I made The Kitchn’s homemade almond milk, and it rocks. In coffee, this milk beats store-bought almond milk every time – no sweetener required (unless you want some).
I soak my almonds for the minimum time (overnight). I don’t use raw almonds or sweetener. It’s delicious.
How hard is it to make?
The Kitchn’s version of almond milk is easy – no special ingredients or equipment required. However, you do need to plan ahead a little as the almonds need to be soaked overnight.
How long does it take?
After you’ve soaked the almonds, about two minutes to blend and five minutes to strain.
Do I need any special equipment?
- Muslin cloth (cheesecloth)
- Food processor
- Airtight container to store your milk
What’s the method?
I follow The Kitchn’s homemade almond milk recipe. Here’s what I do:
- Soak almonds overnight in enough water to cover them.
- In the morning, drain and rinse the almonds.
- Put them in a blender / food processor with twice the volume of water to the dried almonds, e.g. one cup dried almonds to two parts filtered water.
- Blend for two minutes.
- Place your sieve over a bowl and put a square of muslin over the top of the sieve, for straining.
- Use a spoon to help push the milk through the sieve and the muslin.
- When most of the milk is in the bowl, gather the edges of the muslin together, twist, and squeeze the remaining milk out.
- Discard or freeze the almond pulp for later use, for example in my gluten-free banana cake recipe.
- Pour milk into an airtight glass container and store in the fridge. Enjoy in coffee, tea, smoothies, muesli – whatever you like!
How much does it cost?
Good quality almonds are expensive. This recipe is probably not going to be cheaper than the shop-bought brands. I prefer the taste of blanched almonds, without their skins.
Expect to use about 100g of almonds for every 300ml of milk. That’s about £3.30 per litre.
It’s a little expensive. But, it’s delicious. It works really well in coffee, even without sugar. It’s also grain free, which means it’s a good alternative if you or your loved ones are sensitive to gluten and grains. And, you won’t be left with cartons that you can’t recycle.
Save money by bulk buying almonds (remember, you don’t need to splash out on the best quality almonds) or take your own containers down to your local zero waste shop and get only as much as you need.
If you make your own almond milk, get in touch! I’d love to know how it turns out.