March 16, 2011
How to Make Your Own Nut Milk
Posted by MSLO Blogger
1 You can make your own fresh, all natural, organic nut milk for less than half the price of the store bought stuff.
2 Soak one cup of raw, unsalted cashews in water for 8+ hours. I buy them in bulk online for $6/lb and store them in my fridge so I can make milk anytime I want.
3 Recycle a 32 oz jar! Fill it with water.
4 Drain the cashews and put them into your food processor with a couple ounces of water from the jar you just filled. Process for about 15 seconds on high speed.
5 Now that you have a wet cashew paste, add 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. You could also add vanilla, cinnamon, and/or cocoa powder at this stage if you like.
6 I add about a tablespoon of raw agave nectar, but you could use any sweetener. This amount only balances taste, add more if you want your milk to be sweet.
7 Process on high speed for about a minute until there are no chunks, then gradually add the rest of the water from the jar until it's well blended and, ahem, milky.
8 This milk is creamy and opaque, but you can add more water if you like a lighter body. This recipe makes enough to fill your 32oz jar plus one glass leftover. Chill before drinking.
Nut milks - almond, hazelnut, cashew, and others - are becoming more popular every year, appealing to the health conscious, the lactose intolerant, and the vegan alike. You could pay $3.50+ for 32 oz of organic nut milk at the supermarket, then lug the boxes home, store them, and remember to buy more every time you get low...or you could follow the instructions above and make your own fresh, all-natural nut milk for far less money and not much effort.
If you use raw organic cashews you can buy online in bulk for $6 a pound, your 32 oz of milk will cost you about $1.50. It only takes about 5 minutes to do, there's nothing to lug, no pile of packaging to recycle or trash, and you can keep nuts on hand for refills at your convenience. Oh, and there's only four ingredients, no Tricalcium Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Citrate, Sunflower Lecithin, Retinyl Palmitate, Ergocalciferol, or Di-Alpha Tocopherol found in most organic brands. You won't miss them, I promise.
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