Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review - Ellie's Best The Bigger Better Nut Bag

* If you make a purchase using my link in the following post, I may receive a small commission.

I feel so fortunate that I'm able to stay at home with my son, feed us healthy food, and keep up with all the latest food news to keep my family as healthy as possible. We eat all organic, mostly vegan food, and I pride myself on my label reading skills and ingredient knowledge. 

I have switched from buying things like ready made tortillas with 20+ ingredients to making my own. The scary part is when you think you are eating or drinking something healthy, and you find out there is some nasty, mysterious, cancer-causing ingredient lurking within. When I learned about the carageenan in the USDA Organic soy milk and almond milk we were drinking and putting into all out recipes was found to cause cancer, I knew I needed to find an alternative to that, too.

THIS is why I was super excited to try out Ellie's Best Bigger Better Nut Milk Bag. I was given the opportunity to try this nut milk bag in exchange for a review. Luckily, for me, since I had never made my own nut milk before, it comes with a free recipe book and video.

Here is the recipe I tried for their Basic Nut Milk:

What you need:
1 cup almonds
4 1/2 cups filtered water
1 tsp vanilla extract
sweetener of choice optional
pinch salt

To Do:

Soak 1 cup almonds in filtered water at room temp with cloth cover. Try to rinse the water 1-2 times for approx 8 hours. Drain and rinse.

Blend your soaked nuts on high 1-2 minutes with 4 ½ cups of filtered

water, adding in any flavorings you would like. The manufacturer suggest 3-4 Dates (pitted) or other sweetener*

Add vanilla and Pinch of Salt

Pour into your BIGGER Better Nut Milk Bag, twist & squeeze, separating the pulp from the milk.

Bottle and Chill: Plant-based milks need refrigeration and are best consumed within three days. Some milks will separate as they sit, so give them a good shake before serving.

Yield: 1.5 quarts

*Sweetener options: try fresh or dried dates (our preferred sweetener), honey, pure maple syrup, molasses, brown rice syrup, coconut sugar, or stevia.

I bought a fresh bag of raw, organic almonds, from my favorite farm here in California, and soaked them for 8-12 hours, according the recipe. After soaking, I added the almonds, the water, a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of vanilla, and a tablespoon of maple syrup to my trusty Vitamix blender and set it on high for a minute or so.

Then I poured my white milky mixture through the large nut milk bag and I twisted and squeezed over a large mixing bowl until I got every last bit of liquid out. I used all my might to squeeze the bag and twisted like every drop was money. (With the price of organic almonds, it pretty much was.)

This is a strong bag made out of commercial grade, Italian nylon, food grade mesh, and its 12x12" size was large enough to prop open and pour my mixture without any help. Plus, the bag is a fine enough mesh that there was no grainy residue in my bowl at all. All the nut residue was completely contained within my bag.

What was left in my bowl was a beautiful, creamy white milk. It was warm (from my Vitamix) and delicious, and SO easy!

I had no idea making nut milk would be that easy, I was almost embarrassed that I had been buying milk with other junk in it for so long.

My trick to clean it out was to rinse, rub, and shake in a bowl of soapy water and then rinse of the soap off in clean water once all the residue is removed. Straight rinsing just wastes water, and that is a no-no in our drought ridden state. Then I just hung it up to dry. This nut bag was easy to clean, too!

I think Mister Cat wanted some milk!

I chilled my milk and in the morning, I served it to my toddler. He loved it, too! No, I didn't give any to the cat...

Then, that afternoon, I poured it over a whole bunch of frozen strawberries and a tablespoon of raw sugar from my sugar bowl (I know, we were being a little naughty, but my strawberries were sour-ish and this is instead of eating ice cream, which is LOADED with sugar, and it was for 3 of us) and I made 3 amazing organic strawberry milkshakes.

Ellie's Best The Bigger Better Nut Bag is a great nut milk bag which is large enough to pour a whole blender full of liquid and nut residue into and it's strong enough to take a full force twisting and squeezing. It is easy to clean, and it's fun and satisfying to make healthy, pure, organic, fresh nut milk. I'm really looking forward to using my own home made nut milk in all my recipes and trying the milk bag for other things like straining my green juice from my Vitamix and making nut cheese, too!

*I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

1 comment:

  1. I am impressed and amazed with your knowledge. I appreciate you sharing this with all of us. I could do a much better job on what we eat and drink also.


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