Monday, May 27, 2013
Make it Monday: DIY Almond Milk
Did you know you can make your own almond milk? Of course, you can make your own anything if you have the materials and know how to do it. I can't say this is necessarily cheaper than just buying a container of almond milk, but if you like the thrill of doing on your own, as well as knowing it's about as fresh as you can get, it might be worth a try. All you need is a blender, cheesecloth, a mesh strainer, raw almonds and water.
First, soak a cup of raw almonds in 2 1/2 cups water. At the very least, soak 2 hours, but it's best to do more, even overnight. Cover it up so nothing nasty floats in while you're not looking.
After you've soaked your almonds, dump them, along with the water, into a blender. Blend about 5 minutes. Keep blending the full five minutes, even though it will seem like it's all liquidy before that. It may seem like a long time, but do it anyway. ;-)
Lay four layers of cheesecloth over a mesh strainer, over a bowl. Dump some of the almond mixture into the cheesecloth and allow it to sit about 5-7 minutes, allow some of the liquid to seep out. You'll need to do this in batches.
Gather the edges of the cheesecloth up and squeeze, getting as much excess liquid as possible out. Discard the solids. Or you can attempt to dry it and make almond meal, but I haven't tried that yet.
Pour your fresh almond milk into a container for keeping, or use it right away. One cup of water plus 2 1/2 cups water makes about 2 cups almond milk. You can obviously double the recipe to make more. This is not sweetened of course. You will have to do that yourself. :-)
Let me know what you think! Do you use almond milk?