- Soak 1 cup almonds in water 6-8 hours or overnight
- Strain and rinse almonds thoroughly
- Combine soaked almonds with 4 cups water in juicer, adding water evenly with almonds
- Strain milk and refrigerate
- Almond pulp can be saved in the freezer for use in baked goods or for making crackers http://www.elanaspantry.com/vegan-almond-pulp-crackers/
Almond milk can be made with a juicer, Vitamix or common kitchen blender. Our preferred ratio of almonds to water is 1 cup almonds to 4 cups water. Any ratio is acceptable as long as you like it. It can be made from a 1:2 (which would be difficult to strain) up to a 1:4 ratio! The most important piece of equipment is a strainer. I have a stainless steel strainer with a closely woven mesh. There are nut milk bags that are made specifically for straining home made "milk". A bag would strain out most of the nut meal that can still get through a strainer, but I don't bother to use a nut milk bag. If using a Vitamix, the almonds can be blended completely into the water making a very rich and "creamy" milk with no need to strain. In that case, running the Vitamix for a minute allows ample time for the machine to do a thorough job.
We discovered that home made almond milk was absolutely delicious! We really don't drink almond milk as a "milk beverage" unless we have an occasional hot cocoa. Most of the time, our almond milk is the "creamer" for our morning coffee. When we eliminated dairy from our diet, I went on a quest for a cream substitute. Oat milk, rice milk and coconut milk fell short of my expectations. Almond milk from the grocery store was barely tolerable, and we had a difficult time finding packaged almond milk that didn't have carrageenan in it. (Carrageenan is a seaweed derivative that is added to foods and cosmetics. In research, carrageenan induces colon cancers and enhances growth of implanted tumors.) So we bought a one pound bag of raw almonds, soaked them overnight, rinsed them and put them through our juicer. We were hooked!
Why we don't consume dairy
- Without a doubt, dairy contributes to the increased incidence of colon, prostate and breast cancers. The dairy protein, casein, enhances tumor growth.
- The fat in dairy products contributes to elevated cholesterol which leads to a host of metabolic diseases, especially the clogging of arteries.
- Based on the world-wide studies of diet and disease, dairy consumption has been implicated as a contributory factor in many diseases: Allergies, Anal fissures, Chronic constipation, Type 1 diabetes, Crohn's disease, Ear infections and Multiple sclerosis to name a few.
- It is unknown if some bovine diseases could be linked to human diseases: bovine leukemia virus and human leukemia, Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis (MAP) and Crohn's or irritable bowel syndrome.
- Cheese contains a high fat content. Toxins and chemical pollutants bind with fat and are therefore found in higher concentrations in cheese.