Has anyone made their own soy or almond milk?
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    Default Has anyone made their own soy or almond milk?

    I didn't even realize this was an option until reading about it a few minutes ago! I'm intrigued and want to know if anyone has experience with this sort of thing. I LOVE the idea of not buying milk at the store!
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    No but I will be anxiously waiting to see what others say since I buy unsweetened almond milk.

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    I would love to hear about this too, DD1 can only drink this ... granddaughter gets way sick if she does any regular dairy. This would be amazing for her.

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    Two link from my bookmarks. Very easy.

    One with a tutorial and one with recipes.

    Raw Homemade Almond Milk | Novel Eats

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    I haven't because I cringe at the price of nuts in the store when I want to do baking. I can get a jug of almond milk for $3.00 when its on sale. Maybe if I had a nut tree available, but don't know if shelling and processing would be worth my time-$. Not that it matters, I don't have a nut tree, ha!
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    Quote Originally Posted by krbshappy71 View Post
    I haven't because I cringe at the price of nuts in the store when I want to do baking.
    Slightly off topic, but perhaps coconut milk is cheaper to make? All one needs is shredded coconut, hot water, and a blender. For a video of how it's made, try searching "Homemade Coconut Milk Recipe from Dried Coconut" on YouTube.

    Shredded coconut is $0.26/oz on Amazon (maybe one can find it cheaper, I'm not sure... I'm in Germany), and from a pound of coconut you get about 1.5 quarts of milk... for a bit over $4. The coconut meat can then be dried and used to bread chicken, fish, or shrimp... or you could use it in a cake or to make candies (mom makes some amazing Raffaello).

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    Thanks Sara!

    I lucked out at the scratch and dent a while ago and got the shelf stable almond milk for .50 per container. However it will all be gone by April.

    I have never tried making coconut milk. I do love it though. I will keep that in mind if I find unsweetened coconut at the scratch and dent! I have diluted the coconut cream out of the can for milk in recipes though.

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    I spoke before reading the recipe, my apologies! According to the first link it would be fairly cheap for me to make as nuts here were $3.99 a pound.
    If you pay $5.79/pound for almonds, and of that use one cup of almonds to make eight cups of almond milk, then your price will come to about $0.27/cup or $1.09 for 4 cups (32 ounces) or $2.17 for eight cups (64 ounces).
    I am terrible at math. Almond milk 1/2 gallon is 3.99.

    1 half US gallon = 64 US fluid ounces

    So at $2.17 definitely cheaper than buying my own. Thank you so much for the recipe links and sorry I jumped the gun on my assumptions. Learning something new every day!
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    Awesome to get opinions! I guess you can also make rice milk! That has to be pretty cost effective too.

    Right now I buy Lactaid milk and regular milk and it is very expensive. I wanted to switch the whole family over to something healthier and easier on our budget.
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    I have made both almond, hazelnut and coconut milk at home. The cheapest almondmilk I have found here in Norway is a litre for 6 dollars, and that I think is really expencive!! Almost like a steal.
    The homemade milk is also really good if you add a little bit of vanilla, stevia, dates, cinnamon or strawberries. Not all at the same time of course

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    Still not sure if this is cost effective. I haven't found a good source for raw almonds. I wonder if my family would like rice milk? Hmmm...
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