If you are vegan, lactose intolerant, or simply don't like milk, you can make a milk substitute using nuts. Nut milk has a lot of calcium, as well as essential fatty acids. Plus, nut milk is actually very easy to make.
Ingredients and supplies:
- 1 cup raw nuts (most varieties will work; the most common is almonds)
- 3 cups lukewarm water
- Small bowl
- Strainer or colander
- Mixing bowl
- Glass container for storing the milk
Prepare the nuts. Shell the nuts, or purchased nuts already shelled. Place the nuts in a small bowl. Pour one cup of water over the cup of nuts, and let them soak in the water at least a few hours, if not overnight, in the refrigerator.
Drain the nuts. Once they have soaked in the water, remove them from the refrigerator and pour them into a strainer to drain. Now, if you're using almonds, you may want to remove the skin. You can also leave it on for extra calcium.
Blend the nut mixture. Pour the drained nuts into the blender. Add about 2 cups of water, depending on how thin you want the milk to be. For macadamia nuts, use about 1 1/2 cups of water to achieve the same consistency as 2 cups of water with other varieties of nuts. Your first few times making nut milk will be trial and error, but soon you'll know just how much water you need to add to achieve the desired consistency. Now blend on high for about 3 minutes, checking occasionally to see if the nuts are thoroughly blended.
Strain the nut milk. Place the cheesecloth over a mixing bowl, and pour the nut mixture through the cheesecloth into the bowl. The cheesecloth will catch the nut fragments. Then gather the cheesecloth and squeeze all of the moisture out of the remaining nuts. If you want to get more milk out of the remaining nut "pulp," blend it again.
Store the milk. Pour the milk into a glass container for storing. You can store it in the refrigerator for 3-5 days, but no longer since the nut milk is raw and has no added preservatives, unlike store-bought milk.
Nut milk can be substituted for store-bought cow's milk in recipes, or used in coffee, cereal, or almost anything you would use cow's milk for. Nut milk is a healthy substitute for cow's milk, and it has a pleasantly sweet taste that some people prefer over store-bought milk. If you are vegan or lactose-intolerant, homemade nut milk can be a delicious replacement for milk in many recipes.