Learn how to make fresh almond milk, a delicious and healthy dairy free beverage very easy to make.

Ingredients:
150 g (1 metric cup) of raw almonds
500 ml (2 metric cups) of room temperature boiled water*, to soak the nuts
625 ml (2 1/2 metric cups) of room temperature boiled water*, to dilute the almond pulp**

This recipe makes approximately 600 ml (a bit less than 2 1/2 metric cups) of almond milk.

Instructions:

1. Soak the almonds:
In a jar or a glass container add the almonds and cover them with 500 ml (2 metric cups) of water. Close the lid and soak the nuts for 12 hours or overnight.

2. Sterilize the equipment:
Place a jar or bottle, its lid, a cheesecloth and a colander in a large pot. Fill it with boiling water until all the equipment is covered, leave it for at least 5 minutes.
This technique is optional, feel free to use other techniques to sterilize the equipment.

3. Make the milk:
Drain the water, then rinse the almonds a few times to remove all the impurities.
Transfer the almonds into a blender.
Pour 625 ml (2 1/2 metric cups) of water and blend until you get a smooth consistency.
Line up the colander with the cheesecloth and place it on top of a mixing bowl.
Pour the almond mixture into the lined colander.
First, let the almond milk strain, then gather the edges of the cloth with clean hands, and form a ball by twisting the cloth. Continue twisting and firmly pressing on it to squeeze the rest of the liquid out.
The dry almond pulp could be used for baking pie crusts or cookies for instance. Place it into a container and freeze until needed.
Pour the almond milk into the jar or bottle.***
Store in the fridge for 3-5 days.

Note:
*The quality of water is imperative. You can simply boil a few cups of water and let it cool down completely before using.

** When making almond milk, the ratio of almonds vs water could vary depending on personal taste. I recommend the following ratios:
– 1 cup almonds to 2 cups water (similar to the consistency of 2% cow milk)
– 1 cup almonds to 2 1/2 cups water (similar to the consistency of 1.5% cow milk)
– 1 cup almonds to 3 cups water (similar to the consistency of 1% cow milk)

*** As fresh almond milk doesn’t contain any stabilizers and emulsifiers to help maintain a uniform consistency, it will separate, just give it a quick shake and it’s ready to drink.

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February 4, 2018