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Sorry if this is in the wrong forum. I was just hoping for a quick reply.<br><br><br><br>
So, I just finished making my first batch of almond milk ever. I bought a cheesecloth today and used it to strain the almonds. I was wondering if the cloth is reusable. It was quite expensive and I thought I could just wash it and reuse, but when I tried that, there are tiny bits of almond stuck to it that I couldn't wash out, and the cloth got kind of wierd and stringy.<br><br><br><br>
My questions are, is the cloth reusable? and if so, how do I wash it/ is it OK if there is still almond stuck to the cloth?<br><br><br><br>
By the way, the almond milk is the best! It turned out so creamy, rich, and perfectly delicious!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hamster.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hamster:"> Oh yea, and thanks for your help!
 

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I only used cheesecloth once before, and found the same result when I tried to wash it. I say throw it out and buy a fine mesh strainer (hope I have the right tital and spelling).<br><br><br><br>
Could you please post or send me the recipie that you used, and any added hints and notes? I've been interested in makeing some nut milks for quite a while.<br><br><br><br>
Jennifer
 

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Toss the cheesecloth out they re to hard to clean.<br><br>
It copsts a bit more at first but I use a good fine linen cloth square, can be washed semi easy and is reuseable.<br><br>
I just pick up several yards and sew them into whatever shapes I need, like a tea bag or just a large sqaure for draining nuts or makeing yogurt etc.
 

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Oh darn, I was hoping I could still reuse mine. I think I will, anyhow. I have a mesh strainer, it's pretty fine, but are there strainers that are even finer? Because I used the strainer once, but it doesn't get rid of all the pulp as well as the cheesecloth-lined strainer.<br><br><br><br>
The almond milk recipe I used:<br><br>
1 cup almonds, raw and slivered<br><br>
3.5-4 cups filtered water, depending on how rich you want it to be<br><br>
maple syrup or sweetener of choice, to taste<br><br>
pinch of salt<br><br><br><br>
I first blended half the water with all the almonds for a couple of minutes on the highest speed of my blender. Then I strained it with a cheesecloth lining a mesh strainer.<br><br>
Clean out the blender. Pour the strained milk into the blender and add maple syrup to sweeten, and salt, to bring out the flavor. Whirl around in the blender to mix ingredients well.<br><br><br><br>
You can also add carob powder/cocoa powder for chocolate almond milk, or some vanilla extract, for vanilla almond milk.
 

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another fine mesh sive good for this use is a jelly bag. It sits in a stand and you squash the fruit with a wood stick. You could fill the jelly bag and squeeze it gently. It would be easy to wash because it is more like material. Also a new pair of pantyhose cut off or those panty hose socks (no i'm not joking) would work well too. Just wash it after and use it just for almond milk. Panty hose are good for all kinds of "abnormal" uses.
 

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I found a fine mesh strainer at tuesday morning thats super fine. It has 3 really really fine mesh layers, so its out there. The only problem i have with it is its on the hard side of cleaning fully but a little extra elbow grease is all it takes.
 

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Hmm, maybe I'll go out today to look for a good strainer.<br><br>
Lol, pantyhose... that reminds me, maybe I could use a washcloth. I have a ton of new and clean ones. Plus, it will be easier to wash.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>anonymousemo</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Hmm, maybe I'll go out today to look for a good strainer.<br><br>
Lol, pantyhose... that reminds me, maybe I could use a washcloth. I have a ton of new and clean ones. Plus, it will be easier to wash.</div>
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Well, I guess you could, but you might loos a lot of the milk as the wash cloth would soak it up, and squeezing it out might get some of the big stuff back into the milk. But I guess it wouldn't hurt to try it out, that is, other then the cost of raw almonds (those are expensive!)<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for the recipe, I hope to use it soon,<br><br>
Jennifer
 

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I only used cheesecloth once before, and found the same result when I tried to wash it. I say throw it out and buy a fine mesh strainer</div>
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We strain ours with a reusable coffee filter, the gold colored type. It gets clogged and I have to rinse it 2-3 times to strain a quart of almond milk, but my milk doesn't have any gritty stuff in it.
 
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