Why on earth would someone make homemade nut milks when they could just buy it so easily at the store? No straining, no mess, perfectly sweetened…
In terms of zero waste, plant based milk is almost always packaged in Tetra Pak. Although the cartons just seem like cardboard, they aren’t. Something has to keep the milk from seeping though, and we all know cardboard is not waterproof. So what is Tetra Pak anyway?
Let’s start from the inside out…
6 LAYERS – Polyurethane, polyurethane, aluminum, polyurethane, paperboard, and finally another layer of polyurethane.
So now it’s a bit easier to understand why these packages are not recyclable at all. Do your recycling center a favor and quit putting them in there already!
Reasons why you should drink homemade nut milks…
Homemade nut milks are so EASY! If you’ve been afraid to try, you have no reason to! This is my simple recipe that I use for most nut milks. Cashew milk is one of my favorites though because you don’t have to strain it, so you aren’t left with a bunch of pulp. Sometimes pulp is great, and there are many things you can use it for, but it’s just easier to skip the straining part. If you don’t have a pretty good blender you may still have to strain, but it might be good enough, just give it a try.
Homemade Zero Waste Cashew Milk
3/4-1 Cup Raw Cashews (soaked in enough water to cover for at least 4 hours)
4 Cups Water
2 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup (optional, but I like mine sweet!)
1/2-1 tsp. Vanilla (You decide! I like 1/2 tsp.)
Pinch of Ground Cinnamon (optional)
Pinch of Sea Salt
Directions – Blend, blend, blend, drink!
Stores in the fridge for about 4 days. If you can’t drink that much, then half the recipe.
If you are doing another kind of nut, then you will want to soak the nuts, blend with water, strain, then add the rest.