Today's adventure: making my own almond milk. I've been wanting to make my own almond or hemp milk for some time, and my squeaky clean way of eating motivated me to give it a try. Buying almonds at Trader Joe's made it even more economical -- it's $4.49 for a one pound bag -- usually I buy almonds in bulk for $6.99 a pound. It's rare that I find a packaged item to be less expensive than in the bulk section, so I've been heading to TJ's a bit more often to snag these yummy raw almonds.
This morning I soaked 1 cup of almonds in 2 cups of water, and let them hang out in the fridge for about 8 hours. I took off all the skins -- a sort of fun and meditative process -- and rinsed almonds really well in a strainer.
Next, I poured them into the blender, along with 3 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon of stevia (stevia is alkaline -- yeay!).
After froth sampling, I poured the milk into a strainer that I had lined with a few pieces of cheese cloth. I squeezed all the excess liquid out of the cheese cloth, and got not only some super awesome almond milk, but also some exciting almond meal!
This recipe yields about 3 cups of almond milk, and 2 cups of almond meal.
Have you ever made your own milk? Or milked a cow or goat? What's your favorite kind of "milk" to drink?