What you'll need:
1 cup almonds (about a large handful), NOT roasted
A nut milk bag/soup strainer bag
An airtight container to hold the almond milk (preferably glass)
A large bowl with a pouring spout
Soak the almonds overnight in water, in the fridge. This step isn't strictly necessary, but it makes for a much nicer and nuttier milk.
Up to 24 hours later, give the nuts a rinse, and stick them in the blender. Fill the blender with water to the 4-cup mark. **Tip--if you want thicker almond milk, just use less water.**
Blend 'er up!
Let the blender blend for at least a minute, at its highest speed. The longer it blends, the better the milk will be. I blend around 1-2 minutes I think. Not that I've ever timed it or anything.
Take your nut milk bag and open it. I found soup bags for super cheap at the local Asian super market, so that's what I use. $1.29!
When it gets to the point where the last of the liquid is straining through the bag, give the bag a gentle squeeze to help it out. Don't be too aggressive though--I learned the hard way that trying to make sure you get every last drop with too much enthusiasm resulted in some of the almond meal getting through the mesh of the bag. Which meant that I had to strain it again. Oil. Trust me--gentle but firm works best!
The end result is beautiful isn't it? So purdy and white.
Fresh-made almond milk in an airtight container will last in the fridge for about two days. The 4 cups that I made today will also last me 2 smoothies. Coincidence? Hmmm...
**Quick Tip: Soaked and rinsed almonds will last about 4 days in the fridge. So why not save some time, and soak enough for 2 batches? That way you only have to soak the almonds every 4 days, instead of every 2.**