All right. I know this is probably the easiest, most obvious recipe ever. But guess what? I’m a bad cook. Things aren’t always obvious. I share them nonetheless.
Sometimes the simplest recipes can still be a challenge for those of us who aren’t exactly culinary experts. But you know what? It’s important to share those easy recipes anyways because there’s always someone out there who might need that help. So even if it seems like a no-brainer to some, it’s still worth putting out there for those of us who need a little extra guidance in the kitchen.
Okay, on to some tips on healthier homemade almond milk AND how to blanch almonds at home.
Healthier Homemade Almond Milk + How To Blanch Almonds At Home
Almond milk from the store is full of gunk. It’s so friggin’ easy to make, there’s no reason NOT to make it at home. Blanched almonds are also really FUN to make. While we usually get raw, full-fat milk from grass-fed cows (yep, we do raw dairy), we’ve been too busy fighting ticks and raising goats to make it to our farmer lately. And yesterday, I needed some white liquid to put in my coffee. Because that’s just how I like it.
So I made some almond milk myself. I know there are LOTS of recipes for this all over the internet, but scout’s honor: I figured this out myself. Maybe I’m even doin’ it wrong – who knows. (Let me know in the comments.) I use this nut milk bag (tee-hee). This is WAY easier than cheesecloth. I chose NOT to soak the almonds because I believe most of the troublesome anti-nutrients are contained in the skin. Remove the skin by blanching, and you can have homemade almond milk in minutes.
Here’s all you need to get started:
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 3 filtered cups of water
- 1 nut milk bag for easy squeezin’
It’s good to note that even if you’re looking to make your own vanilla almond milk recipe, this is a great place to start. With just 15 minutes of prep time, you’ll have a few servings of delicious and nutritious milk that can be stored in the fridge for a few days. It’s a simple and cost-effective way to enjoy almond milk without having to worry about any added preservatives or chemicals. Give it a try and see just how easy it can be to make your own almond milk at home!
How To Blanch Almonds
Blanching almonds might sound intimidating, but trust me – it’s actually a breeze. All you have to do is boil them for a brief period of time and then comes the fun part – “pinging” the almonds out of their skins. It’s a quick and satisfying process that can be a great stress reliever after a long day. Plus, once you’ve blanched your almonds, they’re ready to be used in a variety of recipes – from baked goods to savory dishes. So don’t be afraid to give blanching a try – it might just become your new favorite kitchen hack!
You can blanch your almonds by following these steps:
- Bring 2 cups of the filtered water to a boil.
- Add almonds and boil for 45 seconds. (Skin will begin to release.)
- Strain almonds from boiling water immediately and run cool water over them.
- Once cool, grip each almond between 2 fingers WITH THE POINTY SIDE FACING OUT.
- Pinch and the almond will “ping” from its skin! (Voila – blanched almonds!)
How to Make Almond Milk
Making almond milk at home is a breeze with these simple steps.
First, take your blanched almonds and place them in a blender. Cover the almonds with one cup of filtered water and blend for about 10 seconds, or until the almonds are completely pulverized and the liquid turns white. Next, take a large bowl and line it with a nut milk bag. Pour the almond mixture into the nut milk bag and strain it through.
Once you’ve strained the mixture, you’ll be left with a delicious and creamy almond milk that’s perfect for adding to your favorite recipes or enjoying on its own. It’s a quick and easy way to make your own almond milk at home without any added preservatives or chemicals. You can even add maple syrup to sweeten, it if you’ve got the tooth for it!
Here’s the TL;DR version:
- Blanch almonds by boiling them for a brief period of time and then removing the skins.
- Add blanched almonds and 1 cup of filtered water to a blender.
- Blend for about 10 seconds or until the almonds are completely pulverized and the liquid turns white.
- Strain the mixture through a nut milk bag.
- Enjoy your freshly made almond milk!
Can You Freeze Almond Milk?
Freezing almond milk is definitely an option if you want to save some for later. However, keep in mind that the texture might change a bit once it’s thawed, and it could separate or become grainy. But don’t worry, you can easily restore its consistency by shaking it well after thawing. To make things easier, it’s best to freeze almond milk in small portions, like in ice cube trays, so you can thaw only what you need.
So go ahead and freeze that almond milk, just remember to give it a good shake when you’re ready to use it again!
How Long Are Almonds Good For?
Almonds are a tasty and healthy snack, aren’t they?
But, have you ever wondered how long they last? Well, if you store them properly in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, they can actually last up to two years! That’s a pretty impressive shelf life, right? But, as with any food, it’s always a good idea to check for signs of spoilage before munching on them.
If you notice a rancid smell or taste, it’s probably best to toss them out.
Make your own almond milk for a healthier, tastier alternative!
And voila! You’re now a pro at making your own almond milk, which means you have full control over the flavor and sweetness of your favorite drink. Say goodbye to store-bought options and hello to a healthier and tastier alternative that’s sure to impress your taste buds.
Making your own almond milk at home is a great way to enjoy a healthier and tastier alternative to store-bought options. With just a few simple steps, you can create a smooth and creamy dairy-free milk that’s perfect for adding to your favorite recipes or enjoying on its own. Plus, since you’re making it yourself, you can customize the flavor and sweetness to your liking.
Give it a shot and see how easy and delicious homemade almond milk can be! Your taste buds (and your body) will thank you!