I Can’t Believe It Worked…

First off, thank you for all your great responses on my last post, about over-apologizing. I’m glad I’m not the only one who does this!

 

And now, lets get back to food- related things.

This is probably the strangest thing I’ve tried in the kitchen. But I’m proud to say… it actually worked!

 

So I’ve been making my own almond milk lately, which is cool, but I didn’t know how to filter out the little almond bits. (Apparently they make actual bags to filter it, but stick with me here…) It wasn’t an issue for smoothies, but the little granules of almond was a little weird in things like coffee. Wait… Coffee?… hmm

 

My coffee maker has a built in filter. *Insert lightbulb idea*

 

I took the filter out of my coffee maker, and used it to filter the almond milk. (Note, I had previously tried filtering it through a regular coffee filter, and it took FOREVER. This filter thing worked much better.)

Yay! Filtered almond milk!

 

But now I felt like I was wasting some of the almonds. I mean, what was left in the filter was essentially soaked almonds. Seemed like a terrible thing to waste.

And then *lightbulb idea* #2 came up.

My last batch of almond butter was dry. It was more crumbly than smooth (I’m not sure what I did wrong, but I don’t think I roasted the almonds long enough. Lesson learned.)

So, I tossed the almond bits in the vita mix with the crumbly butter… added a little extra salt and…

 

It worked! I now had delicious almond milk, AND delicious almond butter. That, my friends, is a win-win.

 

Isn’t it satisfying when you experiment with something, and it actually works out?

 

In other news, Eric and I went for a long run yesterday, (long for me = 6 miles) and it was great, but my knee hurt pretty badly afterwards. It’s only my left knee but even after icing it for awhile, it still felt pretty sore. I bought a knee-support thing, so I’m hoping that will help.

Anyone have any tips on preventing knee pain? Or thoughts on possible causes? The race is only 2 weeks away, and I don’t want to mess anything up!

 

<3 Liz

 

Comments

  1. Woop woop congrats on your creations :) I deal with knee pain a lot and the only thing that’s helped is rest and icing

  2. I always get super smug when stuff like that works out. Nicely done! :)

  3. So cool that you made your own almond milk! I want to make my own almond butter, but need a more heavy duty food processor or these vita mix things I keep hearing so much about.

    As far as the knee pain, it could be an infinite number of problems to general soreness to something more serious that needs a few days or even a week’s break. Keep icing and if it hurts at all during your next run, stop. I made the mistake of pushing through before and it ended in months of not being able to run and plenty of physical therapy – not fun. I hope the knee brace works for you!

    • Thanks for the advice!! I think I’m going to take it easy on the running this week, and then see how it feels next week. Like you said, I don’t want it to turn into something worse!

      And yes, a Vitamix is the BEST for making homemade nut butter!!

  4. Next time you make almond butter I would suggest processing them longer. Mine was dry, but a few more minutes whizzing away sometimes helps to smooth it out.

  5. You’re creative :)…what recipe do you use to make your own almond milk?

  6. Great idea to make almond butter out of the bits! I’m sorry about your knee pain. I had TERRIBLE knee tendonitis last year, and it took me 6 months to overcome. It came back a couple months ago, but this time, I iced it every day for about 30 minutes all-together, kept it elevated at all time, and I stopped all forms of running. I really hope you don’t have tendonitis, but my best advice would be to rest as much as possible.

  7. Your creation sounds INCREDIBLE!!!! You have the best ideas! :D

    xoxox
    Kathleen

  8. I think I am going to give making almond milk a go this week, and great idea using up the almond meal for almond butter. How many times can I use almond it one sentence! Ha.

  9. woohoo! i LOVe that feeling!! nothing goes to waste for you!

  10. The five questions I asked each “potential” (what I used to call guys that could become my boyfriend) are posted on my blog. Bahahahahaa.
    And this food looks amazing.
    Mainly because I am starving my ass off right now.

    http://glamkittenslitterbox.blogspot.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  11. don’t you just love when that happens?! i brilliant idea becomes a brilliant reality ;)

    awesome! glad it made almond butter perfection!

    xo.

  12. thats awesome! I definitely love when that happens!

  13. Ok now, I thought I was good by DRINKING almond milk, but ya have to go and one up me by MAKING IT YOURSELF?! Psh! haha jk that is awesome, I never would have thought of making it! Great idea :)

  14. Love the creativity of using the coffee filter!! I would have totally give up haha

  15. I envy your prowess in the kitchen. Go you!

    I’m sad to report that I have a lot of knowledge about knee pain. How you treat depends on where the pain is. Feel free to email me and I might be able to help. I’ve been to a ton of doctors and physical therapists for my knee pain so I could give you pointers if your pain is like mine.

  16. Woo for self-sufficiency! It’s so funny how many things people don’t think they can make on their own. Most things, once you take out the preservatives, colorings, and filler, are actually so simple. I remember the time I first made hummus…there were many victory dances that night.

    Of course, there are plenty of times when you pay for the convenience and the time saved, but I like knowing I -could- make something if I really wanted to.

  17. Oh man! Almond butter/milk is all the rage these days, and I’m allergic to nuts! I’m hunting for a substitute, because the friendship between dairy and I is rapidly declining…

    Your poor old knee! I’m no expert on injuries, so I have no advice, but I do hope it lets up in time for your race! It’s awful when you look forward to/train for something and then all of a sudden you can’t do it.

  18. You have every right to pat yourself on the back! I’m glad the almond butter worked out. :) Homemade almond milk is miles better than the store-bought stuff, but I’ve never tried to make almond butter before.

  19. Wow-you’ve outdone anything i’ve tried to do!!!!! I need to try and make almond butter-although I’m not sure it would turn out all that well!

  20. So creative! What a good way to avoid waste and get some yummy tasting food :)

  21. hey sweet one! are you free any next week? shoot me a text!!!

Speak Your Mind

*

CommentLuv badge