The Best Nut and Almond Milk Machine?
It is easy to understand why nut milks like raw almond milk have become so popular among folks who are trying to cut down on dairy products: the creamy 'milks' extracted from almonds and other tree nuts are highly nutritious, incredibly versatile, and best of all – downright delicious. Unfortunately, however, the range of nut drinks you find in the shops in North America and the UK is often limited to almond milk. And, if you do happen to find non-dairy milks made from hemp seeds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, flaxseeds or macadamia nuts in the shops in your area, chances are you will have to pay a pretty hefty price per gallon.
Why Get an Automatic Almond and Nut Milk Extractor?
If you regularly drink almond milk and other nut beverages, you may be able to save quite some money by making your own drinks in an automatic almond and nut milk machine. Sure, you will have to initially shell out some cash to get a good almond milk machine, but if nut milks are an important part of your family's diet, this ingenious little gadget can prove to be a great investment in the long term. And the great thing about these machines is that you won't have to waste any food: the leftover pulp that is created during the extraction process can be incorporated into everything from smoothies to cookies (you'll find plenty of recipes on the internet).
Using an almond milk machine rather than buying pre-made nut milks also gives you more control over what goes into your body. You'll be able to pick the ingredients yourself, and you can choose to make additive-free almond milk, or milk that only contains natural sweeteners and flavor enhancers such as agave syrup or real vanilla. And then there's the freshness factor: no store-bought drink can be beat home-made almond milk in terms of freshness!
By now, you probably agree that home-made almond milk has quite some advantages over its store-bought counterpart. But what advantages do automatic nut and almond milk machines have over the traditional method of making home-made almond milk? Now here's the deal: the entire milk extraction process can be completed in a single vessel, which means fewer dishes to clean up (provided that you choose a machine with a built-in filter, such as the popular Soybella soy milk maker). When you make home-made almond milk the traditional way, you first have to process the nuts in a grinder, then move the ground nuts (along with water) into a blender, and finally strain the mixture using a sieve or cheesecloth into a separate pitcher.
The best automatic non-dairy milk extractors usually come with both a powerful grinding/blending mechanism and a heating element, which makes these compact kitchen gadgets also extremely versatile. In addition to turning seeds and tree nuts into delicious non-dairy milks, many of the nut milk makers available in the US, Canada and the UK can also make soups, baby food, soymilk, grain milks, salad dressings, and more. The following chart should give you a good idea of the capabilities of the best almond milk makers (note, though, that not all nut milk machines are capable of producing all of the things listed below – for details, contact the manufacturer/supplier of the model you're interested in buying):
|Nut and seed milks||Grain milks||Other|
How to Pick the Best Nut & Almond Milk Maker
If you've ever wanted to buy an automatic nut or almond milk maker in the US, UK or Canada, you may have already noticed that most of the models are quite similar in terms of size, capabilities and even price. Most of the popular models, such as the new SoyaJoy and SoyaPower soy milk makers, also have stainless steel interior, which is of course great news for those looking to reduce their exposure to BPA, a harmful chemical found in many plastic products.
As a result of the similarities between the models, deciding on which nut and almond milk machine is best for your purposes may prove to be surprisingly difficult. There is, however, one key question you can ask yourself that should help narrow down your options: do you want a model with a built-in filter or do you prefer a filter-less design? The nut and almond milk makers with built-in filters are generally simpler to operate as you don't have to manually strain the milk-pulp mixture, but many user reviews suggest that these models are more difficult to clean than the more popular filter-less models.
Comparison of Popular Almond and Nut Milk Machines
Below, we provide a side-by-side comparison of popular soymilk and nut milk makers to help you find the best machine for your purposes:
|SoyaJoy G4||Joyoung CTS-1098||Soyabella SB-130|
|Approximate capacity in US cups||7 cups||5 cups||5 cups|
|Stainless steel interior||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Makes raw milks (from nuts and seeds)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Makes hot milks (e.g. from soy beans)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Makes pureed soups||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Temperature sensor / overheating prevention||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|More info for US residents||Info / Buy||Info / Buy||Info / Buy|
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