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Today I’m sharing an Almond Cow review on their plant-based milk machine, and how to make homemade almond milk in 30 seconds. Say WHAT!? Homemade almond milk in just 30 seconds? It’s unprecedented isn’t it?
You might already know that I am a sucker for homemade almond milk. I absolutely love the stuff! And much prefer making my own than buying store bought. Homemade almond milk is so much richer, creamier and more lush than store bought. Like a fine wine you want to savour each sip, and let it linger on your taste-buds.
Typically, I make homemade almond milk by adding all the ingredients to my blender, and then passing the liquid through a nut milk bag. I squeeze to get out all the juices while holding in the pulverized nuts. The total process usually takes 10 minutes, which isn’t that long considering you’re left with liquid gold.
But, we might not all have time for the homemade almond milk making shenanigans, and I get it. We are busy people with things to do and people to see. Some of us have kids, some of us have work deadlines keeping us at the office until ungodly hours, and some of us frankly might not want to spend their extra time squeezing nuts for almond milk. Fortunately for you folks, there is a solution to getting homemade almond milk in just 30 seconds.
Compliments to Almond Cow, who created a machine designed specifically for making homemade almond milk, you can have the creamy liquid in just 30 seconds with the click of a button. (Or any kind of plant-based milk you wish).
Here’s how it works:
- Add your ingredients of choice to the filter basket (I like almonds and dates)
- Fasten the filter basket to the mixer, and twist to secure
- Fill the machine with water up to the “fill line”
- Attach the head to the machine, and press the button to blend for 30 seconds.
It doesn’t get more simple than that! The end results is a creamy homemade almond milk without fuss or straining (literally). It’s a dream machine for us homemade almond milk lovers.
But, a review wouldn’t be a review without listing some pros and cons. And so before you make the purchase I want to focus on how this machine compares to using a nut milk bag, or buying store bought. So here are the pros and cons I found to using Almond Cow.
Almond Cow Machine
Almond Cow Pros:
- Time – we can’t deny that homemade almond milk in 30 seconds is a vegans dream! A machine like this makes it easier to opt-in for homemade almond milk vs. buying store-bought. Although using a nut milk bag takes only 10 minutes, I know the feeling of not being in the mood to get out your bag and squeeze. Making it too easy to pick up a few tetra packs of store-bought almond milk at the grocery store instead. The Almond Cow is a great solution for busy bees who want homemade almond milk pronto with little effort.
- Cleaning – Since Almond Cow is made of stainless steel it’s easy to clean. It took just seconds to wash it down with a sponge. A nut milk bag is trickier because it’s material based. So I spend more time rinsing it thoroughly, hanging to dry, and occasionally putting it in the laundry.
- Quality – BOTH Almond Cow and a nut milk bag make creamier, thicker and more flavourful almond milk than store bought. Since it’s homemade you control the sweetness, and know exactly what’s in it; no unnecessary additives or thickeners needed. The Almond Cow certainly makes creamier milk than any store-bought nut milks I’ve tried. Personally, I find using a nut milk bag yields a creamier almond milk. You’re putting in the extra effort of squeezing out all the juices, which the filter basket itself cannot do. It’s also creamier because you have even more control over the almond to water ratio, adding more almonds or less water if desired. With the Almond Cow it’s better to follow the ratios recommended by the company, adding enough water to reach the “min line” and generally 1 cup total of soaked nuts. The ratios gave a less creamy homemade almond than I’m used to when using a nut milk bag, but only slightly.
Almond Cow Cons:
- Price – this one is a biggie. The Almond Cow machine is pricey. Especially when you compare it to the price of a nut milk bag, which is $6-12 on Amazon. The Almond Cow costs $195 USD. So it’s a bit of an investment. Keep in mind, unlike a pricey mixer that blends many different things, this machine is solely for making plant-based milks. (Like an ice-cream maker, or SodaStream). Although the machine has a 1-year warranty which is good, a nut milk bag is made durable to last a long time. I’ve had my nut milk bag for 3 years with no issues of tearing or breaking. And I use it a lot. So in terms of price and longevity the nut milk bag is the winner. However, if you compare the price of Almond Cow to buying store bought almond milk you’re better off. Of course, nut milks are all priced differently, but Almond Cow predicts that you’re saving about 30-50% on every homemade bottle versus store brands.
- Size – The Almond Cow is quite large, taking up as much space on your counter top as a blender. This might not be of concern to you, especially if you have a kitchen with lots of counter space and storage space. I live downtown and my kitchen is small. So counter/storage space is a precious commodity. A nut milk bag in comparison takes up much less space. It’s about the size of a napkin that can easily fold and tuck away. So if you’re limited for space, again the nut milk bag is a better option. In comparison to tetra packs of almond milk, however, it’s clear that the machine will take up less space. It’s typical to have 4-6 tetra packs on hand in my cupboard, so if you replace that with the Almond Cow you’ve created some valuable real-estate to spare.
To buy to not to buy?
The answer depends on you and your needs. If time and ease are important to you then the Almond Cow is a clear winner. But if money and space is of importance, and you’re willing to put in a bit more effort for the same result then a nut milk bag is for you. But both are definitely better than store bought milk in terms of quality, cost, taste and space – trust me, once you try the homemade stuff you’ll never go back.
If you’re undecided, I’d recommend to first try making homemade almond milk using a nut milk bag. You can buy one off amazon for $6-12. Or, you can even sub in a pair of tights or a thin t-shirt if you don’t want to purchase a nut milk bag (although it’s a bit more finicky). Then, you can see for yourself whether you like straining it, or if you find it too much effort. If you then realize it’s too much effort you’ve only spent $6 to be really sure that the Almond Cow is for you.
If the Almond Cow machine is for you then I can offer you a small discount for $15 OFF with the discount code “TWOSPOONS15” at checkout. (this discount code is never to expire).
Whether you’re still contemplating or not, it’s definitely worth checking out Almond Cow’s website for different types of plant-based milks you can create using their machine. They have a lot of really creative ideas! And generally I love what this company is doing in terms of supporting sustainable living, minimizing waste, and empowering us to make healthier food choices. Best of all they are making it EASY to make positive change with their hassle free machine. It’s companies like these I’m rooting for.
I do hope that this post is useful in making your decision. Whether it’s purchasing the Almond Cow, or using a nut milk bag, one thing is for sure: homemade almond milk will change your drinking game.
Cheers to that.