Almond Milk

Yes it's very easy to make your own almond milk. Here's the basic gist of it.

First, you'll need a nutmilk bag and a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix blender, pricey but worth it - we've had ours around 20 years now).

Start with one cup of raw almonds, cover with pure filtered water and let sit about 8 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse the almonds. Then add about 6 cups of filtered water to a high speed blender, add the almonds, and slowly build up to high speed until the almonds have totally been blended and the liquid is nearly smooth.

Use a large mason jar or pitcher and have your nutmilk bag ready to go lining the jar or pitcher. Pour this liquid (you may need to do this in two batches) carefully into the bag with one hand while you hold the bag over the container with the other hand. Then carefully begin to squeeze the nutmilk through the bag until you can barely squeeze out any more liquid. Place a secure lid on the nutmilk and refrigerate until you are ready to use it. It will keep about 5 days.

Options - after you've made the first batch, you can leave as is, which is delicious on it's own, or you can put back in the blender and add a few dashes of cinnamon, fresh vanilla bean, a (pitted) date or two - whatever calls to you. 

Reserve the remaining almond pulp for crackers or cookies (recipes forthcoming).

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