Once I discovered how to make my own almond milk - free of starches and sugars and flavorings and other additives - I began making it. There's a saying, "You make time for the things that are most important to you." For me, I make time to do this, because it's important that I eat as cleanly as possible right now. I'll admit, there are times when I don't feel like making it. I have a box of organic almond milk handy just in case I don't get a chance to make my own. But it's pretty simple to do, and truth be told, I like the way it tastes better.
Here's what you need to do this: 1 cup of almonds, 7-8 cups of water, a blender, cheesecloth or a nut milk bag, a large bowl to strain the liquid into, and a jar to store your almond milk.
I like to peel my almonds once they've soaked, but you can skip this step if you want. Some people find the taste of the skin makes the milk taste bitter even after soaking. If you want to give peeling the almonds a try, all you need to do is give an almond a gentle squeeze and the nut will shoot right out of the skin. And when I say "gentle," I mean "gennnnntle." There's an almond MIA in my dining room right now because I squeezed a bit too hard. I find it kind of therapeutic, so I turn on the TV and watch an old movie while I peel almonds. It usually takes me about 10 minutes to do it.
Side Note: because of my blender's limitations, I have to make my almond milk in two batches.
Double Side Note: I do not recommend this version of the Ninja Blender. The capacity is small and it works like part food processor and part blender, but not enough like either when I need it. I'm doing the best that I can with it, but a VitaMix is in my future.
Triple Side Note: If you want something like cream for your coffee or tea, try blending the almonds with just two or three cups of water. DELICIOUS!
Quadruple Side Note: I just wanted to write the word "quadruple." That is all. Carry on.
local health food store for about $8 or so. Squeeze the pulp in the bag to get every last bit of milk out of it.
That's it. That's how homemade almond milk is done. Pretty simple, huh? No salt, no starches, no natural flavoring. Just what almond milk is supposed to be: almonds and water.