Did your parents force you to drink 3 cups a milk a day when you were a kid? Mine did. I never particularly liked it. Adding Strawberry Nesquik made it more bearable but once I was done growing (a whole 62 inches!), I stopped drinking milk. Then I started drinking soy milk because it was the “in thing.” And of course, studies came out saying that too much soy is bad for you.
More recently, I started buying almond milk from Trader Joe’s. Recently I realized that it’s super easy to make by yourself so I took a stab at it. Cow’s milk is not meant for human consumption. Think about it…and then you’ll get grossed out and make your own milk, no utters chaffed in the process.
A good blender (Vita-Mix)
Paint strainers or Cheese Cloth
Glass Jars with lids
1/3 cup raw almonds
4 cups water
1 tsp vanilla or almond extract (optional)
Put the almonds and milk in your blender and turn it on high for 2 minutes. Don’t fill it up too much or else you’ll end up with frothy explosion…like me.
Take your cheese cloth or paint strainer (can be found at any hardware store) and secure it over your glass jars.
Pour the milk mixture through the sieve of your choice. It’s a slow process so be patient! You can make cow sounds to amuse yourself.
After the milk stop dripping into the jar, you’ll end up with almond grit stuck in your filter.
You can rinse the filter upside down to remove the grit. If you use paint strainers, they will become weak after rinsed in water but it should last through one rinsing. Continue the process of straining. Add flavoring of your choice. I love the taste of almond extract so I used that instead of vanilla.
Shake, Shake, Shake. And it’s ready to drink. Nice and smooth. Cow Free. Store it in the frig for up to 4 day.