We are both still losing weight steadily. John’s FBS tends to be 100 or less despite whatever snack he eats at 9 pm while he takes his last round of meds for the day.
Basically we are biding our time until his April cardiologist appointment where we will explore the possibility of dropping Plavix and exchanging Warafarin for Xlarelto as the Xlarelto does not require regular blood tests….saving us $25 an office visit…
After a week or so of using almond milk in shakes and in cooking, I developed a rash and some stomach issues. When I mentioned this in passing to a colleague who works with dietetic interns and is herself vegan, she suggested I might be having a reaction to one of the chemicals in the processed almond milk and to try making my own.
Yeah. right. Make my own milk. sure. Wait….chemicals in the milk?
I have long been a proponent of whole foods…and no chemicals…no wonder I was having rashes…
Additional research suggested that the chemicals added to shelf life …and I really could keep one carton of almond milk for almost a month….
So, I decided to make my own almond milk and avoid the chemicals.
The why behind the process
Let me be very up front. Homemade almond milk only lasts a few days in the fridge….perhaps 3-4 days only. This means I need to plan ahead as to when I will need the milk for baking as the first step is to soak the almonds at least 12-48 hours…. so if we are making pancakes on Saturday morning, then Friday night I need to start soaking almonds.
You must start with raw almonds…not salted, not roasted, but raw.
As I mentioned before, plan ahead, allowing the raw almonds to soak at least 12 hours before blending. This saturates the nut from the inside-out, resulting in a smoother, creamier texture. It also yields more liquid, because fully saturated nuts blend better and leave less “pulp” behind. Soaking the almonds also activates the enzymes, making the milk more nutritious. The longer the soak, the creamier the milk…so…to make better milk, I start soaking almonds on Thursday.
Making almond milk uses a Vitamix in all of its glory! I’m sure there are other ways to do this, but I love my Vitamix.
The ingredients are simple:
- 1 cup raw almonds – soaked for 12-48 hours
- 3 cups filtered water
So…one or two days before you plan to make the milk, measure out 1 cup of raw almonds into a glass container. Add enough water to cover with an additional inch or so of water. Cover this container with a cloth and set aside until you are ready to make your milk.
Yes, when you take the cover off, the water will have a reddish tint and look murky. That is good! This means your water has saturated the nuts and has activated the enzymes….and pulled out anything in the almond that you don’t want in the milk.
Rinse the almonds thoroughly. Then rinse them again. The soaked almonds will actually have swelled up as shown below:
Add the rinsed soaked almonds to your Vitamix and add 3 cups COLD WATER.
Select variable 1. Start machine and slowly increase to the highest speed. Blend for approximately 45 seconds or until you reach the desired consistency. Blending for much longer than this could warm your milk.
When you finish, it will look like the photo on the above right.
Now it is time to strain the milk to remove the pulp. some people like to leave the pulp in and just shake thoroughly before drinking. When I bake, however, I want as little pulp as possible, so I strain.
You can purchase a nut milk bag and pour the liquid into it and then squeeze as if you were milking a cow – in case you know how to already do that. If milking is new to you, then start squeezing down from the top of the bag. It makes sense after a few tries.
This makes 3 cups of FRESH almond milk.
If want to make sweetened almond milk, add in a little vanilla and three whole dates before blending.