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One of my biggest weaknesses is not taking the time to properly understand how something works if I feel it is “above my head”. I often refer to myself as a ‘technology-retard’ – anything that I feel I don’t really know how it works I often turn a blind eye in ignorance and just let someone else do it. Alas, I am getting better, learning that things aren’t that complicated if I just sit down and actually take the time to ‘nut it out’ (punn intended given the nature of this post). Anyways you are probably asking Nadine, where are you going with this? Well, believe it or not I have these same ‘retard’ moments in the kitchen. So I always thought making nut milk was this complicated ordeal and again, turned a blind eye and simply went about and bought my own overpriced organic nut milk instead. It was only until recently at the Mind Body Spirit festival that I learnt how to make nut milk from the guys at the Vitamix stall. And oh my god it is so easy! So – I am going to share with you how to make your own nut milk, as a follow up to my post about non-dairy milk varieties (see here).
WHAT YOU NEED
- Organic nuts. A general rule is one cup of nuts for every three cups of milk you want to make.
- Glass jar/pitcher. Use this for soaking the nuts and storing your final product.
- Blender or food processor. Doesn’t have to be anything grande. I just use a sunbeam stick mixer.
- Nut milk bag, cheesecloth or fine-meshed sieve (optional). Use if you like your milk smooth instead of pulpy.
3 EASY STEPS TO MAKE NUT MILK
3. Strain the pulp (optional). I prefer not to strain my nut milk because I like the texture in my smoothies and added to my oats or chia seeds in the morning; and also its extra fibre. But if you prefer smooth it needs to be strained. A nut milk bag is used specifically for this purpose: It’s clean and easy and also reusable. A cheesecloth folded in 3-4 layers or a large fine-meshed sieve also work well.
OPTION: SWEETEN YOUR NUT MILK
You can also add a lil sweetness to your nut milk. I like to add a few drops of vanilla essence. Or you can add some raw organic honey, or you may like to add a pinch of cacao powder for a chocolatey flavour.
STORING NUT MILK
As I said 1 cup of nuts makes 3 cups of milk if you made around 6 cups of milk that would most likely last 1 week and it is perfectly fine to store in the fridge in your glass jar or pitcher for 1 week max to retain nutrients and flavour. Let me know how you go!