Going nutty and milking my nuts!

LOL I could not help it. I have wanted to make nut milk jokes for so long… I apologize for the long stretch of no posts! Busy busy! 

So I have not bought any cows milk in probably close to a month and a half… and I don’t think I will buy any more anytime soon. I am becoming very fond of my home made nut milks, how much more eco-friendly they are and how it is actually saving me some $$ as well! 

One 1ltr glass bottle of local, organic cows milk costs me over $4. It is, of course, worth it to have a less cruel, chemical free milk BUT it really does add up quickly so I think switching to hand made nut milks is going to be my newest life change 🙂 

It’s so easy to do, I wish I had taken a chance and done it sooner in my life! I have tried a few packaged varieties of milk alternatives and some were OK, but really I would rather make my own, save on the packaging, money and appreciate every drop I consume since I made it myself! The kinds of pre packaged milks I have tried so far are soy (my least favorite), hemp (my second least favorite), rice, coconut and almond. It’s nice to buy a container or two of organic milk alternative when it goes on sale just to have in the cupboards for cooking/etc, but it doesn’t taste anywhere near as good as home made! 

All it takes is 1 cup of whatever nut you want to use, so far I have done Almond, Pecan and Hazelnut, soaked for a day in water, rinse, then put in the blender with 4 cups (or more/less depending on your taste preferences) and blend on high for 2 minutes. You can add a bit of sweetener if you wish, I have used agave nectar and maple syrup in the past and both tasted good, as well as some vanilla extract if you want too. After you blend it, strain it through a cheese cloth and you’re done! Should make about 1 ltr. I can easily buy many different kinds of organic, raw nuts in the bulk bins at the grocery store and it is much cheaper per 1ltr of the nut milk versus cows! 

One of the other awesome things about making your own nut milk is the left over nut crumbles in the cheese cloth do not need to be wasted! You can keep them (fridge for a week or so or freeze indefinitely) and add it to your cooking/baking. I love to add them to oatmeal, use them like breadcrumbs in cooking, add it to any kind of baking… there are so many ways to make use of the left over nuts! 

Next on my list of milks to try making are flax, walnut and coconut. I will hopefully post about them and let you know how they turn out 🙂 The bottom two pictures are my almond milk and pecan milk. My old glass bottles from the organic cows milk have come in handy! 

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Chantale on March 9, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Wow! This looks way to easy 🙂 Thank you

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