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funkymuse
Thursday, September 11, 2008, 2:11pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Ok... so here's what I have had to do to get the SMOOTHEST almond milk and man it's kind of a pain!  

Drain the milled nut milk through the coffee filter all night stirring occasionally before I went to bed and then just let it sit there and drip on it's own.  

Then taking spoonfuls of the pulp and hand squeezing through cheesecloth folded over twice to get the remaining milk out of the pulp, which wouldn't drain anymore, which ended up to be about 3/4 of a cup!

Man this is an area for an inventor!  If a person could develop an almond milk press that would strain all the milk without all this hassle, it would sell!
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Drain the milled nut milk through the coffee filter all night stirring occasionally before I went to bed and then just let it sit there and drip on it's own.  ... If a person could develop an almond milk press that would strain all the milk without all this hassle, it would sell!


All night? Aren't you afraid of food poisoning doing that? I'm just a big chicken of that .........had a BAD case years ago.
and yes, if someone would invent it, I'd buy it. build it, they will come.



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You guys should all look into "nut milk bags."  The raw foodies use them to strain out the pulp and it seems they work better than cheesecloth, from the descriptions.

http://www.rawglow.com/sproutbag.htm  
On this page you can see someone using one.  It's the second product listed.
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You guys should all look into "nut milk bags."  


I've used those too........didn't work and they're very expensive. I know they can be reused tho.  they just didn't get enough grit out for me. the unbleached paper coffee filters work the best for me.......so far. I'm still hopeful something better will come along.



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I used to make a lot of farmers type cheese.  I would put the curd into a cheesecloth lined strainer, let all drip that would freely come out, then I wrapped the whole thing into a ball, put it back into the strainer and added a weight on the top.

This could shorten the draining process for almond pulp.



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funkymuse
Thursday, September 11, 2008, 3:48pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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All night? Aren't you afraid of food poisoning doing that? I'm just a big chicken of that .........had a BAD case years ago.


I put it in the fridge.  

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I used to make a lot of farmers type cheese.  I would put the curd into a cheesecloth lined strainer, let all drip that would freely come out, then I wrapped the whole thing into a ball, put it back into the strainer and added a weight on the top.

This could shorten the draining process for almond pulp.


Excellent idea!
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funkymuse
Friday, September 12, 2008, 2:06pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Can we freeze almonds?  I soaked a big batch and don't have time to deal with them all right now...

suggestions?  
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I'm sure you could, but they might be pretty mushy when you thaw them.  I've done that--soaked too many.  You can store them in the fridge too.  I really like soaked almonds.  They're sweeter.


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Friday, September 12, 2008, 2:27pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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they are the same strainer.


Oh..duh. I was using the mesh strainer.. Thanks Vic and IB

75$ on almonds? Where would I put them? I need one of those big freezers. I have yet to buy one. I know they're a good idea.

I must try the soaking method, sweeter you say Ribblet?
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I've used those too........didn't work and they're very expensive. I know they can be reused tho.  they just didn't get enough grit out for me. the unbleached paper coffee filters work the best for me.......so far. I'm still hopeful something better will come along.


Ok, IB how about straining it through the bag, then through the coffee filter? That should work!  
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I'm sure you could, but they might be pretty mushy when you thaw them.  I've done that--soaked too many.  You can store them in the fridge too.  I really like soaked almonds.  They're sweeter.


Thanks Ribbit.  It won't matter if they are soggy since I'm just going to thaw them out to make almond milk.  
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Back to the topic of skinning almonds for a moment . .

I tried soaking my almonds overnight in warm water instead of hot, and I was able to slip the skins off 3/4 of them as easily as I do when they are soaked in the hot bath, but the remaining 1/4, I had to work at it.  I may have to revert back to using the hot, because it took too much time yesterday.  

I was hoping to get the benefits of raw, but anyway, raw organic almonds aren't really raw anymore.    



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Ok, IB how about straining it through the bag, then through the coffee filter? That should work!  


since those bags are so expensive, I think I might try FM's way..........let it drain all night in the fridge.



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since those bags are so expensive, I think I might try FM's way..........let it drain all night in the fridge.


Make sure to put a rock or something heavy on it after it seems like it's not draining on it's own anymore.  I put some cheesecloth over it and then the rock on top.
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Quoted from italybound

since those bags are so expensive, I think I might try FM's way..........let it drain all night in the fridge.

IB I'm confused from your previous post which said:
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I've used those too........didn't work and they're very expensive.

By your post I understood you've already bought the bags? So why wouldn't you try it with the filter?
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I guess you find a smooth rock and run it through the dishwasher a couple of times?  I like the idea of having a rock in the kitchen, but I haven't done it yet.  I read about it in oriental and Indonesian cookbooks.


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I guess you find a smooth rock and run it through the dishwasher a couple of times?  I like the idea of having a rock in the kitchen, but I haven't done it yet.  I read about it in oriental and Indonesian cookbooks.


We get nice round flat ones from the beach which work perfect for a 'rock press.'  We have rocks all over the house.. kind of collect them you might say.  We have gone to rock and mineral shows and now I stay away because you can go crazy buying all kinds of absolutely stunning crystals and other types.  I wouldn't use those in cooking though!  ha...
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We get nice round flat ones from the beach which work perfect for a 'rock press.'  We have rocks all over the house.. kind of collect them you might say.  We have gone to rock and mineral shows and now I stay away because you can go crazy buying all kinds of absolutely stunning crystals and other types.  I wouldn't use those in cooking though!  ha...


You sound like me.  At one point, I realized that I had to start changing my behavior toward rocks!     I had special little rocks in all my plants, fancy ones displayed on my window ledges, stunning large ones in all my patio plantings, plus so many bags of them all over the house that I was running out of places to put them.  I finally poured out all of them around my apple tree and decided that I needed to control myself.  



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Well, I'm like y'all, I have rocks all over the house and around the house too, and I pick them up from everywhere, but I don't guess I have any that are really right for using in my kitchen.  I like rocks where I can see stripes.  Like a vein of white quartz through a piece of granite.  Neat, neat, neat.


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I like rocks where I can see stripes.  Like a vein of white quartz through a piece of granite....


speaking of stripes, have ya seen these? http://www.trendhunter.com/photos/21210

There is some question about whether the pictures are doctored, but IMHO, in nature anything is possible.



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Couldn't view the pics!


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Just made walnut milk and added it to the rice and almond mixture I had in the fridge.  The walnut milk itself was too bitter... like some (most) walnuts can be so adding it to the almond and rice milk with some sweetener did the trick.  

The benefit of this is that it's super healthy with the Omega 3's from the Walnuts, huh? !  
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Couldn't view the pics!


Hmmmm, I just clicked on the link and it worked fine for me. That happens to me once in a while here also.  What browser are you using?



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Ah, I can see them now.  Cool!


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