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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 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.
Place the the nuts and water in the blender.
Blend on high for 30 seconds.
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.
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.
Place a nut milk bag inside of the colander, drape over the sides and pour.
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!”
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.
Pull the draw string on the bag to close it and loosely pile the bad inside of
Start cranking the handle cause the disc to lower, thus pressing the milk
from the bag. This should be effortlessly.
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.
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.
And there you have it… refreshing nut milk with ease!