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Monday, January 9, 2012

Day 9 Eat to Live

Thinking of making your own nut milk? Go to the hardware store and get a paint strainer bag...even in my little town the local hardware store owner "Aaron" said that quite a few come in for it. Two bags for less than $3 is a deal when the cost of a so called nut milk strainer bag costs on average around $15-$20

Rich and Creamy Homemade Almond Milk
    2 cups of almonds Water to cover salt, optional 4 cups of water 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional Sweetener of choice, optional
1) Place almonds in a bowl and cover with warm water. Add a few dashes of salt, optional. (Soaking nuts and seeds in salted water is a traditional practice). Soak at room temperature for about 8 hours. Drain the almonds and rinse well.

2) Place the almonds with 4 cups of water in a blender. If you have a smaller sized blender like me, you may need to do this in two batches. Blend for about 1 minutes, or until the almonds are crushed well. Strain using a nut milk bag or cheesecloth, squeeze well to remove all of the milk.

3) Add sweetener of choice (such as stevia, honey, or agave) to taste (optional) and vanilla (optional). Keep refrigerated and shake before using.

You can cut the almonds in half for less rich almond milk (cheaper too).
You can also make a variety of baked goods from the nut grounds leftover.

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