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    Is almond milk worth the trouble of making yourself or is the unsweetened refrigerated (or boxed) versions at the store ok? From all the reading I have done, it seems to only keep 2 or 3 days if you make it yourself. Any specific brand recommendations would be stellar as well. Thanks!

  • #2
    I'm not into store-boxed anything if I can help it, so for that reason home-made wins hands down.
    True it only keeps about 3 days. And it does not keep well in old wine bottles, fyi....
    For a while it felt like my whole life revolved around making almond milk, until I stopped drinking it so often, but making it from scratch is not that messy or time consuming, at least compared to soy milk (which I don't make/drink anymore).

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    • #3
      nuts have enzyme inhibitors so i'd soak the nuts myself then make 'milk'. i tend to stay away from 'em for this reason and the fact that they are high in omega 6. don't waste your money!
      Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that's bad for you! ~Tommy Smothers

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      • #4
        Perhaps I should just stick to coconut milk (though with it getting colder, I will be making no-atmeal probably every day and it calls for almond milk) because I'm not down with all that work every 3 days.

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        • #5
          Buy it from the store. It's fairly cheap (unless you're drinking a lot of it) and it keeps for up to 10 days in my fridge without going bad.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by loneviking View Post
            Buy it from the store. It's fairly cheap (unless you're drinking a lot of it) and it keeps for up to 10 days in my fridge without going bad.
            Mark SUPPORTS Store Bought Almond Milk by default. I have searched his blog for anything definitive saying Yea or Nay on Almond Milk and can't find his stand. The best I can find are his 2 recipes that specify Almond Milk as ingredients:

            EGGNOG Delight
            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-eggnog/

            Custard Pudding Delight
            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/dairy-free-custard/

            Therefore, Mark is promoting Almond Milk by default.

            Mark did take a stand on Soy Milk here... NAY
            * Soy Milk = Avoid
            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/10-th...ow-about-tofu/

            Is there anything more definitive on Store Bought Almond Milk in his blog?

            Best of health to all,
            Grizz
            Last edited by Grizz; 09-30-2010, 06:56 AM.

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            • #7
              Oh rejoice! Thanks so much, Grizz. You just made my morning (yeah, it doesn't take much)!

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              • #8
                I buy store bought unsweetened.
                "Live Free or Die"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Bostonbully View Post
                  I buy store bought unsweetened.
                  Refrigerated or boxed?

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                  • #10
                    i use the boxed stuff for things like smoothies (usually do half coconut milk - half almond milk) & in my coffee, but otherwise, it's not so great. definitely go with the unsweetened stuff - the unfridgerated version of almond breeze has only 2g of carbs, but does have soy lecithin, which isn't so great. i wouldn't use it as an alternative to milk in most recipes. i've not tried making it myself.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by aboutsaffron View Post
                      i use the boxed stuff for things like smoothies (usually do half coconut milk - half almond milk) & in my coffee, but otherwise, it's not so great. definitely go with the unsweetened stuff - the unfridgerated version of almond breeze has only 2g of carbs, but does have soy lecithin, which isn't so great. i wouldn't use it as an alternative to milk in most recipes. i've not tried making it myself.
                      I love Almond Breeze, but it doesn't love me. It has carrageenan (some seaweed extract or something) that gives me a crampy stomach.

                      Trader Joe's has almond milk now (unsweet vanilla), and it doesn't have carrageenan. But I haven't tried it yet.

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                      • #12
                        I have been buying store almond milk, but the only brand I can find has rice syrup listed as one of its ingredients. I like almond milk (to add to tea etc), but am now reluctant to buy it given the rice syrup. Coconut milk doesn't last very long, and I don't use a lot of the almond milk which is why I have been using it, as it lasts longer in the fridge. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
                        Let Go. Move On. Be Free.

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                        • #13
                          Silk brand's Pure Almond is my favorite. It's my favorite creamer for tea and coffee and also works well for cooking.
                          We must learn to do what the leaf and the whale and the wind do of their own nature. We must learn to keep the balance. Having intelligence, we must not act in ignorance. Having choice, we must not act without responsibility
                          -Sparrowhawk, The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. LeGuin

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                          • #14
                            The soy lecithin is fine. It's basically just choline.
                            THe carageenan, however , is troublesome. It's a known carcinogen. Check the package, I haven't found a brand without it.

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                            • #15
                              I have had the boxed version and didn't like it. I think it is worth it to make your own. I don't drink much of it so I when I make it I use one cup of almonds. I don't like the preservatives and other ingredients.

                              I've made my own coconut milk too. It has a better taste but it isn't thick without the guar gum.

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