Vanilla Almond Milk

Vanilla Almond Milk

I have never been a big fan of almond milk. I’ve purchased it a few times at the store and every time I was wholly unimpressed. I couldn’t understand what the big deal was. To me it tasted either bland and chalky or sugary sweet.

When I made the choice to cut down on the dairy in my diet I had to rethink my decision. Almond milk could be very useful. I knew the only way I would use it was if I made it myself. I then could control the process and know exactly what went into it.  I wanted all natural ingredients, no added sugars, and it had to be tasty. 

Recipes for almond milk are abundant and making my own proved to be quite simple. With a few ingredients and some simple equipment I made a delicious, all natural lightly sweetened almond milk I love.  Dates and whole bean vanilla combine with almonds to give this vanilla almond milk a wonderful flavor. I can tell you for certain… my coffee has never tasted better. 

Dates and whole bean vanilla combine with almonds to give this vanilla almond milk a wonderful flavor. A simple recipe with all natural ingredients.

 

Vanilla Almond Milk
 
Serves: 3½ cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • water for soaking almonds overnight
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 pitted dates
  • 1 whole vanilla bean
Instructions
  1. Place almonds in bowl and cover with water. Soak for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  2. After almonds have soaked the required time, drain and rinse.
  3. Place almonds, dates, vanilla bean and 4 cups water in blender.
  4. Blend on high for several minutes until almonds, dates and vanilla bean is thoroughly ground.
  5. Strain almond mixture through nut-milk bag into container.
  6. Chill and serve.

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Three Simple Ways to Preserve Peppers

“Always remember: If you’re alone in the kitchen and you drop the lamb, you can always just pick it up. Who’s going to know?” – Julia Child

Currently, in my kitchen there is not a square inch of surface that is not covered with boxes of tomatoes or buckets of peppers. Not a bad problem to have, but a bit overwhelming at present. Three Simple Ways to Preserve Peppers- Frozen peppers are wonderful for using in all your pure food recipes. Tim and I made the decision, when our first grandson was born, to be actively involved with our grandchildren on a regular basis. So, once a month our grandson Edison comes to the farm to spend the weekend. Three Simple Ways to Preserve Peppers- Frozen peppers are wonderful for using in all your pure food recipes. We love our visits and look forward to the time we get to spend with him. Did I mention Edison is 3 years old and completely all boy? Roasted peppers are simply delicious  and add great flavor to sandwiches, salads and soup. Thus, my dilemma with a kitchen full of tomatoes and peppers. Fortunately, Tim is a hands on grandpa and this will free up my time a bit to tackle freezing, roasting, and drying of the peppers. Roasted peppers are simply delicious  and add great flavor to sandwiches, salads and soup. One of the wonderful things about peppers is the ease in which they can be preserved. Peppers are in abundance at the end of summer and beginning of fall, and usually when you can find them at the market most reasonably priced. If you haven’t been able to grow them yourself they are well worth the money to preserve for later use. How to Dry/Dehydrate peppers - simple to accomplish and yields such wonderfully concentrated flavors.

Three Simple Ways to Preserve Peppers

Freezing – Frozen peppers are wonderful for using in all your pure food recipes. Use them in soups, stews and casseroles, or throw them in a stir fry or omelet. Freeze peppers in the amount needed for a single recipe or flash freeze to be removed by the handful as needed. If you have not had the opportunity to grow your own peppers this year, check out your nearby farmers market. Be sure to buy enough to last throughout the winter season. This way you will not have to buy peppers when they are at a premium price in the store this winter. Three Simple Ways to Preserve Peppers- Frozen peppers are wonderful for using in all your pure food recipes. Roasting – Roasted peppers are simply delicious  and add great flavor to sandwiches, salads and soup. My favorite is a Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato soup. After roasting, cut the peppers in quarters, slice, chop, or dice them. Package in single use portions and freeze. When thawed, they can be used for any recipe that calls for roasted peppers. The consistency of the roasted pepper does not change after freezing.

Roasted peppers are simply delicious  and add great flavor to sandwiches, salads and soup. Drying –  Dehydrating peppers is simple to accomplish and yields such wonderfully concentrated flavors. If you buy chili powder in the store you may not realize that chili powder is not the only ingredient. Several seasonings may be  mixed in with the chili powder, effectively diluting the real chili flavor. When dehydrating your own, you are in charge of what goes in your powder.   How to Dry/Dehydrate peppers - simple to accomplish and yields such wonderfully concentrated flavors. I mixed Cayenne and Thai Chili’s this year with a bit of Sweet NuMex red pepper to make my own blend of chili powder. Delicious.  The farmers market is a great place to get chili’s in bulk and they are usually pretty reasonably priced.  If you want to make your own chili powder and can’t find any fresh, another option is to look in the Mexican food section in your grocery store.  There you will find bags of dried peppers at a reasonable price and this will enable you to make your own blend.

How to Dry/Dehydrate peppers - simple to accomplish and yields such wonderfully concentrated flavors. Time to get get back to the energetic 3 year old.  He doesn’t really care much for the freezing, roasting and drying of peppers, but cookies, now that he understands.

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