A nut milk bag not only makes it easier to filter home-made plant milk, but can also sift solid ingredients in the production of cheese, syrup and tinctures. Make your own nut milk bag: easy steps below… and enjoy the benefits of nut milk for your health!
Liquid and solid fabrics can also be separated with a simple gauze cloth, which is placed in a sieve, but a bag is easier to handle. Make one yourself from scraps of fabric!
You can also buy a nut milk bag ready. Commercially available bags, however, are usually made of nylon or other synthetic fibres. For a plastic-free alternative, however, you can recycle an old shirt or curtain fabric. Cotton or linen fabric is best, which can be washed hot for thorough cleaning.
Make your own nut milk bag: easy steps
This self-sewn bag also has rounded corners, so that the solids can be easily removed from the bag after filtering. For a bag about 25 by 30 centimetres in size, you need: a 51 x 34 cm piece of thin cotton or linen fabric (if possible already washed so that no residues from the fabric production end up in your almond or oat milk) a 60 cm long piece of cord as drawstring, alternatively another 3 cm narrow and 60 cm long strip of the shirt fabric used For the bag, densely woven, very light fabric is recommended. A thick upholstery material would hinder the dripping of the liquid, while tulle is too permeable for small, solid components.
Here’s how to make the nut milk bag:
- 1. Fold the piece of fabric once longitudinally. Round corners at the bottom, short edge with scissors. A radius of at least five centimetres is recommended. For the most uniform shape possible, you can draw the curves with pencil along a small bowl. Fold up again.
- 2. Clean the edges of the fabric with a zigzag seam. For this purpose, sew directly along the fabric edge, so that the needle sticks to the left into the fabric and just right next to it. Alternatively, you can also sew on the fabric and then cut it off along the seam. Do not damage the thread!
- 3. Fold the piece of fabric lengthways again so that the later outside is inside. Place marks two and a half and four centimetres below the top of the open side, either with pencil or with pins.
- 4. Sew the open edges at the bottom and side along the inner edge of the cleanse seam with a normal stitch. Avoid the marked opening.
- 5. Turn the top edge of the fabric two and a half centimetres towards the inside, iron and then sew tightly at the top of the cleaning seam.
- 6. Turn over the bag.
- 7. If you want to use a strip of fabric as a drawstring, iron the long sides half an inch each. Then fold the strip lengthways and sew it on the open side with a small distance to the edge.
- 8. Now thread the tape using a safety pin. The ends are knotted together. Or you can also thread a cord stopper. Your nut milk bag is ready!
Tip: If you only have smaller scraps of fabric available, you can also use two individual pieces of 26 by 34 centimeters, which you can assemble on one side before further processing.
How to use nut milk bags
The bag can be closed with the drawstring and expressed with the hands or alternatively hung on the tape above the drain ing. Another option is to put the top edge of the bag over a vessel and attach it to it by plybinding the tape.
Use the nut milk bag to separate solid and liquid ingredients in the production of vegetable milk alternatives, homemade quark and cream cheese, healing tinctures, tea, berry and flower syrup and much more. However, it is advisable to filter only foods so that no harmful substances are left behind. If you don’t want to mix up edible substances, it’s better to sew a second bag. It is also worth considering making bags from different fabrics for different fine filtrations.
Tip: To remove stains from the bag and disinfect it, you can simply add one or two tablespoons of eco-friendly oxygen bleach to the laundry.
Author: Genevieve Dumas is a food, fashion, health and beauty writer from New York, who has worked for a range of major magazines.