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How to Make Plastic Free Nut Milk

June 15, 2020

 

We’re going NUTS for Less Waste, Zero Additives and More Value!

It can be difficult to buy some of the most essential products without plastic packaging (e.g. bread or milk). Difficult…but not impossible! With a little determination and experimentation, you can cut the plastic in your pantry/fridge down even further!

In this blog we'll talk about where to start when reducing the plastic packaged products in your fridge, the benefits of making your own nut milk and our favourite DIY uses for the Nut Milk Bag, including: Oat milk, Sprouting, Kombucha making and more!

Firstly you need to prioritise and recognise what plastic products need to be phased out in your home...

Plastic Packaging Audit...

Perform an audit on your fridge and pantry. How many items are still packaged in plastic? Chances are you have some of the following on your list:

  • Bread
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Butter 

Prioritise one item at a time, it's sooo important not to overwhelm yourself. Let’s tackle milk today!

Why should you make your own nut milk?

Did you know that with most store-bought nut milk, only 2% is actually nuts?I know what you’re thinking… That’s nuts!

Unfortunately, this is paired with ‘filler’ ingredients that have thickening, preserving and stabilising properties to lengthen the products life. These are the baddies that are linked to some serious long-term health risks.

Did we mention the impact it’s having on our environment?! Nut milks generally come packaged in a combination of plastics, metal and cardboard which sadly, are not easily recycled. In most cases they head to landfill and leach nasty greenhouse gases into the atmosphere!

Let’s move towards a more sustainable, healthy and rewarding option! DIY nut milk using an organic cotton nut milk bag.

Why we love our Nut Milk Bag...

Our Organic Cotton DIY Nut Milk Bags will provide you with an easy, zero waste, preservative free & funalternative to milk cartons and cheese packets. Did we mention it tastes x10000 better?!

What do cheese packets have to do with this? Well… the Nut Milk Bag is definitely not a one hit wonder! You can use this bag to make more than just your delicious blend of nut milk. They are great for seed and oat milk, cashew cheese, cold brew coffees, juice straining, sprouting and even Kombucha! (check them all out below) 

With their durable, plastic-free U-shaped design, they’re easy to clean and there’s no risk of plastic fibres landing in your food… or down the sink into waterways! What else? Their compostable and recyclable cardboard packaging means you can say goodbye to those pesky store-bought milk cartons ending up in landfill. Woohoo! Oh AND The bags themselves are also compostable at the end of their live span.

Good for your health and mamma earth!

DIY recipes using the Nut Milk Bag

To help you make your switch to the zero waste Nut Milk Bag, here are some of our favourite recipe’s you can try out that we think you’ll love:

Almond Milk

  1. Soak 1 cup of Almonds for at least 12 hours in water with ½ tsp salt.
  2. Drain soaking water and rinse almonds well. Do not re-use water.
  3. Combine soaked almonds, water and your choice of sweeteners (vanilla, cacao powder etc.) in a blender and blend for 2-3 minutes until smooth.
  4. Strain mixture using the nut milk bag.
  5. Pour in a glass bottle or jar & store in the fridge for up to 4 days. 

Oat Milk

  1. Blend 1 cup rolled oats with 4 cups of COLD water for 30 seconds (use less water for thicker, creamier milk). If you don't use cold water your oat milk will be 'gluggy'.

To add flavour, try this:

  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 whole date, pitted
  • 2 Tbsp cacao powder or ¼ cup fresh berries, depending on what flavour you’re after – you could even do both!
  1. Use your nut milk bag to strain the mixture.
  2. Pour in a glass bottle or jar and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

Cashew Milk

Remember this ratio:1 cup cashews to 4 cups water

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 4 cups cold water divided*

Optional flavours/sweeteners:

  • 1 to 2 tbsp maple syrup, honey or agave nectar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • Dash of sea salt
  • Pinch of Cinnamon

*Add one or two depending on which flavours you like

How to:

  • Soak cashews overnight or for at least 4 hours in the fridge
  • Drain and rinse until the water runs clear
  • Add cashews and two cups of water in a blender and blend until smooth
  • Add the remaining two cups of water and your sweetener of choice and blend again 
  • Use the Nut Milk Bag to strain the milk for a smooth texture
  • Store in fridge and consume within 3-4 days

Cold Brew

  1. Get a large jar and combine 1 cup coarsely ground coffee beans with 5 cups of water.
  2. Stir and leave in the fridge covered to brew for at least 12 hours.
  3. Remove from fridge and strain the coffee using the nut milk bag into a large glass bottle or jar.
  4. Add several ice cubes to a glass and pour your coffee brew over the top.
  5. Add in your choice of sugar or flavourings for extra sweetness if preferred.

(You can even add your DIY nut or oat milk to your brew if you are after an iced latte...yum!) 

Honey Walnut Cheese Spread

What you’ll need:

  • cups raw unsalted cashews
  • cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup lemon juice 
  • 2/3 cup water
  • tablespoons nutritional yeast 
  • tablespoons honey 
  • ¼ cup walnuts plus more for serving
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Tbsp olive oil
  1. Place cashews in a medium bowl and cover with cool water. Cover (you can use our Silicone Food Covers for this step if you like) and place in the fridge to soak for 12 hours.
  2. Once soaked, drain cashews and add to a blender with garlic, lemon juice, water, honey, yeast, walnuts, sea salt and olive oil.
  3. Blend for 5 minutes or until smooth and creamy.
  4. Place in a large mixing bowl and place a fine mesh strainer or colander on top of the bowl and then place the Nut Milk Bag on top of the strainer
  5. Pour blended cheese into the nut milk bag and strain the liquid. Gently form the cheese into a flat disk and twist bag to secure.
  6. Place disk on top of the strainer and place the disk, the strainer and the bowl back in the fridge to drain thoroughly for at least 6 hours.
  7. To serve, unwrap nut milk bag and gently place onto a serving platter and coat with chopped walnuts and a drizzle of honey.
  8. Serve chilled with crackers or vegetables and store in fridge for up to 5 days.

Green Juice 

What you’ll need:

  • 1large cucumber
  • 2 kiwi fruit
  • 1 apple
  • 1 lime (skin removed)
  • ½ bunch kale (stems removed)
  • 1 cup green grapes
  • ¼ - ½ piece fresh ginger (skin removed)
  • 1 cup water
  1. Place ingredients in blender and blend for 1 minute or until all fruit is pulverised.
  2. Line a jar with the Nut Milk Bag and pour juice in bag.
  3. Squeeze out all liquid from the bag and set pulp aside.
  4. Store fresh juice in fridge covered.

Sprouting

  1. Add 1 Tbsp of sprouting seeds to the Nut Milk Bag and place in a glass jar filled with water.
  2. Let soak for 8 hours, then drain and rinse seeds.
  3. Pour the water out of the jar and leave the Nut Milk Bag with seeds inside to hang in the jar, leaving a few inches between the bottom of the bag and the bottom of the jar.
  4. Rinse with fresh water once a day and watch the seeds sprout a few days later 

Simmering Herb Sachet

  1. Add herbs used for their aromatic flavours such as thyme, rosemary or bay leaves to the Nut Milk Bag and tie shut.
  2. Leave the bag in the pot to simmer with the dish you are cooking with the top end exposed for easy removal.
  3. Once you’ve cooked your dish, remove the bag and empty the contents and enjoy your freshly aromatic dish without having to pick out the herbs!

Kombucha (First Ferment)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Kombucha SCOBY
  • ¼ cup organic sugar
  • 1 litre water
  • Loose leaf tea (equivalent of 2 tea bags)

Or you can check out our Kombucha Home Brew Kitwith all ingredients included!

  1. Bring water to boil and add loose leaf tea (try one of our Loose Tea Leafvarieties) and let brew for 5 minutes then remove tea and allow water to cool slightly.
  2. Add sugar and stir to dissolve.
  3. Allow to cool to room temperature and then pour into glass jar.
  4. Add kombucha SCOBY, mix and cover the jar with the nut milk bag.
  5. Allow the tea to ferment at room temperature for 7-10 days.
  6. Once a new SCOBY has formed, use the nut milk bagto strain kombucha into a glass jar, separating the new SCOBY that has formed which can be placed in another jar with 100ml kombucha to start a new batch.
  7. Now you can enjoy your freshly brewed kombucha 

So, there you have it! Easy, sustainable, & plastic-free ways that your Nut Milk Bag can remove plastic bottles from cluttering your fridge and landfill!

I think it’s safe for us to say… you’d be nuts not to try it! ;)

 

Here's what our customers have to say...

Plastic Free Nut Milk Bag

Organic Cotton Nut Milk Bag

⭒⭒⭒⭒⭒
Best nut milk bag I’ve used
Makes perfectly strained, non gritty, smooth nut milk. Easy to wash and quick to dry. Love that there is no plastic or dyes involved. Great product.
- Kathryn

 

Sources:

https://www.nourishmeorganics.com.au/pages/how-to-make-kombucha

https://www.culinarynutrition.com/6-alternative-ways-to-use-nut-milk-bags/ 

https://www.thewheatlesskitchen.com/3-ways-use-nut-milk-bag/

https://whatmollymade.com/vegan-cheese-spread/

https://www.livelovenourish.com.au/homemade-vs-store-bought-nut-milk/

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/092134499390033C


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