Friday, April 10, 2020

How to Make Yummy and Creamy Brazil Nut Milk in Less than 8 Minutes

 

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Those following an incomplete vegetarian or vegan diet, or avoiding wheat and/or other grains may need to take high quality selenium supplement . But according to some experts natural source like Brazil nut is the best option.

Brazil nut is a top source of copper, magnesium, phosphorus, essential fatty acids and selenium.

What is selenium good for in the body?

Brazil nut is the number one source of selenium a mineral with immune boosting and strong antioxidant properties.

Other health benefits include promoting heart health, supports proper growth, aids in energy production, increases muscle relaxation for improved blood flow, supports healthy bone formation, proper digestion, hormone balance, lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol, and increases HDL (good) cholesterol.

According to recent scientific research, selenium is crucial for the health and proper functioning of your immune system.

Higher levels of selenium may help boost the immune systems of people with HIV, influenza, tuberculosis, and hepatitis C.


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HOMEMADE BRAZIL NUT MILK RECIPE

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Try homemade brazil nut milk recipe

Brazil nuts make super delicious and creamy non-dairy milk.

Prepare ahead of time. Have all of your materials laid out where they need to be. This will keep things neat and easy.

You can customize your homemade Brazil nut milk by adding your choice of sweeteners or flavorings.


Yields 3½ to 4 Cups

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup Brazil nuts, soaked for 4 hours or overnight
2 to 3 pitted Medjool dates
¼-teaspoon salt
1½ teaspoon vanilla extract or the seeds of 1 vanilla bean, scraped
4 cups water

OPTIONAL SWEETENERS:

1-tablespoon maple syrup
1-tablespoon raw honey
½-teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Medjool date, pit removed
1 teaspoon ground vanilla beans


PREPARATION PROCEDURE:

1) Soak the Brazil nuts overnight. Use a 32-ounce (960 ml) mason jar or other suitable container for this, fill with regular tap water. The water should be in room temperature.

The tap water should be enough water to cover them, plus an extra inch or two. The nuts will enlarge slightly during the soaking process. In the morning, drain and rinse the nuts well.

2) The nuts have a relatively soft, buttery texture, so if you have a high-speed blender, you can skip the soaking step if you forget.

Using a high-speed blender, blend all ingredients until very smooth. Start out at a slow speed before working my way up to a higher one.

3) If you do not have a high-powered blender, you can use a regular blender. You will just need to make the milk in smaller batches—about ½ cup (65 g) of nuts to 1¾ cups (420 ml) of water at a time.

4) Create a large, double layer of cheesecloth or use high quality nut milk bag and hold it over a large bowl. Pour the Brazil nut milk through the nut milk bag let gravity do most of the work on its own.

Pour the Brazil nut milk through the cheesecloth or nut milk bag

It should take about 5 minutes or so for most of the milk liquid to end up in the bowl.

5) Gather nut milk bag in your hands and gently squeeze it. You will start to see a lot of milk liquid come out. Keep squeezing until you feel that all the liquid is gone.

6) Add your desired optional sweetener and then blend again for another 2 minutes.

7) Transfer the Brazil nut milk to an airtight container. It will keep in the fridge for about 3 days. Keep in the freezer for up to 2 months.

8) Dump the excess Brazil nuts pulp onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. It will be wet and clumpy. Use your fingers to break it up and spread it out on the baking sheet so that it dries out easily.

Dump the excess Brazil nuts pulp

You can discard the nut pulp or use it in other Brazil nut pulp recipes. There are a number of uses for nut pulp like Brazil nut pancake, falafel hash brown.

Why do you need to soak your nuts?

To make your wife happy…! 😁 joke… joke! Brazil nuts will blend up more easily if you soak them in water first. Larger and harder nuts like Brazil nut tend to require more time.

To soak, simply place the raw Brazil nuts in a large container and add enough water to cover them 2 to 3 inches. After soaking, rinse the nuts in a colander and allow them to drain completely before blending.

HOMEMADE BRAZIL NUT MAKING QUICK TIPS


a) If you decide to add a natural sweetener to homemade Brazil nut recipe, start with ground vanilla beans, which make things taste sweeter without raising the sugar content.

b) Be sure to strain the Brazil nut milk before adding the sweetener.

c) If you add the sweetener too early in the making process, some of it will be caught in the nut milk bag, especially Medjool dates.

d) Add the Medjool dates once you have strained the mixture, and then blend everything again for another 2 minutes to make sure the ingredients are completely mixed.

e) Remember that if you use vanilla extract, you might be able to slightly taste the alcohol, since this recipe is not cooked.

f) Don’t be shook when you get your milk out of the fridge and find that it is separated. Shake well before using. Homemade Brazil nut milk does not have added emulsifiers, thickeners, or stabilizers to keep the concoction homogeneous.

g) Most homemade Brazil nut milks will last 3 days in the refrigerator, which should be ample of time if you use them regularly in coffee, cereal, and recipes.

Do not make in large batches because of short life span. Commercially produced nut milks to last longer because of added preservatives.


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HOW TO SELECT AND STORE BRAZIL NUTS?

Brazil Nuts Selection. Select raw Brazil nuts that are whole, brown, heavy, and not shriveled or damaged.

If you buy in bulk, be sure to choose new supplies. They should smell sweet and nutty, not sharp and bitter. Do not buy rancid nuts.

How to Store Brazil Nuts? Store Brazil nuts in an airtight container. In a cool, dry place away from sunlight.

Storing them in the refrigerator will increase its shelf life and help prevent them from going rancid.


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HOW TO DRINK OR USE BRAZIL NUT MILK IN COOKING?


1) Drink Brazil nut milks straight, either warm or chilled.

2) Add homemade Brazil nut milk to your breakfast cereal.

3) Add homemade nut milks to coffee or tea. Your drinks will be creamy and delicious. Homemade nut milks made with a 1:2 ratio of solids to water froth particularly well.

4) Dunk your favorite cookies in homemade nut milk.

5) You can use homemade Brazil nut milk in cooking other dishes.

6) How to make vegan buttermilk using nut milk? It is easy to make your homemade vegan buttermilk.

Just stir 1 tablespoon of an acid (You can use fresh lemon juice or cider vinegar) into 1 cup of nut milk.

Leave it for about 10 minutes at room temperature before using.

You can substitute vegan buttermilk one-to-one for dairy buttermilk.

Vegan buttermilk adds a silky complex; slightly tangy flavor and softness to baked goods (just make sure to use a bit of baking soda in the recipe).

7) How to make vegan white or cream sauce? Start by melting vegan butter over medium heat in a saucepan.

Once the butter is melted, whisk in flour until mixed well with the butter, about 30 seconds.

Add homemade Brazil nut milk, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to a simmer, and cook, whisking, until thickened and smooth


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Homemade Brazil Nut Milk Nutrition


How much selenium in Brazil nut?

A single Brazil nut contains 68 to 91 micrograms (mcg) of selenium, meaning that just one nut per day can provide the daily-recommended adult allowance of 55 mcg.

In addition to selenium, Brazil nuts contain ample of protein, essential minerals, and healthful fats.

Serving Size: 1 cup, 54 Cal, 8% 1 gram Carbs,  85% 5 gram Fat, 8% 1 gram Protein

Carbs- 1 g
Dietary Fiber- 0 g
Sugar- 0 g
Fat- 5 g
Saturated- 1 g
Polyunsaturated- 1 g
Monounsaturated- 2 g
Trans- 0 g
Protein- 1 g
Sodium- 5 mg
Potassium- 54 mg
Cholesterol- 0 mg
Vitamin A   -- %
Vitamin C- 0 %
Calcium- 1 %
Iron- 1 %

Source: USDA, Percentages are based on a diet of 2000 calories a day.



REFERENCES:

Dina Cheney. 2015. The New Milks: 100-Plus Dairy-Free Recipes for Making and Cooking with Soy, Nut, Seed, Grain, and Coconut Milks. Atria Books. ISBN-13: 978-1501103940. https://amzn.to/2XkHyaI

Kris Carr. 2015. Crazy Sexy Juice: 100+ Simple Juice, Smoothie & Nut Milk Recipes to Supercharge Your Health.  Hay House Inc. ASIN: B011AE5OYQ. https://amzn.to/2JO3QK2

Melissa King. 2015. DIY Nut Milks, Nut Butters, and More From Almonds to Walnuts. The Experiment. ISBN-13: 978-1615192304. https://amzn.to/3e9YU00


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