Been wanting to take your veganism to the next level but didn’t know how? You know I got you fam! This post is all about making your own goddamn almond milk – that’s level 5 shit! You may be surprised to learn that almonds do not have nipples, so you cannot extract milk the traditional way. The best part about that is (other than the obvs lack of cruelty) is that you don’t have to wake up at 4am to milk your cows or whatever.
TBH making your own almond milk is actually super easy and you don’t really need anything too spesh or weird to pull it all together. This guide will yield about 1L of almond milk but since it only lasts a few days in the fridge, you may need to adjust the quantities depending on if you’re a milk fiend or not.
Step 1 – Gather Your Equipment
You really don’t need much to make almond milk happen and you’ve probably got most of this junk lying around at home! Gather the following:
- 1 large jar
- 1 1L glass bottle
- Cheesecloth or nut milk bag
Step 2 – Gather Your Ingredients
Like step 1, pulling together the ingredients is hella easy too! To make 1L of almond milk, you’ll need:
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 4 cups water (plus extra for soaking)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 vanilla pod (optional)
Step 3 – Prep Your Almonds
The most annoying step in the process is preparing your almonds for milking. Pop them in a large jar and fill that jar with water. Leave to soak for 24 hours until they look super disgusting like this:
Strain and rinse the almonds a few times to get that weird sliminess outta there.
Step 4 – Blend It
Now it’s time to grab those almonds by the udders! Not really. Chuck the almonds, 4 cups of water and salt into a blender then scrape the vanilla seeds in too. Blend on high for a couple of minutes.
Step 5 – Milk It
Line a large jug or bowl with your nut milk bag or cheesecloth and pour in the contents of the blender. Seal up the bag and squeeze firmly to extract the sweet, sweet almond milk.
Step 6 – Store
Pour the almond milk into your large bottle and pop into the fridge until you’re ready to use it. But what about this stuff?
Don’t throw it out! That stuff looks like almond meal cos it is almond meal, dummy! Pop that in a container in the fridge and make yourself a cake or somethin.