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Published November 17th 2012
Nourishing milk made in your own kitchen
I just want to hug them!
I had been ordering raw cow's milk for quite a while but was recently told about the benefits of almond milk. While we had cut down our milk consumption considerably; seeing the Nation Earth documentary 'Earthlings' bought my consciousness to a different level. An organisation called 'Animals Australia Unleashed' has provided Earthlings to watch freely available online.
There are many recipes online but I'd like to share my day with you as I was proud of the outcome.
I had been buying organic almond milk at the store and it was quite expensive. I found it was really tasty in coffee, which I didn't expect as I'm not so fond of soy, so I was using more each day with cereal, coffee, smoothies and cooking.
I found a 750g bag of 'pesticide free almond kernels' for a great price, surprisingly from the local chemist in Mornington that stocks health foods.
Next I soaked a cup of almonds overnight. I drained off the water and used it to water the plants with as the water contains nutrients. Even if I eat almonds raw, they are much better if soaked, as they are not acidic if you do. They have the crunchiness of carrots when soaked and are nice eaten like this when cold, on a hot summer's day.
I then mistakenly put them in my food processor, along with 3 organic dates and 2 cups of water. It should have been processed in a blender with 3 cups of water, and please make sure you take the seeds out of the dates. I was distracted by a hungry child at the time and the date seed stuck on the end of the blade and now I'm minus a food processor. It was a very old one but I'm a sentimental electrical device owner, preferring to repair the older, better quality items.
So...it all went in the blender then. My cup of almonds soaked overnight, 3 dates, a spoonful of organic honey and a few drops of vanilla essence (a vanilla pod would give a much richer flavour). All this was blended within an inch of its organic life.
Most recipes suggest straining or draining liquid through cloth but I didn't have any. If you do strain, the solids can be lightly toasted in the oven and used as an almond meal for cereals and cooking.
My milk was highly blended and I liked it that way as the consistency was similar to a yoghurt drink. To my surprise, it wasn't that bad in my brewed coffees and I have been experimenting ever since. I have found almond milk to be suitable for everything I previously used cow's milk for so far and it is very nourishing. It is also working out to be good value. My $13 bag of almonds will make around 12 litres of milk. Please let me know in the comments section how you get your best price for quality almonds and any recipe ideas.
Earthlings is not easy viewing. If you want to find out more about why almond milk is preferable to cow's milk from the cow's point of view, then please consider watching this documentary or joining wonderful animal rehabilitation and education groups such as the Brightside Farm Sanctuary.