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How to use a nut milk bag + 5 alternative uses

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30th May 2019 Recipes

How to use a nut milk bag + 5 alternative uses

Ever wanted to explore making your own nut milk? Maybe you’re sick and tired of the prepackaged brands and ou’d like your nut milk, homemade, and fresh. Well, you’re in luck!

In this article, we’ll show you how ridiculously easy it is to use a nut milk bag to make some delicious, natural almond, peanut or coconut milk. As an added bonus, we’ll give you 5 other ways you can use your nut milk bag. Let’s begin!

1. Soak your nuts

No, certainly not thosenuts. We jest. You need to soak the nuts for some time, especially if they have brown skin - like brazil nuts, pecans, walnuts, or almonds. Soaking gets rid of enzyme inhibitors which make digesting the nuts a bit troublesome for us.

2. Rinse the nuts after soaking

Do this, until the water runs clear.

3. Put your nuts in the blender

You know what, we’re just going to assume we’re using pecans, so we’re all clear here. Put the pecans in a high-powered blender, and then add two cups of water for every cup of pecans.

4. Blend

Start low, end high. You know it’s time to stop blending when the rattling sound stops. Be careful not to blend for too long, or it will be tough going straining the milk, because the fibers will be small enough to clog the openings of your milk bag.

5. Get a bowl, and your nut milk bag

Open up the nut milk bag, and set it up inside the bowl, with the top of the bag lining the outside. Preferably, you should be using an organic nut milk bag like this one for instance. 

6. Pour the blended pecan milk into the milk bag in the bowl

7. Now it’s time to strain the milk

Pick up the bag from the top, and then pull on the drawstring to cinch it shut. Next, squeeze the milk out the bag and into the bowl. You don’t have to squeeze hard to get the milk out, but if you find that you do, then you probably blended it a little too long and smooth. Try to avoid that next time.

8. Squeeze the last of it, until it’s just the fiber left. 

9. You can save the fiber in a Ziploc bag, and store in the freezer

You can use it for some amazing raw-food recipes, and also in cakes and cookies, when you’re ready.

10. Be sure to consume your milk within 3 - 5 days

Store it in the refrigerator.

That’s all there is to using a nut milk bag! Easy peasy.

So what are some other ways you can use a nut milk bag, besides the obvious?

1. Juicing

Before you go buying another high-powered, costly piece of kitchen equipment just so you can enjoy juicing, consider using your nut milk bag! Just blend your fruits and/or vegetables, put it in the nut milk bag and strain, and that’s it! You can also use the pulp leftover after straining. Just search for recipes it could work with.

2. Making coffee

No coffee-maker? No problem! Just toss your coffee grounds in your nut milk jar, pour some boiling hot water into it, and then let it strain. Voila! Coffee!

3. Tea

Why not? You can just toss some tea leaves into the nut milk bag, pour some boiling hot water over it, and then let it strain. Tea’s ready!

4. Cheese

You can use your nut milk bag as a makeshift cheesecloth! Works exactly the same way. No need to go buying stuff when you can use what you have and make it work. An added bonus is how easy it is to clean when done.

5. Herb sachet

Give your broths, and stews a kick of flavor, by using your nut milk bag as a herb sachet! Oregano, thyme, parsley, doesn’t matter. Chuck it in the bag, draw it up by the string, and toss it in the pot! When you’re done, you can fish it out real easy, because, drawstrings!

So there you have it! We bet you can’t wait to try some of these ideas out. Have fun!

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