View Full Version : Almond milk -- any easy ways to strain?
06-15-2005, 10:21 PM
I strain the almonds threw t-shirt material and then squeeze till I get most of the precious milk out. But, there has to be an easier way. . . I'm thinking an apple press sounds promising, of course a much smaller version!
06-15-2005, 11:06 PM
I just use a large strainer and strain it into a bowl. Life is easy. :)
06-15-2005, 11:19 PM
I use one of those permanent gold coffee filters. It works great but be sure to get the one that is a strainer all the way to the bottom too. Mine is not so it takes a bit of swishing at the end. I have been using it for 6 months or more so I am used to it and may even now think I got my monies worth and get the other one. :rolleyes: I hope this made sense. ;)
06-15-2005, 11:20 PM
When I do that (use a large strainer), it all strains right through. Then my little guy, who I make it for, who happens to be Downs Syndrome, and has sensitivity issues, refuses to drink it.
Any other ideas or maybe I should ask, what kind of strainer you have?
Randolyn, where do you find the gold coffee filter? (As you can tell, I've never been a coffee drinker.)
06-15-2005, 11:30 PM
You can either order nut milk bags online OR...you can go to your local Home Depot, Lowe's or other home improvement/hardware-type store and ask for a paint strainer bag. It looks just like the nutmilk bags sold online except it doesn't have the drawstring.
They work like a charm! Still gotta squeeze/milk the bag :p ...but it does the trick and might work out better than the t-shirt material.
06-15-2005, 11:52 PM
You can get them almost anywhere. I have seen them in the supermarkets and Walmart, Target.... most anywhere they sell regular coffee filters. It would be right next to the regular ones on the isle. Just try to get the one that is the strainer in the bottom too and not solid plastic so the milk drains through the bottom and not the sides. Here is a link to a bunch of pics of different ones to give you an idea :)
06-16-2005, 12:52 AM
is what I used (when I used to make the nut-milk). Works perfectly. You can easily make your own strainer out of it. Just cut a long rectangle, fold in half, and saw around 3 edges (living 1 thinner edge open), like so:
Sharon in Colorado
06-16-2005, 01:02 AM
You are so right on with the t-shirt my friend. I had a friend make a nut bag out of some tule-like fabric. I used to use a metal strainer, but I couldn't squeeze every last drop out, I'm sure I was wasting at least 1/2 cup of liquid each time. Any kind of thin cotton material like that would work just fine.
06-16-2005, 02:37 PM
I have tried everything, and although there are less expensive choices. I buy mine from www.rawfamily.com
Victoria Boutenko has these bags made and she sells them for $9 each.
They are made out of nylon, and are nice and large, and are really wonderful.
I bought 2 and that's all I ever use now.
06-16-2005, 11:30 PM
Simple question about the nylon bags -- do you still need to squeeze so much??
06-17-2005, 04:01 AM
It is like milking a cow/nut milk bag.
But the nylon keeps ALL the pulp inside, so it is sooooo smooth, and the almond pulp comes out almost totally dry.
My bags are large will hold about 6 to 8 cups easy, plus squeezing room. They have draw string at the top, so they are really nice.
I've tried several others, just because I think it is important to have options, but none are as nice, or as large, or as easy to clean, or as sturdy.
Just my opinion.
06-17-2005, 10:05 AM
i also use the paint strainers. they are just as sturdy as the "nut milk" bag that I ordered online (in fact, more sturdy in my opinion) and about 1/20th the price. They come in 2 sizes: 1 gallon and 5 gallon. The 5 gallon is big and would hold ALOT of pulp. But really, I find it easier and less cumbersome to work in small batches anyway. And, re: the drawstring. I never found a need for using that when I had one with a drawstring anyway.
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