MagicalButter sent me their new fancy-pants MB2e machine which is only available via pre-order at the time of me publishing this post. It is a botanical extractor but can be used for so many different applications, including making your own almond milk!
I thought it was the perfect choice recipe and approach for putting my new machine through my test kitchen but not to worry if you do not have one, just use your blender. You can find my recipe for both techniques here.
“Combining an immersion blender with a programmable thermostat and heating unit, the MB machine is designed to create incredible recipes and botanical infusions with little or no labor. The MagicalButter machine grinds, heats, stirs, and steeps your herbal extract, all at the correct time intervals and temperature for a perfect infusion every time. As a result, you achieve your desired infusion easily, safely, and consistently.”
Included: LoveGlove, PurifyFilter 190, Magical CookBook, Owner’s Manual and 110V power cord.
It was interesting to see how they shifted from the fun bright green colour of the accessories like their LoveGlove to a sophisticated navy blue. I like it!
So exciting! Look at that magnificent “M” for magical on the front of the machine!
When it comes to the machine itself it appears to be very similar to the original one I have put through my test kitchen before. All that I needed really was a foodie idea.
Making Almond Milk
So why almond milk? Well, it is delicious and also… dairy during the pandemic has been hard to get so I figured for those of us who run out, why not learn how to make our own milk substitutes?
You will need: 1 cup almonds, 4 cups water, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 tsp vanilla, 1 tbsp soy lecithin and a pinch of salt.
I soaked the almonds in water overnight in the fridge.
Put in MagicalButter machine or blender.
I did not have any sweetener other than sugar so I added it to the machine. Great thing about MagicalButter Machines is they heat on top of processing the almonds! Also add your vanilla extract.
Why add soy lecithin? It is a super sticky binder that will help prevent the separation of the almond milk.
I always add a pinch of salt. Now it is ready to go!
You can always whiz through your blender but I set my machine to 130F for 1 hour.
Now this machine is noisy and seems to go in sporatic spurts but check it out! Everything is pulverized and heated together.
Strain pulp/meal with the LoveGlove through the PurifyFilter 190. I strained mine into the carafe of my stainless steel percolator for easy pouring.
That strainer is so super fine which you really need when you make almond milk. If you use a regular mesh strainer I also recommend at least one layer of cheesecloth.
Let it come to room temperature and then chill in the fridge.
Absolutely impressive! You may not believe this but I do really like almond milk. In fact back in 2013 I gave an award to Earth’s Own Almond Fresh Coconut milk and gave it five out of five wooden spoons. I actually preferred it to dairy milk!
I used the almond milk in my daily iced decaf mocha and loved it. Yes, it had almond “debris” in it which is going to happen but considering this was homemade, I was blown away.
As usual I did not like it in my cereal, I think I am just a purist this way. Gotta have my Life Cereal old school with real dairy but considering the outcome, I could not be more thrilled. My new MagicalButter MB2e so far? Totally rocks. I bet it did an even better job of making the almond milk because it heats it too. Brilliant.
The Problem With Almond Milk
The big issue with making almond milk is, what the heck to do with the leftover almond meal? My roommate Michelle from Cooking With An Abundant Heart suggested I toast it in a pan and use it for breading food…
I did toast it and have added to meals, especially salads. It has worked fine but after all that processing, there is very little flavour left.
I also decided to use it in a homemade granola.
The granola turned out OK but again, very little left in the way of almond flavour. I can see why people process it and use it is as flour. As a result, I probably will not be making almond milk again unless I do actually run out of dairy milk.
So far so good MagicalButter MB2e machine! I absolutely love the new look and design and am happy to see that the quality of this product is still super high. I have a feeling this is just the beginning of a beautiful foodie friendship. Keep watching! Homemade gummies are coming up soon.