I’ve been making my own Almond Milk and Meal for over a year now. It is one of the simplest, most reliable and most money-saving food tricks I’ve discovered. But with my new pecan orchard giving me absolutely free pecans I figured I might be able to improve on this success by making Pecan Milk and Meal.
So I soaked the nuts over night to get off the enzymes which stop absorption of all the goodies by human guts, The pecans didn’t increase in volume like the dried almonds – 1/2 cup nuts yielded 1/2 cup nuts after a night of soaking and then draining.
Next I blended my nuts with clean water (not the water they soaked in) at a 1-3 ratio (1/2 cup of nuts to 1 1/2 cups water) the same ratio I use with almonds.
Then sieved them yielding 1 1/2 cups of pecan milk…
and no pecan meal 😦
The pecan milk is much thicker than the almond milk. The flesh of the nut crushes into a pulp more than grinds into meal; presumably because the pecan nut is fresh, not dried. I did a couple more batches with larger quantities and ended up with some pecan meal, less than what I’d get with dried almonds, but still some meal. So I get great milk (very creamy and the taste is fantastic) and a fair amount of meal. Since it’s totally free I’m not complaining but I may use less meal in my baking as a result. A small price to pay for something so natural, fresh, tasty and cheap (as in free).