Here’s why you need one of your own.

By Katie Macdonald
September 04, 2019
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Honestly, I don’t typically like nut milks. Almond, cashew, walnut—they all taste vaguely watery and soapy to me (and as a food writer, I’ve tried a lot). But here’s the thing: I’d always sampled non-dairy milk from a bottle or a box, never homemade. 

After a friend promised me DIY nut milk made all the difference, I decided to give it a go with one of Amazon’s best-selling food strainers, Ellie's Best Bigger Better Nut Milk bag (full disclosure: it was given to me by the brand). Now, I’ve abandoned my dairy creamer and am even considering trying almond milk with my cereal. I truly have tasted nuttin’ this good before—pun fully intended.

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Made from BPA-free Italian nylon mesh, the bags hold up to four quarts and are designed to easily separate pulp from liquid without double-straining. Plus its extra-strong body, triple seams, and rounded corners ensure it will last for years of use.

If you’re a complete novice like me, the bags come with easy-to-follow instructions for making almond milk. Simply blend soaked nuts, water, and a sweetener of your choice (I liked dates) together, then pour your mixture into the bag over a large bowl or pitcher. From there, twist and secure the top of the bag until the liquid’s just contained and knead the contents—the milk comes out surprisingly fast and kneading keeps the mesh from wearing down.

I tried Ellie’s Nut Milk Bags on a quiet Tuesday night and was genuinely surprised by how easy it was to use—from start to finish, I had almond milk in 20 minutes. It was rich, creamy and tasted nothing like those watery versions I sipped before. 

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If you want more assurance, there are thousands of Amazon shoppers also singing the strainer’s praises. It has over 4,200 perfect five-star reviews on the site, with customers describing how they use the bags for homemade juice, yogurt, cold brew, cheese, and, of course, nut milk.

“Before I bought this milk bag I was trying to use three stacked sieves,” writes one user. “That was a messy no-go, creating almond milk that was horribly grainy. Then I got Ellie's Best Nut Milk Bag and it made all the difference in the world. No more pulp at all! It has made the process of making almond milk so much simpler and always successful. Milk flows through the bag, leaving almost dry pulp behind that can be poured out and stored for baking uses. Using sieves left me with less milk, and wet pulp that absolutely wouldn't dry into flour.”

Another adds how the bags are a durable, cheaper alternative to cheesecloth: “Not only is it far more manageable than the cheesecloth was, but it's still going strong after several months of use (and I make at least two gallons of non-dairy milk with it a week!) and doesn't show any signs of being worse for wear. I figure that by saving me the expense of cheesecloth, this bag has paid for itself AT LEAST 10 times over, and I expect it will continue doing so for a good long while yet.”

And, most importantly, the bag makes delicious-tasting almond milk. “I was using a cheaper, silkier one from my health-foods store that left my almond milk a little pulpy and thick,” says a reviewer. “This bag, however, strains the almond blend super quickly, leaving you with creamy almond milk and absolutely no pulp.” 

Ready to go nuts with your own homemade sips? You can snag one Ellie’s Best bag for $14 or—if you’re planning on making lots of nut milk, juice, and coffee—get a set of five for $45. 

Ellie's Best Pro Quality Nut Milk Bag

To buy: $14; amazon.com.

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