Start with good quality almonds. You don’t absolutely have to get raw organic, but beware the bulk bins at the grocery stores. You never know how long those nuts have been sitting there or how many hands grazed the pile or introduced bacteria in to the bin.
I use 2 cups of Organic Raw Almonds – toss them in a tall container, add plenty of water for the nuts to soak up, then cover and let them sit on the counter for 6-8 hours. Leave them out overnight if you’ll have time to blend them up first thing in the morning. If plans change, drain them, add fresh water and put them in the fridge until you have time to blend your almonds in to milk. They’ll be good at least a couple days in the fridge that way.
Not all strainers are alike. I experimented with the nut milk bags, and even tried a cheaper alternative – paint strainer bags from home depot. I don’t like any pulp in my almond milk. It’s like saw dust in there – too much fiber. So, my go to strainer is a muslin bag. I find it to be very resilient when I twist and strain the milk out. It separates everything perfectly! And the clean up is quick. A simple hand wash in the kitchen sink with my Mrs. Meyers dish soap, rinse, wring out, and hang to dry. Your choice of strainer will make all the difference in your almond milk texture quality.
Almond Milk Recipe
- 2 cups almonds, soaked 6-8 hrs, rinsed and drained
- 4 1/2 cups filtered water
Add your almonds and water to a high powered blender like the Vitamix. At this point you could sweeten it with a couple dates or agave, add some vanilla, or keep it simple. The taste of the almonds has enough flavor to it. Unsweetened almond milk can also be used later to make soups or other recipes.
Secure the lid. Start out on low speed for about 10 seconds then gradually work up to high speed. Let it blend for up to a minute.
Prepare your glass jug by making sure it’s clean. Swirl about 1 cup of boiling water inside to kill any bacteria. Remember, we are making a fresh, raw almond milk. We don’t want it to spoil quickly on the count that bacteria was hanging out in the jug. This ensures your milk will be good at least 3-4 days in the fridge without any funky smell.
Using a large bowl, hold your strainer bag upright and pour the contents of the blender in to it. Twist, and squeeze until you get as much of the liquid out as possible. Pour your milk in to your jug. This is the one I use.
Freeze your almond pulp for later use in other recipes.
Enjoy your almond milk. It’s worth the extra effort.
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