Before we even get started about almonds and almond milk, a lot of you may have the predisposition that almond milk is horrible for the environment, especially those living in California. Well, hell no! It is way better than cow milk. The graphics below should be of help:
Sure that almonds have a bigger footprint than soy and oat milk but at the same time it is the most popular in the UK & US. So we wanted to make it a bit more eco-friendly by showing you a home method to making almond milk and also using the waste pulp to make some almond pulp doggy biscuits!
So let’s get started with the almond milk:
Pour 1 cup of almonds in a bowl and cover with water
Leave to soak for 8 - 12 hours, or over night. The longer they soak the creamier the milk.
Drain the water away and add the soaked almonds to a food processor with 3 cups of filtered water.
Blend on high for around 5 minutes
Sieve the mixture through a fine sieve at least twice, saving the nut pulp for another recipe(dog biscuits). if you have a nut bag or a fine cloth you can also use that.
Pour into a air tight bottle and keep in the fridge! It should last in the fridge for 3-5 days.
As you already noticed, it’s far more water intensive than making oat milk. But hey! If you want almond milk, I can’t stop you. Just to make you feel better, wanted to remind you that it is far less cruel and environmentally damaging than dairy milk.
Please be aware the next time you see an article about how “nut milks” are bad blah blah blah. Just remember that article is probably funded by the dairy industry.
If you’d like to see on how to reuse the nut pulp for some vegan dog biscuit recipe please check out our other post.
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