Peanut Milk Recipe
Want a decent recipe for it? I looked all over the net until I found something that could be worked into something I consider drinkable:
It tastes a little bizarre the first time, but it's still better than soymilk. You can substitute almonds in this for almond milk too - they have to be RAW almonds.
* 8 cups of water
* 1 cup of UNCOOKED (raw) peanuts
* 5 cardamom pods (optional)
* 5 cloves (optional)
* 8 tbs of sugar or to taste
* 1/8 th tsp salt
* A good blender
* A fine sieve or coffee filter (not paper coffee filter - a reusable metal one)
Put the water, cloves, and cardamom pods into a pot and bring to a boil
Place the peanuts into the blender.
After the water boils for a minute or 2, turn off the heat and place 2 cups of the water into the blender and try to get all the cloves and cardamom pods in as well. You want to chop them up with the peanuts.
BEFORE TURNING ON THE BLENDER, Let the water sit with the peanuts with the blender cover on for about 1 minute. This allows the air in the blender to heat up and EXPAND. You want to do this each time you add hot water into the blender.
Do a short pulse on the blender holding the top down tight since the hot water will heat the air in the blender quickly and pop off the top if you're not careful. Once the air is all warmed up, you can do a long pulse. Do 10 seconds of a straight pulse until the peanuts are liquefied. Let this rest for 5 minutes so the water can soak up the moisture from the peanuts.
Take the mixture and strain the pulp through the filter into a bowl. At this point it will be very thick and difficult to strain, but it will get easier as you go along. Use a spoon to move around the pulp to get it to drain more quickly. You don't need to get all the liquid out, just enough to make room in the blender for more hot water. After you do this, dump the pulp from the filter back into the blender.
Add 2 more cups of water into the blender with the pulp, do a short pulse just to mix it, and go back to straining it. It doesn't need to sit for 5 minutes anymore. Keep returning the pulp to the blender and adding another 2 cups of water, straining, etc, until you've used up all the water.
When you're done the peanut pulp should be like a fine grain in texture. If you have that, you've done it right and I've explained it properly.
Put the liquid into a container and mix in the sugar and salt now. Pop it into the fridge and let it cool down. If you use aspartame or another sugar substitute, it's best to let the mixture cool completely before adding it, since many artificial sweeteners break down in hot water. Aspartame (brand name nutrasweet) is the worst for this. Actually, aspartame becomes toxic at high temperatures, but strangely this is not advertised.
Throw away the pulp, I have no idea what use it is and it's got practically no flavor now anyhow much less nutrients.
I am addicted to this stuff.
The first time I had it, I was a bit overwhelmed by the flavor of peanuts, but I quickly became accustomed to it, and now I make it every 2 days. After a week of drinking this, you'll enjoy it as much as rice milk or horchata both of which I am also addicted to. It's very healthy too, supposedly.
You can buy all the ingredients at any Indian store very inexpensively. If you've never gone into an Indian store, I recommend you do because they have superior quality spices and they are 1/3rd the cost of any "normal" store.
If you don't want to use cardamom or cloves, you can try vanilla extract or even vanilla beans I think - although I've not tried this. Depending on the peanuts you get, you need to add more or less sweetener. I've use saccharine with this, and 4 packets is plenty. Real sugar isn't quite as sweet.