If you’ve never tried nut milk before, it’s a must! This type of milk is made from nuts instead of dairy. In my opinion it’s superior to dairy for many reasons. The nutritional content is greater, and I like the taste. You can make it any time from whatever stash of nuts you have in your home, and all you need is a Vitamix, gear juicer or a basic blender. The most common way to make it is with a blender. But most people don’t know that you can easily make it with your Hurom juicer , too.
Probably the most favorite of all the milk’s is almond milk, I think in part to the commercialization of it. Any favorite nut you may have on hand will work. Be careful of the store bought types of milk- They have been pasteurized and have lost most, if not all, of its nutrients. That’s why they fortify it with vitamins. It’s a much healthier option to make it yourself.
Making the milk….Preparing the nuts
Use fresh raw pecans, walnuts, almonds or hazelnuts when making your milk as they have retained all the nutrients from not being pasteurized and heated.
It's best if they are soaked in filtered water. The time really doesn’t matter that much. The simplest way is to put them in a bowl of water overnight or while your at work. This way you won’t have to think about the timing. Make sure it's at least for 4-6 hours.
Making the milk with a basic blender
Once the nuts are hydrated, you can place them in your blender along with some fresh filtered water.Use about 1 cup of water to 1 cup of nuts. I like to add honey or some of the add-in's I mention below.
Process the blender on high speed until completely blended. The liquid will be white in color.
If you are using your blender, then you’ll need a nut milk bag or a cheese cloth. Over a bowl, pour it into the special bag or cheese cloth so that it can catch the pulp. You might have to do this several times, depending on how much you are making. Squeeze out the pulp and save for later use.
Making milk with a Hurom Juicer
Once the nuts are hydrated, you can place them in your juicer. Be sure to also put a bowl or cup underneath your juicer to catch the milk, if it doesn’t already have one. Add the nuts to the juicer. Start with 1 cup, which will yield approximately ½ cup of nut milk.
Feed them through the tube just like you would produce to make juice.
If you are using a Hurom, you do not need to strain. You’ll have delicious drink once you run all the nuts through the juicer. If you want to add extras like honey, do so now, do not add it to the juicer.
You can also do this with several other juicers with a similar design, like the Omega Vert Juicer.
Flavoring your milk
There are a few items you can use to flavor your beverage:
You will have to experiment with the amount of flavorings you add to your milk. I just put about a tablespoon of vanilla for every cup of nut milk I make. I also like to add more water to it, but that’s just my preference.
Making nut milk in the Vitamix
While I frequently do make this in my juicer, on most days I prefer to make it in my Vitamix. (am I allowed to say that on my juicing website? :)
I like the fact that the Vitamix will mix it all together for me. It also seems quicker. You need a nut milk bag or cheesecloth, though, and that part isn’t so fun. However, it makes saving the pulp for dehydrated treats much easier.
Here’s the quick recipe for almond milk that I use with my Vitamix:
1 cup of almonds
2 cups of filtered water
1 tablespoon of Vanilla
2 tablespoons of honey
If you want chocolate almond milk, add about a tablespoon of cocoa powder.
I mix this in the Vitamix for about a minute on variable speed 10, high.
Make sure you touch the container to make sure it doesn’t get hot and cook it. It does get warm when processing.
When its will combined, put the milk bag or cheese cloth over a bowl. Pour the milk into the bag (over the bowl). After it’s all in the bag, lift it up and strain it out, squeezing the nut pulp until all the liquid is in the bowl.
This will separate most of the pulp. If you can’t stand even a little bit of pulp, empty the bag into a baggie to save for later use and strain the liquid through the bag again. This will ensure no pulp gets through.
Storing the milk
Most homemade milks safely lasts for about 48 hours (72 is probably ok, but iffy). It’s best to pour your freshly made milk into a glass container and refrigerate it.
Do you want smoothie recipes you can use your nut milk in?