A sturdy yet lightweight nylon mesh bag that can be used over and over again to make your own nut milk, juice and/or sprouts. Has a handy drawstring to help get all the juice out of the pulp. These bags are almost a necessity for the living foods kitchen.
The Art of Nut Milking
So at first glance this may seem a little strange to some
people. How do you get milk out of
nuts? What kind of nuts can I make milk
with? Whatís wrong with just buying
almond milk from my local grocery store?
Why should I make my own and how do I do it? Whatís a nut milk bag?
First of all, nut milks are not made by squeezing or
pressing a nut. If you do that, using a
proper press machine, you will get oil and not nut milk. Nut milks are made by blending the nuts with
water after they have been cleaned and soaked for about 8 hours then straining
the liquid from the almond meal.
So, If you think that the only nut milk that you can make is
almond milk, you are definitely not thinking out of the box. Thereís Brazil nut milk, cashew, milk, pecan
milk, hazelnut milk, macadamia milk, sesame seed milk, walnut milk and more. Our favourites are the almond, cashew, and Brazil
So with all these nut milks why not just buy them already
made at the store. Well, have you ever
picked up a carton of almond milk to look at the ingredients? You will find that they are loaded with
added sugar and also contain preservatives.
Plus you will be lucky if you even find organic nut milk at your grocery
store. Most of the time itís just conventional. Plus
you will be hard pressed to find any of the above mentioned nut milks except
for almond milk and perhaps the latest release which is cashew milk. Again both filled with unwanted, unhealthy
ingredients and including preservatives.
When you make your own almond milk, or anything from
scratch, you control exactly what goes in it and it tastes way better and so
much fresher than the store bought Tetra packs.
Plus you can tweak it to make it taste how you like it. You can sweeten it using your sweetener of
choice - instead of high glycemic sweeteners found in the ones at stores. You can even sweeten it using dates or any
other fruit or berry.
So how exactly do you make a nut milk? Well letís start with the basics and we can
tweak it a bit after. First letís start
with the equipment:
High powered blender - the higher the power the
smoother the milk
Nut Milk Bag Ė special bag made of fine mesh used to strain the milk
Next you will need the basic ingredients:
1 cup of your choice of nuts soaked for 8 hours
to soften them. Weíll be using almonds to make it simpler.
2-3 cups of water. We like it a bit smoother and not as thick so
we use 4 cups of water.
Extras to be added for more flavour if you desire:
Fresh Whole Vanilla Bean
2 Dates with the pits removed or Sweetener of
your choice to taste
Pinch of Sea Salt
Rinse the soaked almonds thoroughly and add to the blender
container. Add water and any of the
other extra ingredients and blend at high speed for a few minutes until it is
smooth. Open the nut milk bag and poor
the liquid into the bag while holding it over the bowl so the bowl catches the
When most of the liquid is through the bag then you want to
close the top of the nut milk bag using the draw string and gently squeeze the
remainder of the milk through the bag. CAUTION: DO NOT TWIST THE BAG OR WRING THE
BAG OR THE BAG WILL TEAR AND YOU WILL HAVE A BIG MESS. Be gentle and take your time gently squeezing
and milking the bag until only the thick almond meal remains behind. Once you are done you can save the almond
meal to make other goodies. We dehydrate
ours and save it after every batch of milk until we have enough to make a nice
big batch of cookies.
So voila, you have fresh almond milk that will keep for 2-4
days in the fridge. Now time for the fun
What can you make with almond milk that tastes awesome? How about add some chocolate or carob. Or blend
it with blueberries or strawberries. Use
it as a base for your protein shake or smoothie, add it to coffee, tea or
better yet use it with Dandy Blend (coffee alternative) or for your favourite
latte or chai.
We also like Brazil nut milk with a bit of vanilla and
nutmeg or just add some mesquite. For a
sweetener we use lucuma. Brazil nut milk
has a creamier texture and also goes well with cacao powder. For an added punch, you can also use some Brazil
nut or almond milk with 1 tablespoon of lavender flowers. Just make sure to drink this one up within a
few hours since the lavender will be more and more potent as the drink sits.
So how long does all this take. Well if your nuts are soaking then it will take
5-10 minutes to blend and strain.
So tell us what your favourite concoction is with these
amazing nut milks. We would love to hear