Tetra packs in theory are recyclable, but just because something is recyclable doesn’t mean it gets recycled. It’s marketing, intended to make you feel better about your purchase as a conscious consumer. But without researching your local recycling plants how do you know if this specialty item makes its way back into the material loop? There’s a good chance many tetra packs make their way to landfill instead of back on the shelf. These containers are made up of multiple material layers that insulate the product and require an excess level of break down to separate.
Almonds have their own issues around sustainability and water use, and I would like to advocate for purchasing local, organic nuts whenever possible. But as an accessible, non-dairy option, it’s more than worth your time to make your own.
In my determination to make almond milk from scratch I invested in my first food processor because who needs new underwear, and promptly covered myself and the counter in water by putting a full 2 cups in with the almonds. Learn from my mistake folks, you want to blend the soaked almonds first and then slowly add in the water (my machine could handle 1.5 cups at a time.) But after that first snafu I got the hang of it! Almond milk from scratch also means leftover almond pulp. Don’t toss that nutrient rich goodness! Try making some almond pulp cookies or a vegan strawberry swirl cheesecake instead.
Homemade almond milk is fresh, rich, and literally gone before I close the fridge 😀
Do you have a favorite nut milk?
Let me know if you tried this! #closedloopcooking
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