Store-bought nut milks such as rice, soy or almond milk aren’t raw which means they have undergone processes such as pasteurization, standardization or heat processing. As you might not know, these procedures lower the nutritional values of the particular milk and with every heating or other processing part of the vitamins and minerals is irrevocably lost.
Fortunately, making your own homemade nuts or seed milk is quite easy and do not require industrial equipment or cooking skills. With the correct kitchen appliance, you can have your healthy and nutritious homemade milk in just few minutes. Best nuts or seeds you could use for your healthy made-at-home milk are raw almonds, chia seeds, sesame, coconut, sunflower seeds, pistachios or cashews.
There are few simple steps which apply to all nut and seed milk making, so once you know what you are doing, you can experiment and try mixing the nuts and seeds or add favourite flavourings.
Here are the steps you must follow to make nutritious and healthy milk from the comfort of your own kitchen:
1. Soak your choice of nuts or seeds overnight or at least for 8 hours. This will not only enlarge the nuts but will also reduce the phytic acid and neutralize the enzyme inhibitors.
2. Drain them and wash with clean water.
3. Put the nuts in a powerful blender or chopper with enough water to cover the seeds and add double the amount fo water you already did.
4.Blend until nuts are finely blended, and the water have this white milky colour.
5. Strain with cheesecloth or other similar-fabric towel and store in the fridge for not longer than 2-3 days.
If you want to add sweet flavour to your nutty milk add couple of dates, 2-3tbs raisins, spoonful of honey, agave, stevia or some dried fruit.
Below we will give you some useful info for the most-common homemade milks:
There are two ways to prepare almond milk one is by removing the skin of your almonds or using skinned almonds to begin with and strain it with a tea strainer, other is to use unpeeled almonds and strain the milk with cheesecloth. Fresh homemade almond milk taste absolutely amazing, and it is one of the tastiest. With the leftovers, if there are any, you can always prepare custard or other delicious dessert.
You don’t need to soak the coconut, it is ready for blending right away. You can use the coconut water from your coconut as a part of the water you will add to make your milk. Be careful not to put too much coconut as your milk will become too thick and hard to strain. However, if you like it thicker, it would taste and have the structure of an awesome healthy coconut milk shake.
Chia seed milk:
You can soak the seeds for just about and hour, and it would be perfectly enough. You don’t need to use a cheesecloth a simple strainer will be enough.
These was our simple guide to making your own healthy and refreshing nut and seed milk. Make sure you try it and experiment with flavours in any way you like. Don’t forget to share your experience with us.
** A beauty trick from Chicago Internal Cleansing:
Make the perfect nature-given scrub for your body using the leftovers of your blended nuts and seeds. The numerous minerals and vitamins in your seeds will make your skin brighter, softer and perfectly exfoliated. Make sure not to rub it too hard as nut and seeds particles are harder and could irritate your skin.