Nut milk (also known as “mylk”) makes a great addition to any business that sells juice. Nut milks have grown in popularity both in the grocery store and in juice bars within the last few years. There are even companies now that are making only raw nut milks.
So what is nut milk?
Well, it’s not actually milk, which does make it naturally lactose free, and it’s also very low in calories when served without any added sweeteners. Nut milk is just nuts, almonds and cashews most frequently, and filtered water. Sweeteners like dates, vanilla, or honey can be added to enhance the flavor.
Making nut milk on the Goodnature X-1 is a simple process; it’s really just a matter of fine tuning your recipe to achieve the taste and creaminess you desire.
- Soak nuts in filtered water for 24 to 48 hours.
That’s a pretty wide range but we have found that the longer the nuts are soaked, the less water is required later for blending. This should result in a creamier taste as well. Soaking should always be done in a refrigerator.
- Drain and rinse.
The water will be dirty, especially if soaked closer to 48 hours. In the next step we will add in clean, fresh water.
- Weigh the nuts and add in filtered water.
We weighed two pounds (.9 kg) of soaked nuts and added four pounds (1.8 kg) of water (about 2 liters / 68 ounces).
Note: This is where some trial and error may be required as the ratio of nuts to water may vary depending on how you want it to taste and how long you soaked the nuts for. We found if we only soaked the nuts for 24 hours, the ratio had to be one part nuts to three parts water, at minimum, just to get the nuts to blend properly. With too little water, the slurry became like whipped frosting and wouldn’t press well. Soaking for 48 hours allowed us to do one part nut to two parts water.
- Blend the mixture into a slurry.
We used the Vitamix XL because the size of mixture and it does a really great job of blending the nuts. We are only looking to break down the nuts into a smaller size, not get them so fine they will get into our milk. Typically 20 to 30 seconds is enough. Start the blender on a medium speed and take it up to high after 8 to 10 seconds.
- Pour into the press.
The Monofilament Nut Milk Bag works the best as it is the most efficient and easier to clean. If you do not have one, a wide weave bag can be used.
- Repeat steps 3 – 5 until the bag is about halfway full or you’ve used all your nuts.
- Blend any additional solid ingredients
For this recipe we used dates. After blending, add to the nut slurry.
- Start the press.
Press very slowly to be sure the slurry doesn’t overflow the top of the bag. We set the press to take about 2 minutes to fully close.
- Add any additional liquid or powder ingredients.
Popular ingredients include vanilla or cocao powder. Add to the nut milk and stir.
- Bottle, chill, and enjoy!
Just like cold pressed juice, raw nut milk has a short shelf life. Keep the product refrigerated, and check with local health regulations about recommended shelf life. Make sure to fully clean and sanitize the X-1 before juicing anything else, as some customers may be allergic to nut based products. Also, there may be labeling requirements, read our article to learn more: FDA Labeling Requirements
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those ratios do not make sense. 2 lbs of soaked almonds soaked for 24 hours yields almost 2 L of nuts, which makes it closer to a 1:1 ratio with 2 L/ 4lbs of water
The ratio for a standard almond nut milk is anywhere between two parts water to one part almond up to three parts water one part almond. The ratios depend mostly on personal preference and what other ingredient you will be adding.
so we can use the same press bag that we use for the juice? also why can’t you add dates in with the cashews when blending?why does this have to be an extra step?
Yes, you can use the same bag as well as blend the dates at the same time as the nut if you wanted to, I actually prefer to add the pitted dates to soak with the nut mixture for about the last 20 minutes and this softens them up a bit as well before I blend.
Hi, what's the difference between a wide bag and the new nut milk bag monofilament ?
The wide bag is actually woven fabric material, while the mono-filament bag is not woven, it is made from a single piece of fiber and works better and is easier for cleanup than the regular bag for nut milk.
Hi there Great video! Do you know where I can purchase the circular food containers with the spigots that soak the nuts? Craig
You can buy them in our onlinse store here: Juice bucket with spout
Hi, How much of the nut mill/cake was left after this batch pressing and what did you do with it? Any suggestions on any potential uses? Thanks.
Hello Nilesh, Yes on one of our previous blog post we have a great recipe for pesto using the remaining pulp. Thanks
With this video, about how many oz did this batch make? We have been producing all of our nut milks on a Norwalk and I would love to find a more efficient way so that it is easier on our machines but also my staff who has been hand squeezing the bags.
I believe this made about 300 liquid ounces.
Hi, I'm worried to know the price that should have each bottle Should the powders be put into the blend or and the end? Is the same formula as cold press? Thank you!
Apple, if you are adding powder ingredients, they can be added to the juice as the end.
Hello, I wondered what sort of yield you would be looking to get from 1kg of almonds. I just made my first batch on the X1 but was a little disappointed to only get 6x500ml bottles from it. Thanks!
Hi Val have you heard from our consultant? I passed your information onto him.
I have found that out nut milk has a shorter shelf life than our juice, 2 days at max. Does this sound about right?
Aaron, since nut milk is not acidic, it will generally have a shorter shelf life. Make sure to keep everything cold during the entire production process. This will ensure longest shelf life. 2 days does seem shorter than normal.
Great video! All others as well! How would you sanitize the entire x-1? Can you explain?
The X1 should be cleaned just as any other stainless steel appliance. Wash, rinse, and sanitize according to health codes. This usually involves the last step as spraying with sanitizer and letting it air dry.
The comment above "There are even companies now that are making only raw nut milks." ... Do you know of any US based outside of the mega producers like Silk?
Check out Pop and Bottle in San Francisco. http://www.popandbottle.com/
Fronks in Austin! www.freshfronks.com
Hi there, I was just wondering what type of press you use to compress and extract your nut mylk? Thanks, Channon
That is the Goodnature X1.
Hi - have you tried putting the almonds and water direction into the grinding portion of the X1, versus the vitamix? I have done this on a Norwalk to ensure no loss of nutrients and am curious how this would work on the X1.
Hi Katelin, we have tried this and the grinder doesn't work well on nuts. The nuts don't break down into fine enough pieces. We have yet to find a solution that works as well as the Vitamix for grinding the nuts before putting them into the X1 press. (Edit: the grinder on the X1 Mini works well on nuts too).
Great Post.Looking delicious.
Great instructional video. More of these please Charlie 😄
You got it Bev!
Great walk through! Any ideas on blenders when you outgrow the Vitamix XL?
Nick, thanks for the comment. You would be looking for a "vertical cutter-mixer." Check out the Hobart HCM450.