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How to milk an almond : Almond Milk Tutorial

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Everyone knows you can milk a cow, a goat, a sheep, and even a coconut. Luckily for all of us dairy free folks, you can also milk nuts. Well you can’t physically “milk” them, but you can extract the liquid from the nuts.

Almond milk is a fantastic alternative to cow’s milk. It’s low in calories and high in protein. It takes a little getting used to, but once you make the switch from regular milk you won’t want to go back.

While it’s readily available on most grocery store’s shelves, the packaged almond milk has a lot of additives, stabilizers, and preservatives. It’s slightly time consuming, but extremely beneficial to make your own almond milk at home. And it’s easy. 

I use almond milk in most of my recipes. Click HERE to see them all!

Oh and beware of milk mustaches :-)

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How to milk an almond : Almond Milk Tutorial

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker - AgainstAllGrain.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound raw almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 11 cups filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon honey or 1 medjool date (optional)

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Instructions:

  1. Cover 1 pound of almonds in 4 cups of water with 1/8 teaspoon salt in a glass bowl.  Soak in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours (36 max).
  2. Drain the water half way through and add 4 cups fresh water for the remaining time.
  3. Drain and rinse the almonds. They will look about twice the size that they were before soaking.
  4. Line the pulp bin of your juicer with a ziploc bag. This will help with the cleanup, and is also a great way to save all of the pulp for almond crackers.
  5. Combine 2 cups of water with the almonds, then pour through your juicer in batches.
  6. Gather the pulp from the ziploc and combine it with another cup of water.
  7. Stir the mixture, and then run it through the juicer one more time (we don’t want to waste any precious milk!).
  8. Stir in the remaining 1/8 teaspoon sea salt.
  9. Pour through a fine mesh strainer and store in a covered glass container for a week.

Now the rest is up to you! If you like your almond milk a little thinner, then add a little more water, or strain through cheesecloth. If you want it a little sweeter for baking or ice cream, add some honey or juice in a couple of dates.

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  • http://thecheapskatecook.com Steph (The Cheapskate Cook)

    Quick question before I try this: How much milk does this recipe make?

    • Against All Grain

      Thanks for asking! You should get about 3 cups out of it depending on the juicer you use and how thick you want to make it.

  • Amy

    I’m very new to the specific carbohydrate diet – currently on day 5 so I’m trying to learn as much as I can. I’ve been researching sites with instructions on how to make almond milk – thank you for putting this on your site. I do have a few questions…you mention storing the almond milk in a glass container. Is there a specific reason for this? Is a plastic container acceptable? Also, the pulp that is leftover – is this the same as the almond flour/almond meal that can be purchased for baking, etc.? I noticed a few other sites recommended peeling the almonds after soaking. It seems you don’t peel yours. Is there a difference in the outcome depending on whether or not you peel? Thank you!

    • Against All Grain

      Hi Amy – I don’t use much plastic in my kitchen for health reasons, but it will work just fine. The pulp is not the same as the flour, unless you dehydrate it first and then grind it up really finely, but it will have the skins in it so you won’t get as good of results baking with it as you will with blanched almond flour. Check out my Almond Flour page at the top of my home page. Some take the skins off because they find them a little bitter but that’s too much work for me! I don’t mind the taste.

  • liese

    I love your take on making Almond Milk.
    mine is

    Soaked almonds [never thought to soak them in salted water though... will have to try that]
    I freeze the soaked almonds i don’t use.

    1/2cup of almonds
    2cups water
    dash of cinnamon
    pinch of salt

    Blend in my VitaMix and strain through a Nut Milk bag. take me less then 5 mins. obviously except for soaking the almonds…lol

    • liese

      forgot my 1 medjool date pitted

  • Julie

    Can almond milk or the left over mash be used to make almond cheese or yogurt?

  • Cheryl

    This looks so easy! How many cups is 1 pound of almonds?