View Full Version : Nutmilk bag ??
I hear everybody talking about nutmilkbags, since I haven't made any nutmilk; what is it, how to use it and where can you buy on ?
thanks, emmy :confused:
03-13-2005, 03:01 AM
It's basically a very fine strainer-bag that you hang over a bowl to drain the nutmilk from having soaked and prepped nuts. Generally speaking, you soak the nuts overnight, drain, toss 'em in a blender, add water and liquefy. Then pour the resulting mix into the bag to drain your nutmilk out.
They're oftentimes sold in the kitchen gadgets section of healthfood stores. One where I shop regularly will fill individual orders for items they don't stock when possible, so you might try asking. You might even find one in a regular store with the canning supplies. Online, www.rawfood.com is a good store, IMO, and carries nutmilkbags. Didn't see one in Alissa's store, so mebbe we can beg her to offer one, which would be a big help for people living in off-beaten-path places with no good health food store.
I don't have one yet either but am thinking about getting one, as I'd like to try some of the cereal-like recipes I've read. I bet almond nutmilk would be just drooly-yummy!
03-13-2005, 07:32 AM
Funny you should ask...ill have them in about a week and a half. i have some new products going up on the site by monday and that will be added as well.
check this week!
03-13-2005, 09:14 AM
:::::sigh::::::: Which means Alissa's getting still more of my buckolas...
I'm sure she'll be dismayed to hear that. :D
03-13-2005, 09:45 AM
to nutmilk bag....Don't NOT make nutmilk cuz you don't have a bag. I've been using a large, very fine strainer or, you can use cheesecloth, tie it up or put IT in a strainer over a large bowl and there you have it!!!
03-13-2005, 09:54 PM
I'm sure Alissa's are realy great, and I don't know how much she charges, But I paid $9 each and I bought 2 from www.rawfamily.com of course, that was 4 years ago, so they may have gone up.
However, someone on another post on this forum said that they bought a paint strainer and used it, and it was perfect.
They cost about $1.00 to $2.00 each. Not the kind with paper attached, just the bag kind.
Hope this helps.
03-13-2005, 10:05 PM
I can attest to the paint strainer bags too (I think that was Wendy who mentioned those). My nut milk bag had HAD it...it had runs in it (like pantyhose get) and holes that were allowing pulp to enter into whatever I was straining.
Not wanting to spend another $8 or $9 bucks PLUS waiting for it to arrive, we were at Lowe's getting some things and I remembered to check into the bags. Found them...the 1 gallon size - 2 in a pack for $1.98. They also had 2 in a pack 5 gallon sizes for $2.98. Doesn't have the drawstring, but it does have elastic around the opening.
I got the 1 gallon size and I tried it out today....works beautifully! The material seems to be the exact same as the nutmilk bag I already had here (hadn't thrown it out yet and had some buckwheat sprouting in it). We'll see how long it lasts before it gets a run or a larger hole in it (the one I bought online got a run in it like after 3 uses).
I'll definitely be buying more of those for straining but if they don't last long, then I can use for sprouting!
03-14-2005, 04:52 PM
that was me that posted about the paint strainers. my paint strainers have far far outlasted my 9 dollar nut bag. i got mine for less than 1 dollar each at Sherwin-Williams. Since they were so cheap, I bought about 6, that way I can rotate them, while some are in the dishwasher.
03-14-2005, 04:56 PM
Oh cool! Well thank you for mentioning them because they are working like a charm for us! I need to stock up on 'em and like you, rotate them.
03-14-2005, 05:12 PM
yeah, when they are that cheap....why not stock up.
i have my hubby to thank for that. i was telling him about my nutbag dilemna and how expensive they are (nutbags). and, he was on a job site (he is a custom cabinet maker) telling some other guy there and the guy said, oh, this is what you need, a paint strainer. so, i was on the freeway when my husband called and said, hey, i found a solution to the problem (see, he had motivation too b/c he wanted more nutmilk and i had no cheesecloth at the time either)....and i just happened to be right by a sherwin-williams, i raced off the freeway at the exit (i was just about to pass it) and went and bought about 6 or 7 of them....so excited. i looked up online about them...wondering why no one else had thought of it. someone else had, for maple syrup. found a couple websites of small family operated maple syrup operations that said that they used paint strainers to strain the syrup.
so, you have some guy on a construction site to thank for your cheap "nut bags" :) :) :)
03-14-2005, 05:51 PM
An impulse sealer can repair tears and "sew" smaller nut bags out of the paint strainers. If you have a bag sealer made for home use it may be hot enough to seal the edges as well, probably with several consecutive presses in the same area.
I know someone who "sews" warm up pants out of rip stop nylon and her impulse sealer. How cool is that?
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