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12-21-2007, 05:37 PM
:)I am trying to make almond milk and am not sure how to strain it. The last time I tried cheese cloth and it would not go through and I ended up with all the pulp in the milk...not very smooth to drink. I could use any ideas and help...I am not sure how to do this. I don't have an actual vitamix...just a warning blender. Thanks so much in advance as I'm sure someone out here knows how to make this wonderful stuff raw! Happy Holidays. Carrassa
12-21-2007, 05:58 PM
A nutmilk bag does WONDERS. I didn't buy one for months (started high-raw in January), but once I got one (best offer on Ebay) it's done wonders. SILKY smooth milk!
Also, if you don't want to buy a bag yet, I hear nylon (clean!) stockings do wonders...
ALSO, cashews that have been soaked for awhile aren't as "grainy" as almonds, and make a really good milk, even without straining.
PS> CHEESECLOTH DOESN'T WORK!! (I learned this straining and losing a lot of milk this way myself)
12-21-2007, 06:16 PM
I got paint strainer from Lowe's. It comes in a pack with two, one-gallon bags for $2. It works wonderfully.
12-21-2007, 07:23 PM
I use a metal mesh strainer....it's pretty fine, although it does let in some of the pulp.....but not much, and it was cheap and it's reusable!
12-21-2007, 08:05 PM
I use so many things, a cotton pillow case, old bots of sheet, muslin.
Try using a thin cotton pillowslip or cut out a large square of old sheet.
Whatever cloth I use, I wet it before hand so I don't lose half the milk wetting the cloth. The milk always comes out smooth and creamy with no bits.
I reckon if you can get a paint straining bag that would be best. I can't find them where i live, nobody seems to know what I'm on about when I ask them in hardware stores.
I reckon nut milk bags are overpriced for what they are.
12-21-2007, 09:37 PM
If you have a Vitamix try this:
1 cup soaked almonds
6 pitted dates
1/2 teaspon sea salt
4 cups of water
1 cup of pure ice, yes ICE.
Blend for 3.5 to 4 minutes. Yes, THAT long. Because of the ice you can run it that long without reaching hot temperature (in fact I took the temperature with a food termometer and it was 90 degrees).
Now I measure the temperature by hand, touching the wall of the Vitamix cup while blending, you now when it is room temperature and when it is slightly warm, I know is ready.
No need to strain anything. Try it like this. I add vanilla and more sweet if I am going to drink just milk, if not it is just perfect for any smoothie or blend.
12-22-2007, 08:55 AM
Thank You all so much!! I am going to try a few of these and see what works best for me. You are all so wonderful and sharing. Carrassa
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