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I 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 was one that we found at a local antique store. It was in rough shape so we sandblasted it and had it powder coated a beautiful cream and red color. (red being my favorite color)
It worked beautifully but had a few design flaws. As you can see in the first photo to the right here, it doesn’t have what I refer to as a “nibble spout” for anything to hook up to. It just has a drain spout. It works but you run the risk of milk spilling out so you have to make sure there is a tray underneath.
So, this is when I decided to look at new cheese presses on line. Sometimes, they are referred to as fruit presses as well. The whole design is still the same as my antique press except the new ones have the “nipple spout.” For the sake of discovery and research of my new idea, I ordered one. Once it arrived we took it down to the hardware store and matched up the rise size plastic tube to attach to the nipple spout. I thought that this would work perfectly in directing the milk where to go once the press was engaged.
And I was right, 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. There are many different styles for the types of presses and they all range in different prices. So don’t feel locked into the one that I recommend. I choose it because the cost was relatively good and the unit worked perfect for me.
Make the dairy-free alternative milk:
Setting up the press:
Starting the process:
And there you have it… refreshing nut milk with ease!