When it comes to almond milk, you basically have two options. You can go to the store and grab a carton, or you can DIY. Packaged almond milk can be watery and packed with fillers, and while homemade almond milk has a creamy-dreamy texture and flavor, it takes hours and involves a lot of gear to make. A new company called NüMilk presents another option.
“It’s a make-your-own vegan milk machine,” Ari Tolwin, co-founder of NüMilk, told me over the phone. NüMilk is the result of a gap in the non-dairy market. There was little to no freshly-made almond milk available at the grocery store, and if there was some for sale, it was really expensive. NüMilk stations mill almonds on demand, making them an affordable way to get fresh, creamy almond milk any time.
Even on a small scale, almond-milk production requires a lot of water and creates a decent amount of food waste. If you’ve made it yourself, you tossed the pulp after squeezing and straining the soaked almonds, right? NüMilk doesn’t run into that problem. “At home you wouldn’t be using a professional piece of equipment to fully mill the almond,” Tolwin said. “With our machine, we use the entire almond, so you’re getting slightly more protein and fiber than if you were when making it at home. Plus you’ll avoid that mess and effort.”
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