When I agreed to write a guest post for October Unprocessed, I knew I’d have fun. I’ve loved the project the whole way through! What I didn’t expect though was how much I’d enjoy the dialogue that would come about via the comment section. As of now, there are 37 comments on the post and with so many fantastic tidbits of information in them from some pretty savvy, whole foods-eatin’ readers, I just had to share! They’ve taught me so much! I had no idea I could love my almond milk making even more!
Did you know there are nut milk bags (Nut milk Bag 1 Quart) that you can use for straining? Me neither! We can strain the second mason jar of milk through one of those and make it even smoother! I wonder if the jelly bag I have will work…I think so!
- Almond “cheese” - Sounds like a hummus-type concoction to me – delicious on sandwiches or with veggies for dipping!
- Almond paste cookies – Add some lemon juice, unsweetened coconut and agave into the pulp, form it into cookies and dehydrate for a nice healthy treat with a cup of tea. (Thanks, Deborawh!)
- Dehydrated almond paste – In her comment, Sarah said that leftover almond paste dries quickly in a dehydrator. Just spread on parchment paper and dry at 110 to 135 until dry. Store covered in the refrigerator and add up to 1/4 of almond meal for flour in most recipes.
- Toasted almond paste – Linda taught me that another good way to use the solids that are left is to spread them out on a cookie sheet and toast them. She said she’s taken the toasted grains of almonds, added a bit of almond oil and an even smaller bit of almond flavoring and mixed thoroughly with her hands. This, along with some sugar and egg, makes a great base for fruit tarts and gallettes. She said she’s planning to use it for her almond carrot cake and macaroons. Love the sound of that!
Don’t like your almond milk plain? You can jazz it up with lots of different additions. These were some of the suggestions:
- Add a splash of vanilla
- A spoonful of honey or two
- Blend in 2-3 dates
- Add agave for sweetness