • The organic raw milk is so much more expensive than this. Much of the pre-made almond milk, even in organics, has carrageenan in it. It is derived from seaweed so is allowed, but it has been linked to intestinal problems and even tumors. Making your own is safer. I have even my 23-year-old son making his own for his smoothies. 🙂

  3. I guess you just do not live in the right place. We know of someone who sells their raw milk (not organic, but minus hormones) for $3 a gallon. Too bad they live too far from you or I.

  4. dorannrule says:

    Almond milk is supposed to be really good for you too! Clever girl. 🙂 And I love the white rose just there because it’s white. 🙂

  5. Lilly, I too love milk! But alas, it doesn’t like me so I too have switched to almond milk. I’ve never tried to make my own – I buy Almond Breeze – but I may have to give it a go.

    • If Almond Breeze has carageenan, you definitely want to give this a go. So many of the not-milk milks have that nasty additive.

      • ooh, something else to worry about! I’m not sure I have the enthusiasm it make my own (in other words, laziness wins out over healthy most times)! How long does the homemade keep?

        • I make a quart at a time,a nd I am the only one drinking it. I go through 2 a week. Supposedly, it will be good 3-5 days, but I haven’t tested it past that.

        • okay thanks, my storebought lasts a couple weeks or more! Don’t even want to think of the preservatives in it! But I only use about 1/2 cup a day on my cereal. I don’t drink it outright.

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