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Is Making Cashew Milk from Scratch Worth the Effort?

A Step-by-Step Guide to Homemade Nut Milk

Let me start by saying that making homemade nut milk might be one of the easiest things to make in the kitchen. When everyone in your house is vegetarian/vegan, this becomes a staple in your fridge. Whether you're using it in soups, pasta sauces, baked goods, or in cereal, this is an easy recipe you can use in your home that will keep your family happy!

Disclaimer: This is not my first time making nut milk and I did not follow a recipe for this. I estimated all measurements.

What you'll need:

  • High-powered blender

  • Cheesecloth or strainer

  • Measuring cups

  • Large bowl or measuring bowl

  • 1 cup of cashews (pre-soaked for 24-36 hours and rinsed)

  • Water

  • Maple syrup

  • Vanilla

  • Sea salt


First, set your blender out and pour your pre-soaked cashews into the blender. Next, add your water. If I had to make a guess, I'd say maybe 2-3 cups. Like I said in the disclaimer, I didn't measure a thing! You will know when you've added enough. Maybe. Now is the time you'll add approximately 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup, agave, or honey. If you're using this milk in a savory dish, I'd recommend not adding too much as to not make it too sweet. Once you've added your sweetener, add a dash of vanilla. When you watch the video, you'll see that I just poured a little bit. After that, add a dash of sea salt to cut the slightly sweetener.

Once you've added all the ingredients, get to blending! Once you've blended it to your desired consistency, it's time to strain! In the past, I used a stainless steel mesh strainer which wasn't too efficient. So this time, I came prepared with my cheesecloth. I think it's appropriate to add another disclaimer which is I've never used a cheesecloth ever in my life. I had no clue what to expect nor did I know what I was doing. But that didn't stop me!

Grab your straining device or cheesecloth and lay it over top of your large measuring cup or large bowl. If you're using a cheesecloth, keep this next tip in mind! Ensure that when you pour, the sides of the cheesecloth are evenly distributed across your bowl or cup. I learned this the hard way :) You'll begin squeezing the cheesecloth to dispel all of the liquid. Once you've done this, you'll notice that there is, in the words of Kaye, "oobleck" textured substance. This can actually be turned into cheese I learned. Duh, it's a cheesecloth. Set this to the side and continue separating your liquid.

Once you're finished, pour your milk into your storage container. I've opted for glass milk jugs which you can get from Amazon.

And you're done! This is a super easy process that produces delicious homemade nut milk which I'm sure your family will love.

Watch the video below

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