The basic ratio is 1:4 for nuts:water; it can be less or more water depending on the consistency you want to achieve. It is not necessary to strain some nuts such as hemp seeds, cashew nuts, or pine nuts, as they are very soft and not much pulp remains; therefore I do 1:5 for nuts:water. Because dry coconut is hard and has more fiber, the ideal ratio is 1:2-3 for nuts:water. You may want to soak dry coconut in water for 30 minutes and use slightly warm water if you are in a cold climate, as fat becomes solid in cold water.
- 1. Rinse 1 cup nuts or seeds and soak in plenty of water. Soaking durations vary.
- 2. After soaking, strain and rinse thoroughly.
- 3. Blend them with the desired amount of water in a high-power blender until the nuts or seeds are completely broken down.
- 4. Strain through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth.
- 5. It will last several days in the refrigerator.
- 6. If desired, follow the directions below for variations to enrich and flavor your milk.