Store-bought almond milk is a great way to enjoy milk with fewer carbs. But it can be difficult to know how those milks are made or what unnecessary ingredients are included in the recipes. Luckily, it’s simple to make your own homemade almond milk if you have a pressure cooker at home. This quick and easy Instant Pot recipe can be made in under 30 minutes!
What Do I Need to Make Homemade Almond Milk?
While premade almond milk is convenient, most of the of the packaged milk options are made with added preservatives. Making almond milk at home allows you to minimize the ingredients in your recipe to ensure it’s natural and healthy. This simple recipe is made with just three ingredients:
- Raw almonds
What Supplies Do I Need to Make Almond Milk?
In addition to those three simple ingredients, you’ll also need a few supplies to prepare this recipe. To make almond milk at home, you’ll need:
- Instant Pot. Before you can turn your almonds into milk, they need to be cooked. Soaking the almonds is a popular way to prepare them for almond milk, but that method takes a long time. Using an Instant Pot is a great way to speed up the process so you can make your milk more quickly.
- Blender. When your almonds are cooked, they need to be blended to help liquify them. A blender is the best way to achieve the right consistency for your almond milk.
- Cheesecloth. After blending the almonds, it’s a good idea to strain them before drinking the milk. Cheesecloth is perfect for straining your milk because it catches all the tiny pieces of pulp left in the liquid after blending the almonds.
How Do I Make Almond Milk at Home?
When you have your ingredients and supplies gathered, it’s time to start cooking those almonds. Grab your Instant Pot and follow these four simple steps to make your own homemade almond milk:
Step One: Cook the Almonds
Add the almonds and six cups of water to the Instant Pot. Close the lid and seal the pressure valve. Set the pot to cook on high pressure for three minutes. Manually release the pressure when the cook time is up.
Step Two: Remove the Almond Skins
When the almonds are finished cooking, drain them from the water. Remove the skins from the almonds by pinching the almond to pop the nut out of the skin.
Step Three: Blend the Almond Milk
Place the skinned almonds in a blender with five cups of water. Blend until the almonds are smooth and the mixture resembles milk. Add honey to sweeten the milk, if desired.
Step Four: Strain the Milk
Place a piece of cheesecloth over a bowl or pitcher. Pour the almond milk over the cheesecloth to strain the liquid. After pouring all the milk into the bowl, squeeze the cheesecloth until no more milk can be removed from the cloth.
What are the Best Almonds for Making Almond Milk?
When making your own almond milk at home, it’s best to use raw, organic almonds. Raw almonds can be found in the nut aisle of your favorite grocery store or shopping center.
Raw almonds are uncooked, which means they’ll need to be prepared before you can turn them into milk. While roasted almonds are already cooked, they often made with added oil and salt, which is something you don’t want to include in your almond milk recipe.
How Many Almonds Make a Gallon of Milk?
This recipe makes around 32 ounces of almond milk using 2 cups of raw almonds. To make a full gallon of milk, you would need 8 cups of almonds. Depending on the size of your Instant Pot, you may need to cook your almonds in batches if the pot isn’t large enough to hold the larger number of nuts and water.
How to Store Homemade Almond Milk
Storing your homemade almond milk properly is essential to keeping it fresh. Since your milk does not contain preservatives, it needs to be kept in the refrigerator. When stored properly, your almond milk will be good for four to five days. There are a couple of storage tips I suggest to ensure your milk doesn’t go bad quickly.
- Store the milk with a lid. To keep the milk fresh and flavorful, make sure your storage container has a lid. Jars or covered bottles both make great storage containers for almond milk.
- Sterilize your container. Taking the time to sterilize your container before adding your milk will prevent bacteria from forming in your almond milk as it’s being stored. The best way to sterilize your container is to dip them in a boiling water bath and allow them to air dry.
- Shake before drinking. Fresh almond milk may separate as it’s stored. Before throwing out your almond milk because it looks strange, try shaking the bottle to mix the ingredients together before drinking it.
Homemade Almond Milk in the Instant Pot
- Pressure Cooker
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 6 cups water for instant pot
- 5 cups water for blending
- 1-3 teaspoons honey optional
- Place almonds and 6 cups of water into the instant pot. Close lid and seal pressure valve. Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes. Manually release pressure when done.
- Drain and rinse almonds. Remove the skins by pinching the almonds out of them.
- Place skinned almonds in blender with 5 cups of water and blend until it resembles milk. Add sweetener to taste.
- Pour blender over cheese cloth. Make sure you have a bowl to catch the milk. Squeeze cheese cloth until no more milk is extracted.