Children are often encouraged to drink milk especially during their growing years as milk contains calcium that strengthens bones and other important nutrients. However, there are people who are lactose intolerant at an early age, so alternatives to dairy milk are needed like soy, oat, rice, and even almond milk. Almond milk can be bought in pre-packaged cartons or you can easily find an almond milk recipe and make homemade almond milk! The process is easy and it is not difficult to obtain the ingredients for it.
Almond milk recipe ingredients and equipment
The basic ingredients of any almond milk recipe are almonds and water. If it is your first time to make almond milk, begin with a ratio of 2 cups of water for every cup of almonds. If you wish your milk to be thicker, just decrease the amount of water you use. If you want to have thinner milk, add more water.
In list form, here are the ingredients you need as well as some optional ones plus their amounts:
1 cup of almonds (preferably organic ones for healthier homemade almond milk tea)
2 cups of water (this amount is for making almond milk tea; you’ll need more water for soaking the almonds)
(Optional) Sweetener of your choice (sugar, honey, maple syrup, etc.) or flavourings like cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate, etc.
The pieces of equipment you need to make almond milk are also minimal. You need the following:
1 big, deep bowl
1 measuring cup
1 blender or food processor
1 finely meshed cheese cloth or nut milk bag (also called sprouting bags)
How to make almond milk
Now that your ingredients and equipment are ready, it’s time for the fun part: making almond milk!
Almonds are tough nuts and the first step in any almond milk recipe is to soak them in water. You can soak them overnight or up to two days. If you’re pressed for time, soaking the almonds for at least an hour still works, however, the longer the almonds are soaked, the creamier your almond milk will be! The soaked almonds must be covered with about 1 inch of water.
After soaking the almonds, drain the soaking water and rinse them with cold running water. If amply soaked, the almonds should feel squishy when pinched and appear plumper and juicier. When you’re done rinsing them, combine them with two cups of water in your blender or food processor. Although using either equipment is great, making almond milk with a blender is slightly better as the resulting product is silkier in texture and has a hint of sweetness. With a food processor, the milk is thicker and has a more prominent nutty flavour and gritty texture. Refer to your taste preference for almond milk to determine which equipment to use.
Put your blender or food processor on its highest mode for around 2 minutes. You can do this continuously or pulse the equipment a few times to break up the almonds more easily. When using a processor, you may need to scrape down its sides from time to time. You need to form the almonds into an extremely fine meal and the liquid should begin turning white.
Begin lining your strainer with the nut milk bag or cheese cloth over a measuring cup or another bowl. Slowly pour in the almond milk. Most of it will be easily filtered from the fine meal, but after a while you’ll need to gently twist and squeeze the bag or cloth to coax the remaining milk out. The extracted liquid can fill around two cups.
Taste the almond milk. Does it still need some sweetness? If so, carefully add your preferred sweetener. As for the other flavourings, you can either blend them together with the almonds and water or after the almond milk has been extracted. As for the remaining almond pulp (you’ll probably have a cup of this), there are plenty of uses for it like adding it to homemade granola, cereal, smoothies, etc. It can also be chilled and served as a snack!
Almond milk storage
Because it is homemade almond milk, it will not last as long as those pre-packaged brands you find in stores (they are usually in special long life cartons). Therefore, aside from knowing how to make almond milk, you also need to know how to store it properly. If you won’t consume it right away, make sure to store the milk in sealed containers and refrigerate them. They can last for 2 to 5 days. To avoid spoilage, it’s best to drink it right away.
Do you have your own almond milk recipe? Isn’t it more wonderful and cheaper to make it at the comfort of your own kitchen?