Why making your own pantry staples at home is better and easier (+ my homemade almond mylk recipe!)
I used to think that every food that I considered “healthy” could only be bought at the store. Whether it was kimchi or almond mylk, I didn’t trust my abilities in the kitchen - or know that it was even possible to make at home.
But, in 2019 I made two commitments to myself: (1) Your finances matter - care about your budget, and (2) Sustainability matters - buy less and make more. So, I began to experiment with creating my favorites at home.
And, it worked.
When I first started recreating my favorite kitchen staples by hand instead of purchasing them outright, I thought it would only be better for my wallet and the environment. But, I quickly realized that making my favorite healthy foods in my own kitchen was also healthier and easier. Seriously.
Take it from me - I’d much rather scrub my tub than spend an afternoon cooking (I know I’m a weirdo). So, for me to get excited about this it must be really simple.
I’m going to share why + how it’s better to make pantry staples at home, and how to create my favorite one - almond mylk.
Some of the benefits of making your own kitchen basics
Since the beginning of 2019 I’ve been making all my own favorite kitchen staples at home.
Making your own basics at home means that you know exactly what’s going into them (no gums, emulsifiers or unknown ingredients for us!). It also helps you get closer to the food that’s going into your body. Food is medicine, and can truly create beauty from the inside-out.
And P.S. - not only are these staples healthier, they usually taste better too. They’re fresher for sure, and your own pride + love goes a long way.
I will admit that making your own kitchen staples might take longer than grabbing them off the shelf - but not much. Plus, you can think of it as an investment in your long-term health - if you start creating healthy habits now, you’ll take them through all phases of life.
One of my favorite aspects of making these kitchen staples at home is how much less expensive it is. I’ve been stocking up on all basics via Brandless (so much of their assortment is $3!), so it’s super inexpensive and effective to buy the staples I need.
Here’s the easiest one - you only need two ingredients (and one of them is water!).
Homemade Almond Mylk
All you need is almonds + water (and maybe a few spices!) to make healthy, homemade almond mylk. Easy peasy!
What you need:
1 cup of almonds (my favorite are from Brandless)
4 cups of filtered water (+ more for soaking)
1 tbsp of vanilla (optional)
Other: A blender + cheesecloth / nut bag
What to do:
Start by soaking your almonds overnight to soften them (at least 12 hours). If this length of time isn’t possible, use hot water and soak for at least 4 hours.
After almonds have soaked, drain and rinse them.
Place almonds, filtered water, and any optional add-ins (spices, etc) into a blender and blend on high for 2 minutes.
Strain mylk through a cheesecloth / nut bag into a bowl or carafe. This part gets a bit messy! Continue emptying the bag and re-straining - don’t worry, you’re not doing this wrong!
Store almond mylk in airtight container, refrigerated. You can keep the fresh mylk for 3 - 5 days.
This blog post was sponsored by Brandless.