“Sorry Mom, I can’t finish folding the laundry, I have to help Sarah milk the nuts…”
~ my niece, Norah
I am known in my family for trying weird food concoctions. Heck, my siblings even call me the Human Garbage Disposal (HGD for short) since I’ll try all kinds of interesting food combinations. Lately I’ve been into black beans, apples and sauerkraut…anyone with me?
But one thing that my family really started to embrace was my love for alternative milks; nut, hemp and oat. And I love sharing them because they are simple to make and we need to drink them relatively quickly, they have a short self life of about 3-5 though they rarely stay around that long.
The most important thing that is needed is a high power blender. I’ve tried making this in a $20 Hamilton Beach from Target and that thing is just not strong enough. My Vitamix was certainly an investment, but I use it err-day and it’s so worth it.
I never buy Almond milk anymore so I consider this a pretty good swap for the longterm.
Basic nut milk recipes are fairly simple. 1 cup of nuts to 4 parts water. Blend with salt, vanilla and sweetener to taste.
The thing that takes so long is the straining….or what my niece ignores her daily chores for…the “milking” process.
But we’re all busy, and if we’re making more and more things and relying less on processed foods, I still want to make these recipes as approachable as possible. So to cut down on the straining time, I’ve come up with a couple hacks to simplify our basic at-home nut milk.