Almond Milk

I get my dairy milk delivered to my door in glass bottles with foil caps. I order through Milk & More, but you can also find your local farm milk deliver at find me a milkman.net.

I paid for it, and know its coming, but some reason having food delivered to my door is always exciting and every time I holla:

"THE MILK IS HERE"

It's become a bi-weekly phrase in our house which never seems to get old. I love the process of the delivery, paying the farmers a fairer wage, drinking better milk and washing out the bottles to be returned and reused. 

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However, there is some sad news... (or you'll think its an amazing convinience if you're a vegan). 

My boyfriend is dairy free. The poor soul.

So no cheese or yoghurt and none of that lovely milk off the float for him. 

 Couples milk! The bottles weirdly represent our heights and shapes...

Couples milk! The bottles weirdly represent our heights and shapes...

In Birmingham, plant or nut milk is hard to come by in recyclable packaging. Those that are in glass bottles are in shops that we don't often go to, as they're not on our route to work. So the cheapest option is tetra pack nut milks...  which are not recyclable here. If we get this packaging, I wash them out, flatten them, and store them to give to my parents, who live in another city and can recycle them (they don't know I've been keeping a hold of these for them, so if you're reading this. surprise!)

We also can't get plant milks delivered to our house, like Anna could in her London flat, using the Mylk Man.

However, there is another solution! 

Making nut milks is an easy process. It has some soaking time involved, but the actual time where you have to put effort into the making process is very minimal. Like, I'm talking minutes, the same kind of time it takes to get the milk from a shop.

And the best part? If you get the nuts from a bulk shop, and already have a flip-cap bottle it produces no waste!

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But how?! Well, because we've thought long and hard (ok, it was neither long, nor hard) and come up with ways to use up that left over nut pulp you will get at the end. You can use this in cakes, bakes, add it to porridge or you can add it to granola like we did.

Note about the cheese cloth: I purchased this muslin cloth in days gone by. It was actually meant to be a face cloth, so is made up of 2 squares of muslin, with a sewn edge running the whole way around. I snipped the seam on one corner, meaning that I can open up the cloth now, and pour liquids into the centre of the cloth, to strain things.

You can totally make your own, or you could just use a single piece of muslin. If you want minimal faff, just use a fine sieve.

Equipment

  • Flip-cap bottle
  • A funnel
  • A blender
  • A jug
  • Cheesecloth aka a piece of muslin – you can just use a sieve if you'd prefer
  • Bowl

This can be stored in the fridge for 3-5 days and it freezes really well... just leave space at the top of the bottle so the liquid can expand. Just letting you know as I learnt this the hard way.

Zero Waste Almond Milk


Author: A Zero Waste Life
Soaking time: 8 hours minimum
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
Yield: 1 litre
Dietary information: Vegan
Category: Drinks

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of almonds (or cashews, peanuts, even oats work well)
  • 1L of water

Yep, that's it.

Instructions

  1. Cover the almonds in a generous amount of fresh water. Soak the nuts in a bowl for 8 hours, or overnight.
  2. Drain off the water, add the nuts to the blender.
  3. Blend! For about a minute. Use the pulse function if you have one.
  4. Pour the milk into the cheesecloth.
  5. Suspend the cheesecloth from a height to let gravity work its magic. A cupboard handle works well.
  6. Leave it to do its stuff (maybe 30 minutes or so).
  7. Get all the stress of your day out by squeezing the remaining milk from the cloth.
  8. Reserve the nut meal. Either keep it in the fridge or freezer. or put it on the compost heap if you'll never use it.
  9. Using the jug or funnel, pour the almond milk into the flip cap bottle.
  10. Enjoy! 

Did you make this recipe?

Please let me know how it turned out for you! Leave a comment below and share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #azerowastelife