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Is making homemade almond milk at home cost effective at all?


I have wondered about this myself. I think today will be the day to find out. I have almonds ready to bite the dust.    Either way, for me, it's worth it. No junk almond milk is worth paying a bit more for, if in fact it comes to be so. IMHO  



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I have wondered about this myself. I think today will be the day to find out. I have almonds ready to bite the dust.    Either way, for me, it's worth it. No junk almond milk is worth paying a bit more for, if in fact it comes to be so. IMHO  


Let me know how it turns out! How many almonds needed per cup of milk and such
I've never made this kind of stuff before. I'm always willing to experiment so long as it doesn't cost too much (very limited budget like most people). Just tried my hand at homemade granola (turned out VERY yummy) and only have store bought almond milk to go w/ it.
What are some recipes people like? And can I use a mini food processor? How long is the milk good for? Thanks!


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This doesn't have terribly much to do with making your own almond milk, but I thought this was really interesting.  Apparently, in the Middle Ages people used to use almond milk in place of real milk because without refrigeration, any dairy they had would spoil unless it was made into butter or cheese.  Almond milk also satisfied the requirements of fast days for Catholics, which most people were.  I had always thought that almond milk was some kind of new health food fad!  I never realized it was hundreds of years old!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almond_milk
http://www.medievalcookery.com/recipes/almondmilk.html
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This doesn't have terribly much to do with making your own almond milk, but I thought this was really interesting.  Apparently, in the Middle Ages people used to use almond milk in place of real milk because without refrigeration, any dairy they had would spoil unless it was made into butter or cheese.  Almond milk also satisfied the requirements of fast days for Catholics, which most people were.  I had always thought that almond milk was some kind of new health food fad!  I never realized it was hundreds of years old!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almond_milk
http://www.medievalcookery.com/recipes/almondmilk.html



Oh wow!!! I'm not surprised, really, 'cause it always seems people back then were just much healthier eating wise It's like we forgot how and have to relearn it all.


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Okay, I did it AC's way    Better, but still need to strain it, tho I do have to say, there is alot less grit this way. I tried Victoria's suggestion and strained it thru a big strainer.........nothing left. So back to the coffee filter. It's straining now. I used 1 C almonds and added water after I blended the almonds into as much of a paste as I could. Will post how much milk I end up with. Not sure on how many cups of water I used, just kept pouring it in until I was done
Got kinda sidetrackd w/ this cause an elderly gentleman I met at Radio Shack the other day called. He was having computer issues, trying to get RS to get it resolved, seemed to me like he was getting nowhere fast. I gave him my name and # and told him he could call me. RS ripped this guy off to the tune of $800 for a piece of junk computer. I'm trying to help him get his money back and find him a decent one for a decent price. I'm REALLY ticked at RS. For Pete's sake, this guy is on SS! Do they have no conscience!!  



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For Pete's sake, this guy is on SS! Do they have no conscience!!  


Do you really need to ask? Many many people in sales only care about the sale not the person. It totally sucks for sure. It's pretty cool of you to help him out, though!


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Do you really need to ask? Many many people in sales only care about the sale not the person.


I know  , it just infuriates me tho. ya know, I just today got back a laptop I had loaned out. I think I'm just going to loan it to him. He uses the computer partly for ministry. In our conv, he asked what drew me to him. Well, we all know the answer to that. I had 3 stops to make that day. I made that one first. Had I made it last, he'd have been gone. What more can ya say, huh?
  Now, on the almond milk. I got 3-1/4 C milk and prob about a half cup meal. There are several recipes for dif thing using the meal here:http://www.dadamo.com/typebase.....=&mytemplate=tp1
Please don't forget to date your milk once you make it. It only lasts 4 or 5 days tops.
Let us know how it turns out for ya.



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I love how timing on that stuff works out

It's going to be a few weeks 'til I can get stuff to try it but I will post how it went! Thanks for letting me know how long it's good for, too. I will probably make smaller batches, then 'cause I've never drank alot of "milk"


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I will probably make smaller batches, then 'cause I've never drank alot of "milk"


yeah, 3-1/4 C is plenty for me. I only use it in my Bancha tea and for making anything that calls for milk. If ya haven't tried the Bancha, do. You'll love it. It's roasted green tea. (it's a diamond if you turn out to be a Warrior) I add a little agave and some 'milk'. Yummy.  Funkymuse introduced me to it. Keeps me from drinking the coffee.  



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yeah, 3-1/4 C is plenty for me. I only use it in my Bancha tea and for making anything that calls for milk. If ya haven't tried the Bancha, do. You'll love it. It's roasted green tea. (it's a diamond if you turn out to be a Warrior) I add a little agave and some 'milk'. Yummy.  Funkymuse introduced me to it. Keeps me from drinking the coffee.  


ok, I've seen a lot of green tea and I drink it, what is roasted green tea and where do you get it?


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I use a BIG strainer (mine is 6-1/4" in diameter) and put the coffee filter in that. I prop the strainer up on 3 glasses. No standing around for me.  


I'll have to try it. I have #4 cone shaped that I wanted to used up. messy. I'm trying to get a picture of propping the strainer on 3 glasses..
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I'm trying to get a picture of propping the strainer on 3 glasses..


my strainer has 2 prongs on the front and then of course the handle. I put 2 same height glasses under the 2 prongs and hopefully a near same size glass under the handle. Then I put the bowl directly beneath the strainer itself. Look maw, no hands.  



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Ok so look now... does anyone know the answer to my question about freezing this stuff so I could make it in a large batch and not have to deal with it everyday?  

We use so much of it and I do think it's expensive to make because of the cost of almonds but so worth it!  And we cut the cost by adding half rice milk.  
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go ahead and freeze, but always give it a quick processing, after thawing......I d freeze 1 glass at a time, to use up fast after thawing.


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go ahead and freeze, but always give it a quick processing, after thawing......I d freeze 1 glass at a time, to use up fast after thawing.


That sounds great.  Thank you.  

Will write more later... we just got back from a grueling 6 hour drive and a 3 day stay in a town we don't like.  

trying to get dinner together.  argg... where's my on staff cook?  in my dreams!  sigh.
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this way. I tried Victoria's suggestion and strained it thru a big strainer.........nothing left. So back to the coffee filter.


Did you try using the same strainer that holds your coffee filter?



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I use a coffee strainer without the filter, but still have to put the almond meat through cheesecloth and squeeze to get the last of the milk which is quite a bit.
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Bulk Natural Almonds at BulkFoods.com are darn reasonable.

Free shipping for orders over  $75.
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my strainer has 2 prongs on the front and then of course the handle. I put 2 same height glasses under the 2 prongs and hopefully a near same size glass under the handle. Then I put the bowl directly beneath the strainer itself. Look maw, no hands.  


Oooooh. I see. Thanks I'll try that.  
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$75 worth of almonds....   Shew-wee!


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Did you try using the same strainer that holds your coffee filter?


they are the same strainer.



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$75 worth of almonds....   Shew-wee!


BUT, it works out to around $5.00 per lb.  Much better than the $12 I pay and some stores charge $14!
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Anybody ever made Walnut milk?
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Didn't see anything in regards to walnut milk there ?

I was really wondering how it tasted...
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