hazelnuts

Nut Milk

Sometimes I like to drink nut milk rather than dairy milk. It makes a nice change and gives my body a break if I’ve been over indulging in  cheese etc. Cows milk alternatives can be expensive, making your own is cheaper and you end up with two products- the milk and the meal. The “recipe” is the same regardless of the nuts you use. Hazelnut milk is particularly nice in coffee. You can also use rice, oats, or some seeds instead of nuts.

You will need:

1 cup of raw nuts
4 cups of water + water to soak
Blender
Sieve/muslin/nutmilk bag
Bowl or jug
1 litre bottle

Method:

Place one cup of nuts into a bowl and cover with water. Leave to soak overnight.

The next day drain and rinse the nuts and place in the blender with 4 cups of water.

Blend. I use the ‘liquid’ setting on my blender.

When you can see the nuts have been broken down and your water is ‘milky’ stop blending.

Strain the liquid to remove the nut pulp. I use a metal sieve lined with muslin. You can purchase proper nutmilk bags from health food shops or on the internet but basically anything fine will do the job. I use a sieve and muslin because that’s what I have lying around the house. I’ve even heard of people using (clean) pantyhose! Whatever works for you.

Squeeze to get all the milk.

Poor into a sterile 1L bottle.

And ta dah! You have one litre of nutmilk and the leftover nut meal (if you don’t use the meal immediately you can dehydrate it in the oven on low heat).The milk will keep for 3 to 4 days but it usually doesn’t last that long around here!

Enjoy!