Recently, I have been crazy about this whole Paleo Diet thingy, so I have started to change my diet. One of the first few things that I tried to change is milk. In Paleo diet, we have to omit diary products. If you would like to know more about why, google for it. Else pop over to Whole9 for explanations.
Alright, back to the home made almond milk. To be honest, I failed” sourly” when I tried to make almond milk for the first time. I have a packet of baked almond nuts (non-organic) on hand when I tried to do it. Although I have read lots of recipes online stating that we should use raw almond, but I thought there shouldn’t be any difference and I was being lazy to purchase another packet of raw organic almonds. It was a BAD move.
The almond turned sour after soaking for 2 nights! I didn’t know how almond milk should taste or smell like, decided to continue to try, thinking that, after washing the almonds, the smell should be gone. It was another wrong move. After washing, blending and squeezing, the almond milk is still SOUR. Omg.. Lol.. Why did I even continue the adventure when it already smell sour! It was a disastrous attempt! Haha.. I am so silly! Mistakes that I think I have made:
- Soaking for 2 nights (I read that the longer you soak, the creamier the almond milk will be!)
- Using baked almond nuts
After the “sourly” attempt, I decided to try it again since we would need milk for our coffee and the cereals that we need to clear it off. This time round, it was a success! Before moving to the steps, would like to show something that is kinda disgusting. The soaked almonds of baked and raw.
Not sure why is there a layer of bubbles? I am still not sure whether is it caused by the almonds being baked already or is it due to prolong soaking? If anybody has the answer for me, please tell me! Not really sure if I want to try again soaking for 2 days using raw almonds! Definitely do not wish to waste food again! Moving on to the steps..
Isn’t it easy to make your own almond milk! Hehe. To be honest, hubby and I don’t really like the taste. Maybe we are not used to it? Hmm… Nevertheless, will try with organic almonds next time. Maybe it will taste better.
Oh wait! Don’t throw away the leftover blended almonds! They can be used to make almond meals / flour! Will be doing it now! Meanwhile, enjoy the almond milk! =)
- 1 cup (125g) raw almonds
- 2 cup drinkable water at room temperature
- Water for soaking almonds
- Soak the raw almond in water covering the almonds with about 1 inch above the almonds for 2 hours.
- Wash and drain the soaked almonds.
- Blend the almonds with the drinkable water in a blender on high speed for about 3 - 5 minutes.
- Transfer the blended almond liquids to nut milk bag.
- Squeeze! Use all your mighty strength to squeeze the milk out into a bowl.
- Transfer the milk to a bottle.
- Enjoy the almond milk or you may refrigerate it. It can be kept for 2-3 days. Anyway, as long as it does not smell sour, is alright to consume it!
- Soaking of almonds varies, you have to soak it for 2 hours at least. The longer is soaked, the creamier it is. The longest with best results that I have tried is 6 hours.
- Don't bother using cheesecloth. I have tried it and is a mess.
- If you are residing in Singapore, the nut milk bag can be bought at those typical provisional shop that sells buckets and kitchen wares. Just tell the staff you are looking for a bag to squeeze coconut! Is only SGD$1.50, cheaper than the nut milk bag from Amazon.
- Suggest to squeeze the milk into a big bowl as the milk may spill all over the place while squeezing.
- Do not throw away the leftover blended almonds. Use it to make almond meal / flour!