Home Made Almond Milk

You guys, I finally gave in and tried making home made almond milk! Blame it on that Monday MLK holiday, and a big bag of expensive-feeling almonds from Cash & Carry. As a lactard, I ordinarily drink almond milk at home en lieu of regular milk, when I’m not indulging with coconut milk to lace my coffee, so it’s already a staple in my house. It was delicious, and I can’t believe it took me so long to finally try making it, especially as I was gifted with a powerful Vitamix last year.

Almond milk: snapped this pic just before the rest of it got gobbled down!
Almond milk: snapped this pic just before the rest of it got gobbled down!

The recipe and advice from the kitchn was just right, so here’s the link. I’m not going to even bother listing the steps here, since I made zero alterations.

How to Make Almond Milk (from the Kitchn)

Tasting Notes & Specs:
While extra delicious, still a little mealy mouth-feel. This did not deter us from drinking all of the almond milk on the spot, with no left overs for the fridge the next day!
My only specs to share were that I soaked the almonds about 26 hours, from 4:40PM until after dinner the next day, used four layers of cheesecloth, and I also dripped in about 2-3 tablespoons of agave syrup (done arbitrarily, to taste).

Almonds, just startin' to chill in water for 26ish hours.
Almonds, just startin’ to chill in water for 26ish hours.

Random Related Thoughts:
Immense feeling of guilt for using so many almonds to make about one giant mason jar of almond milk, which my household promptly guzzled down in the course of a few minutes after a spicy mapo tofu dinner. All that led me to this interesting Slate article:
Stop Vilifying Almonds: Yes, they use up a lot of water in drought-afflicted California. But the story gets a lot more complicated from there.

Did You Know: about one-third of all food produced worldwide, worth around US$1 trillion, gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems. http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/food_waste_the_facts

Novelty Rating: 5 of 5 The taste of novelty is rich indeed!
Likelihood of Repeat: 80%
Lesson learned: I am very interested in trying to make some after soaking the full 48 hours, a fun weekend activity with relatively low active time commitment. I kind of hacked it with the cheesecloth setup too, and feel I could rig up something else better. Given that link above, I might try to do something with the almond meal to feel like I am not wasting too much.

The straining setup: cup below, topped with colander, then soup sifter, then four layers of cheesecloth.
The straining setup: cup below, topped with colander, then soup sifter, then four layers of cheesecloth.
Freshly-blended almond milk: so frothy-delicious!
Freshly-blended almond milk: so frothy-delicious!

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