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Nut Milk – A New Technique!

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cheese-press-nut-milkI have shared a little bit about this before, when I was just starting to tinker with other methods of making nut milks.  You might remember how I used an old antique cheese press to squeeze out the milk.  So with those same thoughts still rolling around in my head I started to do a little research about cheese presses.  During my late night Google searches I found a  company that sells several different sized ones.  I took a gamble and ordered their smallest model, hoping it would be a nice and manageable size for the kitchen counter.

I love making nut milks for two reasons: for the milk of course but more so for the nut pulp which I love to use in my recipes.  So, when I do make nut milks, I make large quantities and my hands get so tired and cramped from all the squeezing of the nut milk bag.

My husband had a great idea using a book press that we have.  But it is so large and heavy!  Not to mention not everyone can easily get their hands on one. :)  So, I spied our antique cheese press that was on display above our kitchen cabinets.  It worked beautifully but had a few design flaws.  This new cheese press that I ordered works like a charm!!!  Not only does it make for pain-free hands, it really squeezes the pulp dry!  I took some pictures and I hope you can see the amazing results.  I have never been able to get so much nut milk out of the pulp before.

If you would like to order one of these handy dandy units, click here… this is an exact unit that I have in my kitchen.

Click here for nut milk recipes.

This technique can be used with any nut or seed milk.
Always start with soaked nuts.  Curious why?  Read here.

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Place the the nuts and water in the blender.

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Blend on high for 30 seconds.

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Now it is time to get ready to use the cheese press for squeezing out the milk.

There are two ways of handling this part.  I am showing you the first way here.
Make sure the machine is sitting higher than the bowl that will collect the “milk”.
I set my press on top of another bowl.

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I took the basket off of the press to show you up close what is happening.
You won’t have to do this when you are making your milk.

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Place a nut milk bag inside of the colander, drape over the sides and pour.

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Oh FIDDLE STICKS!  lol What do you see wrong with this photo?  Yep,
I was all caught up in taking detailed pictures for you that I didn’t plug
the spout.  Oy-Vey!  “Wet clean up Nouveau Raw Kitchen!”

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 Ok after cleaning up my mess, we are back to business.  So this is what it
looks like when a person normally makes milk with this unit.  As you
pour the nut milk into the mesh bag, it will automatically start to drain
out.  So make sure your bowl is in place to catch it.

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Pull the draw string on the bag to close it and loosely pile the bad inside of
the colander.

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Start cranking the handle cause the disc to lower, thus pressing the milk
from the bag.  This should be effortlessly.

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Don’t press too hard.  As soon as you feel a decent amount of resistance,
stop.  You can see that a little of the milk is sitting on the disc.  I stopped
there.  Tilt the unit towards the mil bowl so any extra milk can seep out.
Then twist the handle so the disc rises, remove the nut bag and wa-la!
Perfect nut milk and nut pulp to use in many recipes.

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Here is the second way of using the press.  You can adapt clear tubing to
the nozzle and drain the milk through that into another container.  You
can pick the tubing up at your local hardware store.

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And there you have it… refreshing nut milk with ease!

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61 thoughts on “Nut Milk – A New Technique!

  1. Cindy P says:

    Wow– that was creative and impressive! Thanks for sharing such a brilliant idea.

    • amie-sue says:

      You bet Cindy…always trying to find ways to make things easier for all of us in the kitchen. Besides be easier, it is actually a fun process now. hehe Have a wonderful day! amie sue

  2. Kim says:

    Hi Amie Sue, thanks for your awesome website, it’s sooo.. professional. I have a question about almond pulp – is there a way to produce the pulp without making the milk? Would soaking and grinding almonds get the same result do you think?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Kim,
      No, it would give you a different texture. For starters if you try to grind soaked almonds you will get more of a nut butter consistency. Been there, done that. You could soak them and dehydrate them, then grind them into a powder (flour). Almond pulp adds bulk but in a less dense way. I have a post all ready to be released this weekend that talks about nut pulp, flour and meal. It should prove to be helpful. I tried experimenting with ground almonds and almond pulp. I made raw croutons…the end result; both tastes good but the ones with almond pulp were my favorite, they were lighter and crunchier. I hope this helps, but keep an eye out for the post this weekend. Have a great evening, amie sue

  3. Leila says:

    I too make large quantities of almond milk and have been on a search for some other method of getting the last bit of milk from my almonds without tiring out my hands. I am so grateful that I found your site. Thanks for the link to the cheese press.

  4. Mary Jane Smith says:

    Amie Sue,
    Love your website, thanks for your dedication to Raw food. We have only made one choc cheese cake and it was outrageous. We are looking forward to making keylime pie but cannot find Irish Moss. When previously on your website, it looked asthough I could order it from you. Is that still a possibility?
    Sorry I am technilogically impaired and just cannot find the spot on your website.
    I am hoping to make it for Easter but if not we will make it once the we get our hands on the Irish Moss.
    Love,
    Mary Jane
    856 905 7790

    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Mary Jane :) It is wonderful to have you here. I hope my site brings you joy and help. Never hesitate to ask questions and don’t worry about being technologically impaired, I know that feeling. hehe Here is a link to the Irish moss.. http://astore.amazon.com/nouraw-20/detail/B002EUZEVY

      Also, you can make the Key-Lime pie without it, it just won’t be as firm. I tend to make single serving cups when I make these desserts for gatherings. They are adorable and easy for people to eat out of as they walk and mingle. When they scoop it out of a cup, you don’t have to worry about it holding up. Does that make sense. It tastes just as amazing!

      Have a wonderful evening, amie sue

  5. Shelly Willis says:

    Hi Amie Sue! Quick question. The way you have the milk packaged makes me think you are freezing it…is that so? Can you share details about it? Thanks!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Shelly,
      Yes, in this post I was making large amounts of milk and froze it. I don’t make it a habit but it works. I make the nut milk as directed and pour measured amounts into Zip-lock bags. I work all the air bubbles out, lay the bags flat on a cookie tray and freeze. Once frozen I can stack them laying down or sideways. Works great! What details would you like to know?

  6. Shelly Willis says:

    Besides the details you already shared (which were great!), does the milk separate at all when thawed? If so, can it be re-blended? Can you use in the same recipes as you would fresh nut milk? Thanks so much! I am really enjoying your blog. So much helpful information. :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Shelly, nut milk in general separates. when I make it fresh and store it in the fridge, I have to shake it to mix it…same effect after freezing it. And yes, I use nut milks in the place of dairy milk. I never was a huge milk drinker growing up so I don’t drink it much now. I mainly use nut milks for raw granola cereals, smoothies, and so forth. Have a great evening, amie sue

  7. Rachel says:

    I happened to stumble upon your website when aimlessly looking for some kind of contraption for my mom to make making almond milk easier. I now how the cheese press wrapped up for her as a Christmas gift. Thank you for sharing! I am wondering what size (diameter and length) tubing you purchased for the spout? Thank you for your help. I can’t wait to see my mom’s reaction to the gift.

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Rachel, that is awesome. TO be honest I can’t answer that question atm. My cheesepress is in Tucson and I am in Oregon right now so I can’t measure it. If you have the unit with you, measure the diameter across the spout and go to your local hardware store, they will help you out. Length wise, mine is about 12″ I think… you can always cut it shorter, just depends on the kitchen set up. I would love to hear how this works for her! Happy Holidays, amie sue

  8. Nut4ever says:

    What a great idea! Where to get the mesh bag? What size do you use?

  9. Naomi says:

    Amie Sue, Your almond meal in the mesh bag looks so white. Mine is speckled brown because of the peels. My almond meal cookies and crackers would probably be a lot better if I had no peels in the mix. I am wondering if that is a necessary step for raw baking success? What is your method for peeling and is it something you always do or just for certain recipes with the resulting meal?
    All the best,
    Naomi

    • Naomi says:

      You read my mind. I’ve been wanting a more hygienic way to press the milk out. Will be purchasing one of these. Is it the mini that handles 1 gallon?
      Thanks again.
      Naomi

      • amie-sue says:

        Hello Naomi,

        This technique works beautifully for those who make a lot of nut milks or have weak hands (which one can get after hand squeezing a lot of nut milk haha). I wish I could link to the exact one, but their site doesn’t allow it to that… I ordered the Micro Press Stainless Steel (Cheese, Fruit, Herbs) Screw with Basket (small) part # WE56. This size works perfectly for us. Let me know if you order one. amie sue :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Naomi….

      Sorry for getting to your questions so late in the day. I just now got the chance to sit down and start answering all the comments. :) I like to remove the almond skins as much as I can. The skins can be irritating for some people and for myself, I will try and do anything that I think might help my digestion! The second reason for removing the skins is for ascetic purposes. If you are creating a light colored recipe, removing the skins from the almonds will make a big difference. Plus, I love the white almond pulp… a thing of beauty to me. hehe

      For the peeling process…. I have a post for this…. (ya gotta check out my pictures on it, they look like aliens or something haha)

      http://nouveauraw.com/raw-techniques/skinned-almonds/

      I hope this answered your questions. Have a wonderful day! amie sue

    • Naomi says:

      Hi Amie Sue!
      Thank you so much for your replies. After writing my questions above I dug a bit deeper into your site and found the info you provide on peeling almonds. They are funny looking things:) This is a step I used to do when I first started making almond milk and found it was so time consuming . However with your hot water tip, and the fact that I now have all your wonderful recipes using almond meal, it will now be effort well spent.
      I am experiencing a huge learning curve right now thanks to your website. I had so many dissapointments in the past with raw food recipes. But I knew there had to be a way, and that I would need a lot of practice. Now it’s happening and my results are coming out really good, thanks to all the love you’ve put in. Can’t thank you enough.

      • amie-sue says:

        No problem Naomi :) I am so grateful that I am able to help you in your learning curve. That is what this site is about! I actually love popping the skins off of the almonds. Therapeutic maybe? haha Plus it’s always fun to chase that one that shot across the kitchen and bounced off the fridge and slide under the stove. :P Have fun! amie sue

  10. Rhonda says:

    I am ordering my press right now! I have been loving my fresh almond milk but I hate the milking process. It kind of grosses me out even though it’s my own hands. I find myself going back to the store bought kind between batches because I don’t want to deal with making it from scratch. This looks so much easier and sanitary. Thanks so much for posting your brilliant idea.

    • amie-sue says:

      Oh wonderful Rhonda. I hope you enjoy the ease of using the press as I have. You will have to keep me posted if you would. Have a blessed evening! amie sue

      • Rhonda says:

        So far so good…have made 2 batches. I have a couple questions for you though. The press doesn’t come with much info. How do you clean yours? I’m having a hard time cleaning the circle part that does the pressing on the nut milk bag. Does that piece come off? If so, I haven’t figured out how. Also, how much do you do at a time? If I fill the container I can’t seem to get all of the milk out of the pulp.
        Thanks for any info!!

        • amie-sue says:

          Oh gosh Rhonda… I totally missed answering your questions on this. Please accept my apologies. I didn’t mean to leave you hanging! So to address your questions: To wash it, I just hold it under hot water and with a soapy rag in the other hand, wash it. I do this right after making the milk so it doesn’t dry with nut pulp bits caked on. That disc can come off with a tool but I don’t it is necessary or expected for cleaning purposes. When I make nut milk I use 4 cups of water and 3 cups of almonds (I like mine more on the creamy side). I blend and then pour into the nut bag which is positioned in the cheese press basket. Make sure you have it set up first; tube in place and being feed into a bowl. I then make sure the whole bag is within the basket before pressing. I don’t want part of it hanging out, risking the bag to get damaged because once that happens it is ruined. I then start the pressing action by twisting the top handle. This works great for me. I hope this helps and I am sorry once again for not responding promptly. Have a great day, amie sue

  11. Anna says:

    Dear Aimee-Sue,

    You have the greatest raw food website ever! Thank you so much for following your heart. I just love your entire friendly, cheerful, helpful, easygoing, humble attitude!

    I would appreciate your feedback about 3 questions. I am on the Q & A portion of your website under “Nutmilk – A New Technique.” Questions:
    1) “Rhonda” asked you how you clean your little cheesepress, whether an inner part comes out — awaiting your answer.
    2) Also, ~how much milk do you filter thru this cheesepress at one time? (Ex. Would you pour a whole gallon of milk into the nutmilk bag before filtering?)
    3) Where did you say you got your nutmilk bag that you use with this cheesepress for milks? I see you answered, “This is the one that order… very well made and seem to last a long time so far.” Does this mean that we can order it from you, or that you ordered it elsewhere (if so please share).

    Thank you immensely for you time and attention.

    Sincerely,

    Anna Simon
    Mt Prospect, IL

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you Anna! I appreciate all your kind words. :)

      I just answered Rhonda’s questions the other day, somehow that comment was hanging out there unanswered. Ack! To recap your questions:

      Q ~ “Rhonda” asked you how you clean your little cheesepress, whether an inner part comes out — awaiting your answer.
      A ~ I answered that in the comment above.

      Q ~ How much milk do you filter thru this cheesepress at one time? (Ex. Would you pour a whole gallon of milk into the nutmilk bag before filtering?)
      A ~ When I make a batch of nut milk I do 4 cups of water and 3 cups of nuts. I like mine on the creamier side. I place the nut bag in the silver basket while it is on the press and pour it in. Make sure that you have the tube on and the bowl in place. I then lay the opening in the bag and start the press. You could pour the nut milk into the nut bag while it is in a large bowl and allow the bulk of the milk to go through the bag, then put it in the press and really press it. This is up to you.

      Q ~ Where did you say you got your nutmilk bag that you use with this cheesepress for milks? I see you answered, “This is the one that order… very well made and seem to last a long time so far.” Does this mean that we can order it from you, or that you ordered it elsewhere (if so please share).
      A ~ You can order them through my Amazon store. http://nouveauraw.com/equipment/nut-milk-supplies/nut-milk-bag-new-improved/ I LOVE these bags and I have tried many.

      I hope this all helps, please don’t hesitate to ask more questions if you have any. Have a blessed evening, amie sue

  12. Lorie says:

    I saw a You Tube demonstration for making almond milk that made it look so simple! The soaked almonds PLUS water (3 cups fresh filtered water/1 cup almonds) were put through the Omega VRT 330HD juicer and then the milk was simply poured through a regular stainless steel strainer into a glass pitcher. I was surprised that no mesh bag was used and how little pulp was caught. I guess the juicer had already separated out most of the pulp. Seemed too easy to be true ;)

    • amie-sue says:

      Oh wow… sounds good but scary. I would be afraid of sending nuts through my machine. haha I wonder if that voids the warranty. :) Thanks for sharing! amie sue

  13. Yuna says:

    Hi, Wonderful site! :)

    The cheese press photo is probably in black and white so it looks silver, I think. At the link, it also says that it’s a fruit press.

    It also seems like it’s a juice press but designed differently. Like one of those welles presses that they use with a champion juicer for the Gerson cancer therapy. But this cheese/fruit press seems easier to use.

    I’ve bought a k&k juice press and it was old and rusty and hard to use. I wished I had bought a more modern one like the welles press etc., afterwards.

    This the cheapest of the fruit, cheese and juice presses that I’ve found so definitely getting this first.

    Thank you for this excellent idea! :D

    • Torey says:

      Yuna, I just got this press shipped to me. I couldn’t use it last night because right after washing the basket, it began rusting (stainless steel what??), and the drain basket has very rough burrs around the drilled holes. I pulled off at least half a dozen tiny metal shards, and still have to sand down the burrs so they won’t catch and tear my nut milk bag. If they all ship this way, people are risking getting metal in their milk/cheese/whey!

      amie-sue, did you notice *anything* like this when you got your press back then? I’m trying to figure out if I got unlucky with a bad batch or machine run, if their quality has declined since you got yours, or if they’re all like this but people just don’t mention it. I know of 2 other people online who’ve also discovered this press as a way to do nut milk.

      Thanks for the idea, anyway. I really want to get this going to get some extra nut milk and not force my wife to wait till I’m available to hand squeeze! I would have done one of those DIY $20 ones, but can’t find quality food-grade metal cups to use as drain baskets. I refuse to use a cheapo plastic one.

      • amie-sue says:

        Hmm, I sorry that you got a bad unit Torey. It sounds like you just got a bad one. I hope that you are contacting the manufacture for a credit or replacement. Mine arrived in perfect shape. amie sue

        • Torey says:

          Actually I’ve been in contact with The Beverage People and they are willing to find their best one if I decide I want a replacement. They said that over the years the quality has gotten worse, and since they buy from an American distributor of the Italian-made presses, they have no way of contacting the manufacturer or getting individual replacement parts. Their warranties are at their own cost. They are going to remove the press from their site, and will most likely stop selling them altogether. Yuna, if you know a handy guy, I’d recommend you get one like you planned to, but just also plan to have to file down the burrs on the holes.
          A coworker gave me a nice metal file set and some wet/dry 600 grit sandpaper. He says it’ll rough the thing up, then polish it to a glassy shine. So that’s my weekend project, and then…almond milk :D

          • amie-sue says:

            Quite the dedication in order to make nut milk. Sorry that it turned into such a job for you! hugs

          • Yuna says:

            Hi Torey :)

            You’re right, the top of the apple press seems to have rusted a little. I didn’t find any rough edges around the holes, though. Thanks for your help!

            However, my problem is that the press didn’t squeeze all of the nut milk out of the pulp. There was still a lot of wet pulp left.

            It could be that I used a cloth nut milk bag. The top of the bag was stopping the bag from flattening, I think. I’m going to buy a mesh one and try again.

            Also, should I wait for a long time for it to drain completely like when making cheese? Should I have more patience while squeezing the nut milk?

            Anyway, thanks Amie Sue. I’ve wanted a way to squeeze nut milk in a more sanitary way for a while. I bought gloves to squeeze the nut milk without touching it and thought of several other ideas. Glad to be testing this way. :)

            • amie-sue says:

              Hi Yuna,

              I haven’t ever used a cloth bag when doing nut milk so it might be too bulky due to the fabric. Perhaps that is what is stopping all the milk from draining out. Be sure to test it with a nut bag and see if you notice a difference. I didn’t see the need to let it sit to drain like the technique of making cheese. Let me know how it goes with a nut bag.

              Have a great evening, amie sue

  14. Gwen Miller says:

    Hi Amie Sue,

    I searched for this product, but could not find it. Then I saw Torey’s comment above. After more searching, I found an Alum / Stainless Fruit Press – Basket 8 inch x 7 inch – Item #5509 – at this web address: http://www.homebrewit.com/wine-making-presses.php If you would, please look at this with me and let me know if it is similar to what you have and if the price is reasonable.

    Thank you so very much for your input.

  15. Ebony says:

    Hello, I love your website. I am new to this type of cooking, but i am LOVING it. I just wanted to tell you to keep up the good work and please continue to create and share your wonderful recipes and techniques. Also I found on amazon the exact fruit press you have pictured above for only $70. here is the link – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001D5F0SI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A34CJOU4NJIHYU

    Thanks,

    Ebony

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you Ebony… I appreciate that you took the time to leave me such a wonderful message today. Always good to hear from those who browse through my site. :) Thank you for the link as well! Every bit helps.

      Have a wonderful day, amie sue

  16. Jet says:

    Hey again Amie Sue,

    Thanks for the update on the Eggplant Press. I went to look for the “cheese press” and couldn’t find it. I like making milks but I HATE the squeezing and pressing the milk through nutbags with my hands or with a mash potato press. The “cheese press” was gonna be my income tax present to myself in a couple of months. I was almost unhappy until I, of course, can back to your blog and saw the “note”.

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Jet, I posted the link to a new one so you could always try that one. I love tools that make things easier in the kitchen :) Have a wonderful evening, amie sue

  17. David says:

    Do you tighten the press as hard as you can? I just bought mine and rec’d it on Saturday. The first time I used it (I have the same exact press pictured here) it put two holes in the nut milk bag.

    I used it to make apple juice; I blended the apples in the Blendtec, transferred all the pulp to the bag (in the press) and tightened it down. All seemed to go well until I released everything and tried to remove the bag and discovered that it had become attached to the bottom of the threaded piece where it extends through the pressing plate and is held on by a snap-ring.

    The snap-ring caught ahold of the bag, twisted it all up and ripped a hole in two layers of the bag.

    My solution to this was to cut the metal bottom out of a left-over Lavazza espresso can with a can-opener and the next time I pressed some juice, I placed the can bottom on top of the nut milk bag but underneath the pressing plate to isolate that spinning rod/snap-ring from the bag.

    It seemed to work well, but I’m wondering if you ran into the same issue.

    Thanks!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello David,

      I haven’t ever experienced this but it sounds like you found a way to work around it. When I tighten down, I just do it to hand strength but then you might be much stronger than I am. :) I am sorry that in the process you had some holes form in your nut bags. I haven’t tried using the press for juicing, good idea though. I hope your fix works well for you in the future. amie sue

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Amie Sue,
    Love your website and recipes!!

    I have been researching a press for herbs and came across the same brand as you had found for nut milks. The one I found on Amazon does say it is a combo of steel/aluminum but if you read through questions, it sounds like the aluminum ‘might’ not touch any food/liquids. I’m curious if this is what you found to be the case?

    http://www.amazon.com/parts-touch-made-aluminum-Where/forum/Fx1MMQHI7B5L0IW/Tx3DJQA8HLUS3AT/1/ref=cm_cd_dp_aar_al_a?_encoding=UTF8&asin=B001D5F0SI

    Thanks!
    Karen

  19. Joseph says:

    Do you recommend roasted or raw almonds like the ones you use in your recipes?

    and where do you get your almonds from thanks

    • amie-sue says:

      I don’t use roasted nuts in my raw recipes Joseph. I love Earth Circle Organics for my almonds. amie sue

  20. Andrew says:

    Are you a fan of juicers? I have heard that the green star and other juicers can make some nut milks but I’m not sure if they can squeeze the pulp as dry as this guy you’re using right now!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Andrew… I have made nut milk in my omega juicer and it worked pretty darn good. Not sure if all juicers would be up the task though… need a powerful one. Have a great weekend, amie sue

  21. Mat says:

    Hello, this is a great post! Do you have any links to larger presses? Or do you have any recommendations for a commercial almond press? Thanks so much for your time!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Mat,

      I am sorry but I don’t have any recommendation for a commercial almond press. The unit I use was purchased through Amazon, which they don’t list any more. You can find them through out the Internet though. They come in various sizes. They unit is meant for either a fruit or cheese press, so Google that. Have a great evening, amie sue

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