The food manufacturers are gaining up on us and taking advantage of our need to change our diets and introduce things that our bodies can tolerate. Almond Milk is on average about $4.39 for a 1.89L carton. If you're lucky, it is sometimes on sale for $2.89. Why not make it yourself?
Here’s how to make it:
1. Soak the almonds. Start with 1 cup of raw, unsalted almonds. Place the almonds in a bowl and cover with at least 1 inch of cool, fresh water (filtered or distilled is best). Make sure your bowl has some space, as the almonds will plump up a bit. Cover the bowl tightly and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
2. Place a piece of cheesecloth over a jar or other container, securing it with a rubber band.
3. Drain the almonds in a colander and rinse thoroughly with cool water. Toss them in a blender. Add 1 ½ cups of cool water and a pinch of salt (optional). If you want to sweeten the milk, you can add a couple of pitted dried dates to the mix, or a tablespoon or two of maple syrup or honey. Blend at the highest speed for about 2 minutes—you want those almonds thoroughly pulverized. Blend in up to ½ cup more water, a few tablespoons at a time, to thin it if desired. Taste the milk and add more sweetener or salt, if needed. You also can blend in some vanilla, if you like.
4. Slowly pour the milk into the jar, through the cheesecloth. Work slowly so it can pass through the cheesecloth and not overflow. When all of the milk is through, gather up the cheesecloth and squeeze to extract as much liquid as possible. Cover the jar and chill. Makes about 2 to 3 cups.
Although almonds can be expensive, it is still much cheaper than buying it pre-made in the grocery store. If you source your almonds in a bulk food store, you can save yourself a lot of money making it yourself.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's blog where I explain how to make your own HOMEMADE RICE MILK!