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Old 05-27-2010, 05:54 AM
~Veggie Mystic~ ~Veggie Mystic~ is offline
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Almond Milk Separation/Curdle

Greetings All,

Any suggestions as to why almond milk separates and what to do about it?
I add almonds, filtered water, vanilla bean and a pinch of sea salt to make.

Is it a temperature thingie?

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L
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Old 05-27-2010, 07:33 AM
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Just a quick shake blends it again. It may be a fat-water issue. It won't curdle like milk, so you can add it to many things like teas. I love it in smoothies One thing I have learned, is to appreciate raw food for its own value, and not expect it to take the place of something else (like cow's milk). When your body feels so much better eating right, it learns to appreciate and crave those things that are healthy. Have fun on your adventure in raw foods.
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Old 05-27-2010, 07:42 PM
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Curdle Almond Milk

I use it in my yogi tea... and it curdles. I recall even the tetra packed soy would do the same.

Any ideas?

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Old 05-27-2010, 08:57 PM
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To avoid that your almond (or other nuts/seeds) milk separates, you can also add some lecithin (sunflower or non GMO soy) while blending.
Your are completely right Pat, it's an issue of water/fat miscibility and lecithin enables to stabilize the emulsion.
Otherwise, I usually give a quick shake before using.
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:38 PM
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The fact that your almond milk curdles in your tea should be something similar to what happens with cow milk: the tannins of the tea (same thing with coffee) precipitates some milk proteins (by lowering the pH as does for example lemon juice or lactic bacteria). The well kown French 'cafe au lait' (latte coffee) is thus said to be not easily digestible.
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Old 05-28-2010, 05:06 AM
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Lecithin

AAAAhhhh.....

Thank you for the info.
would I use liquid or powdered lecithin?
I have the powdered.

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Old 05-28-2010, 11:29 AM
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That's so interesting about the tannins, wow. When I used rice milk in tea it often separated but I always chalked it up to temperature. Nifty what you learn...
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Old 05-29-2010, 08:55 PM
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Thumbs up lecithin in nut milks...

That is a good idea, to use lecithin to stabilize a nut milk! I had not thought of that, but will have to try it with chocolate nut milk.. It would likely make it even more creamy, also.. :-)

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Old 06-06-2010, 07:32 AM
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lecithin

I tried lecithin in almond milk. It worked real well. Used about a tablespoon for a quart (probably could use less) next I will try sunflower seed.
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Old 06-06-2010, 07:20 PM
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Lecithin

Was it liquid or powder?

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Old 06-06-2010, 08:10 PM
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Both will work well. Just avoid the granules because it will not mix very well (or you will have to mix a long time).
And lecithin has to be stored in a cool area (I store it in the fridge in a glass container), otherwise it will become rancid and have a bad taste.
Pat, I am glad you like your almond milk with lecithin.
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:45 AM
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Was it liquid or powder?

Blessings,
L
I used the granules. Just put it back into the blender after straining through the nut bag (from Sirova). I also add a little stevia and a couple of drops of vanilla.

I have a question about the sunflower. What form is that in? Now that I reread the posts, I don't see that suggestion.

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Old 06-07-2010, 09:21 AM
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It is just that can find soy lecithin or sunflower lecithin, but the later one is still difficult to find in the US. You can buy it online at the Raw Food World store.
You can take a look at this thread:
http://www.rawfreedomcommunity.info/...light=lecithin
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:44 AM
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Sunflower Lecithin

Here are 2 sources in the States. There seem to be many more

Out of Florida
www.austradeinc.com/sunflower-lecithin.html

or Ojai, CA
http://www.therawfoodworld.com/index...s_id=10027 47

These are Non GMO and much less allergy prone than soy.
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