Get ready to throw away your nut-milk bags and messy cheesecloths for good. We’re obsessed with this smart way to make nut milk without any of the hassles of blending and straining it yourself.
The Almond Cow makes it easy to have homemade nut milk within a minute, nixing the fuss of prep and cleanup. You don’t have to stick with almond milk, either —oat milk, coconut milk, and hemp milk are just as easy to throw together. Plus, you take control of the ingredients. Make a cashew-coconut milk blend, use fewer dates for a low-sugar milk, or add a little extra vanilla for your bowl of oats.
Over time, you’ll save lots of money with this sustainable machine. While a store-bought carton of almond milk costs close to $4, you can make own jug for about 55 cents each. Most importantly, you skip all those icky preservatives and fillers that hide in the commercial stuff.
To use, put the dry ingredients (like nuts and seeds) into the filter basket, and liquids (like water and vanilla extract) into the base. Attach the filter basket to the top, press the button, and in less than a minute your milk is ready! Pour into an air-tight container and enjoy! To clean the Almond Cow, rinse the stainless steel parts in warm water right after use.
When rinsing the lid of the machine, be sure to avoid the electrical parts and only wash the stainless steel section. The filter basket is also dishwasher-friendly.
Note: While you can compost the resulting pulp, it is also edible and highly nutritious. Consider adding it to a smoothie or pancake batter, dry it out in the oven to make gluten-free flour, or bake it in the oven to make granola.
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Commercial dairy cows are often given growth hormone injections, which makes its way into the food supply. Even non-treated cows give off estrogen, and researchers have speculated that whole milk consumption might even contribute to breast cancer.
Unfortunately, a store-bought carton of almond milk comes with its own set of risks. First, you cannot be certain about the ingredients. Business Insider reported that analysis of a popular brand of almond milk found that nuts made up only 2% of the drink. That means that the nutritional value of almond milk might be significantly lower than you’d expect.
Almond and other commercial nut milks also contain preservatives and fillers to keep them shelf-stable and to enhance their flavor. One particularly worrisome ingredient in most vegan milks is carrageenan, a seaweed-based product that acts as a thickener. Recent animal studies found that carrageenan contributes to inflammation, can cause ulcers, and disrupts the intestinal lining.
While the answer to these problems is to make your own almond milk at home, the process can be a bit of a hassle. The Almond Cow makes it easy to control the ingredients that go into your non-dairy milk, but without the need for a blender or the inconvenience of messily running the liquid through a cheesecloth. Easy peasy.