I posted a thing about commercial almond milk today on my Facebook page, and since I make my own, I am honoring a request to post a how-to....
Making Almond (or other nut) Milk...
1 cup of Raw Almonds (or other nuts)... bulk section is great for this!
4 cups of filtered water
vanilla (if desired)
sweetener (dates, honey, cane sugar simple syrup, etc) if desired
You will need a blender and a "nut bag" (which I find hilarious to say or type, by the way!)... or a new knee high pantyhose stocking, or cut the leg off of some that no longer fit since you bought them ;)
1. Soak the almonds overnight (8+ hours) in enough water to cover them.
2. Drain the water off, and place almonds in the blender.
3. Add the filtered water and blend until the contents are milky white and the almonds are little bits.
4. Add the vanilla and sweetener, and blend a little longer.
5. Strain the milk through the nut bag aka pantyhose into a pitcher, and then squeeze the liquid left in the hose into the pitcher.
There you have it! The milk will stay good in the fridge for about 2 days, so it is best to make it in these small batches.
As a bonus, if you spread the remaining almond meal out on a cookie sheet and dry it out in the oven on the lowest setting until it is dry and crumbly, you can use it as almond meal or almond flour in your recipes... nothing goes to waste, and no expensive almond meal to buy!
Happy milk making!