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05-28-2006, 10:32 PM
I would love some hints on quick, clean ways to make nut milks. It is such a mess to use cheese cloth and time consuming to squeeze each ounce by hand. Any hints on faster, cleaner ways to do it? Thanks
05-28-2006, 10:35 PM
I use a nut milk bag, and I make nut milks every day or every other day, i just pour it into the bag, and sqeeze, takes only a couple of minutes, and every since I started doing this, my hands don't hurt any more, like they used to, I couldn't type for very long or paint for very long, and since I am a writer and an artist, that was not a good thing.
So, now my hands don't ache all day, they are stronger than they have ever been, and I can shake anyones' hand, and not feel that vise grip those macho men seem to feel is necessary when shaking a lady's hand.
05-28-2006, 10:37 PM
I use a metal strainer. I don't know if I'm doing it right (I'm new to this) but it sure tastes good! I made cashew milk yesterday and added 1/2 water and 1/2 coconut water and the cashews in the blender. Then I strained them with a normal metal strainer you can get for a few dollars at any store. It allows a little of the really fine ground nut in so it makes the milk extra creamy. It is so delicious with the coconut milk! Oh and I added a little vanilla. I have also made rice milk this same way. I soaked the rice for a day and night before blending though. Have fun and enjoy! Hope this helps.
05-28-2006, 11:06 PM
I make DELICIOUS cashew-almond nut milk with a splash of vanilla, a few dashes of sea salt and a little agave that even my picky kids will drink and eat with cereal!
I use a paint strainer bag from Home Depot... $.99 for a 1-gallon bag and little under $2 for a 5-gallon size. I recently started doubling them just for added durability and assurance there won't be any pulp getting into the milk. Just blend, pour into the bag and "milk" the bag into a bowl...I then eliminate waste by dehydrating the pulp and grinding to almond-cashew flour that can be used in my dessert recipes such as pie crusts that call for almonds! I rinse, airdry and reuse the bags and have even thrown them into the laundry machine and dryer.
05-28-2006, 11:14 PM
oh thanks. That sounds great and inexpensive! I did see a "mylk maker" somewhere on the internet but wondered if it heated the mylk up. Can't remember what it was called....
05-29-2006, 12:55 AM
I have done it two different ways:
I pour it through a coffee filter. After it has sat there for quite awhile, there isn't much moisture left, so I just fold over the edges and press it out.
The other way is really the best if you are making lots of milk. I used to make tofu this way too. I would blend the nuts or whatever with the water, then pour it slowly through my (running) centrifugal juicer which had a long cellulose filter in it. I would end up with the driest pulp that way, and the CLEAREST, SMOOTHEST milks. Wow.
I don't really use that juicer anymore for anything but that. I know someone who thought it worth her while to buy a cheap second hand one just so she could do her milks. But make sure that you have one with the straight-sided strainer basket which fits those long cellulose filters. Without the filters you get too much sludge. I know of two brand names; Atlas and Acme. You can find them on ebay sometimes and you can get a few hundred filters for about $10 or so.
It might seem a little extra involved to have another machine to clean out, but it rinses out very nicely and once you are in the swing of it, this is by far the fastest and most efficient, effective way to get the best milk. Lots better than dripping through coffee filters or squeezing, hurting your hands and having to wash pulp out of those bags!!
05-29-2006, 01:06 AM
These are all great ideas and I wish I would have been fortunant to hear all of these ideas before I invested in a nut mylk maker its actually called the soy quick its great but you still have to add your sweetner of your choice.
05-29-2006, 02:57 AM
I have a nut milk maker - its called the Yaoh Hemp Milk Maker and its wonderful. Its the easiest machine to clean of all the equipment I have.
You just put 100g nuts/seeds in the top, 1l water in the bottom and switch it on. After a few minutes, wala. You have 1l milk and some pulp which can go in recipes. If I need nuts/seeds for a recipe, I put them in the milk maker first, then I don't have to grind them.
05-29-2006, 07:38 AM
Could either one of you post a pic of that machine? I have the feeling the ones you are using are identical to the soy milk makers here in China. They are really cheap here and I am thinking of buying one if I could use it for nutmilk.
05-29-2006, 08:27 PM
How long will nut milk last in the fridge?
05-30-2006, 05:32 PM
How long will nut milk last in the fridge?
You have to drink it pretty quickly. We usually drink it within a few days but I think that it will last about 5 days in the refrigerator. After that, it starts to go bad.. this may defer with different refrigerators though. We store our nutmilk in a glass jar. It went bad one time, but I can't remember how many days it was.. I think about 6.
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