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8 Uses for a Nut Milk Bag + Almond Milk Recipe

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Last Updated on July 2, 2024

These 8 uses for a nut milk bag show how surprisingly versatile this kitchen product is! I’m also sharing my favorite almond milk recipe (to, you know, use the milk nut bag for).

Nut bags for making milk are surprisingly versatile! Even if you don’t drink almond milk, an almond milk bag can come in handy for making zero waste coffee, tea, and more! I’ll walk you through how to make dairy free milk in a bag at home to save money and waste less. Best of all, it tastes delicious and is easily customizable to your tastes.

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This post was sponsored by Gaia Guy. I received a nut milk bag and a set of glass straws to try for free. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my full disclosure for more information.   

the versatility of a nut milk bag

You might think that a milk bag doesn’t belong in a minimalist’s kitchen, or that making milk in a bag sounds gross. I had a similar thought at one time. But, friend you are so, so wrong. My almond milk bag has replaced my juicer, cheesecloth, and coffee maker. Read on, folks — read on. 

A couple of months ago, someone emailed me about finding a nut milk bag made out of a natural fiber. They were only finding synthetic ones. After searching, I came across Gaia Guy. I have to admit — I had a synthetic one from my PZW days. I didn’t use it very often… mostly because I melted it. Alas, the problem with synthetics. 

I decided it was time to move on from my melted synthetic mess into the realm of compostable and sustainable nut milk bags. So I picked up a hemp and a cotton one to try. I also picked up some glass straws.

nut bags for making milk and more

Utilizing nut bags for making milk seems like an excessive item to keep around a minimalist’s home until you realize they can be used for so much more.

While I do use my nut bags for making milk (which saves money and waste), I also use my milk nut bag to make a bunch of other stuff. I’ve even taken it to the bulk store to load up on — you guessed it — more almonds!

There can be some things to consider when choosing nut bags for making milk, though, so read on for some considerations to take before choosing one for yourself.

almonds soaking before being placed in nut bags for making milk

nut milk bag vs cheesecloth

Back to nut milk bags — juice, cheese, coffee!? 

In the nut milk bag vs cheesecloth debate, the bag wins every time. Why?

Milk bags tend to be made of stronger fabric, with a higher thread count, making them more durable (and more versatile) than cheesecloth. The bags allow for a higher level of filtration (less fall through!), and less blowout than cheesecloth does. Plus, it’s easy to clean and reuse!

If you’re debating between a nut milk bag vs cheesecloth, I would definitely recommend the almond milk bag if possible.

A napkin with a brownie on it and a glass of nut milk in bag

uses for a milk bag


That’s right, friends. A juicer is an enormous piece of machinery, and I already have a food processor AND a blender. I just can’t deal with another pulverizing countertop machine. 

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I have a really nice blender. Probably the pride and joy of my kitchen. That thing works miracles. Instead of juicing, I place all of my fruits and veggies in the blender with water. I pulverize it to my heart’s content, then strain using a nut milk bag. All of the pulp stays in the bag and you’re left with juice!

Almond pulp leftover after straining an almond milk bag.

Before you compost the pulp, google recipes you can make with it. I can recommend these veggie pulp “meat”balls


I have used the bags to sprout millet to make rejuvelac, but I have never actually made sprouts. It is next on my list, though. I love sprouts! I’m always so excited to get a Mr. Cali at my sandwich shop around the corner because it is loaded with sprouts. 

I will make sure and give you a full update on my sprout making experience. 


I don’t have a coffee maker. Thankfully, I don’t need one! I put 1/4 – 1/2 a cup of coffee grounds in my nut milk bag. Then, I place the bag in a 32oz mason jar and pour piping hot water from my tea kettle over the top. I leave the jar on the counter while I sleep and I wake up to coffee!

A milk nut bag being used for over the top coffee.


Real cheese or vegan cheese — a nut milk bag completely replaces cheesecloth. I have made ricotta and cashew cheese with this. It is brilliant. It’s also very easy to clean. 


A nut milk bag is basically a giant tea bag. Justin loves it when I make sweet tea. But I stopped because it was so difficult to make it using the three small tea balls we had.

Thanks to the nut milk bag, I can put 1/4 cup of loose leaf tea inside. I place the bag inside of an old milk bottle and pour piping hot sugar water on top.

Tea being made by pouring hot water over loose leaf tea in a nut milk bag over a mug.

After it steeps, remove the nut milk bag and place the jar in the fridge. Put the tea leaves in the compost, wash the bag, and you’re done. Viola! A giant batch of sweet tea. 


In a pinch, you can even use one of these bags to bring home goodies from a bulk bin. I have definitely done this when there are lots of bulk items on sale and I needed to stock up. 


Soups, stews, wines, ciders, and simmering liquids of any sort are often enhanced by a sachet of herbs or spices. Throw your mixture in a nut milk bag that can be reused over and over again. Let the sachet simmer and remove it when it’s time to serve. The nut milk bag keeps it conveniently bundled for easy removal. 

If you’re in a pinch for making nut milk or nut cheese, you can put your nuts in the bag and boil them. It will soften the nuts without the time it takes to soak. It also conveniently acts as a colander. One less dish to dirty is always an A+ in my book. 

nut milk: 

And then, you can obviously use it for nut milk too! Did you know that store bought almond milk has less than 1% of almonds in it? That’s crazy. Why not make it yourself? It’s so much cheaper and far tastier.

Almonds being blended before being put strained through nut bags for making milk.

I remember the first time my mom brought home almond milk. She’s also allergic to dairy. She was very excited to have found a non-dairy milk with half the calories of soy. I tried it and hated it. It tasted horrible. 

If you’ve had store bought almond milk, don’t be turned off. Homemade is very, very simple to make — and tastes SO much better. 

3 Ingredient Almond Milk

This is the best almond milk recipe. It’s simple to pull off and only requires 3 ingredients!

  • 1/2 Cup of Almonds
  • 3 Cups of Water
  • 1 Tablespoon of Maple Syrup 
Nut pulp being strained through an almond milk bag.

how to make the best nut milk in bag

My 3 ingredient almond milk is so much better than what you can buy at the store. Plus, with bulk-bought almonds, it’s much more cost effective!

Buy a couple of pounds and prepare to enjoy the best almond milk you’ve ever had — you’ll use it for everything!

step 1: soak and rinse

Soak 1/2 cup of almonds for at least 8 hours. Then, rinse the almonds until the water runs clear.

step 2: blend

Put the almonds in a high power blender with the water. Blend for one minute. Add the maple syrup and pulse several times to combine.

step 3: strain

Strain through a nut milk bag.

That’s it! It’s so simple. Now, you’ll have almond pulp left over. Save the pulp! You could try making these raw brownies which are sooo delicious. 

Nut milk doesn’t keep very long in the fridge. It typically lasts 3-4 days. So, I like to freeze it in an ice cube tray (2 tablespoons). Once the cubes are set, I store them in a mason jar in the freezer. 

Supplies needed to make 3 ingredient almond milk.

I can easily remove the perfect amount for a recipe, or I can use it for my favorite trick…

In the morning I will fill a 16oz mason jar with the almond milk ice cubes, then pour my coffee on top. Iced coffee to-go! As the ice cubes melt, I’m left with a delicious iced almond milk latte.

Boom. Sometimes, I’ll have it with a brownie.

Who knew so much magic existed all from a nut milk bag

faqs about milk nut bags

what else can i add to almond milk to add flavor?

I like my things simple, but even my super simple 3 ingredient almond milk includes maple syrup to add a little sweetness to it! You could also add vanilla extract or cinnamon if you want to add some extra flair.

can you work with high temperatures with a milk bag?

Traditional milk bags are made out of nylon or polyester — meaning they’ll melt if you use boiling liquids or other high temperatures. However, Gaia Guy bags are made of hemp or cotton, meaning you can use hot liquids without fear of melting. Just beware of open flames 🙂

can you make other alternative milks with an almond milk bag?

Oh, sure! You can follow almost this exact recipe to make your own cashew milk if that’s your jam. I personally don’t love cashew milk, though, so I’ve never tried it myself. Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever used your nut bag to make an alternative nut milk.

what’s the best material for a milk bag?

Choose something made out of certified organic cotton whenever possible! Cotton fibers are strong, durable, and soft. And while synthetic fibers can also be strong, durable, and soft, organic cotton is also eco-friendly and sustainable for the environment. And that’s the whole point of a nut bag to begin with, isn’t it?

Yield: 3 cups

3 Ingredient Almond Milk

3 Ingredient Almond Milk

The best almond milk recipe that uses only 3 ingredients!

Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tbs maple syrup


  1. Soak almonds for 8 hours, then rinse until water runs clear.
  2. Blend wet almonds with your water until creamy.
  3. Add maple syrup and pulse a few times.
  4. Strain through milk bag and refrigerate or freeze.

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  1. Wow! I’m so excited about the juicing one!!! Didn’t even think about that option! So exciting and so easy. All of these are great ideas, thanks so much for this blog!

  2. Oh as for the coffee that you do overnight… Is it cold by the morning then? Do you put a lid on it? I love my coffee nice and hot so would that not work?

    1. I put a lid on it. You could let it sit on the counter which would make it room temperature. It definitely won’t be hot. You’d have to heat it up either stove top or microwave.

  3. This is so great! I will try but I am no big fan of almond milk so I might try with hazelnut, do you think it will do?

    1. You got my mind wheels turning. Doing hazelnuts and adding chocolate you could almost make a nutella type hot cocoa…. mmmmm… please report back on the hazelnuts. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work!

  4. How long would I need to boil the almonds for, instead of soaking them? Also I’ve heard making cold brew coffee this way is excellent. If you haven’t heard about cold brew, check it out. You’ll probably really like it

  5. Hey Kathryn! I’m ruby, I was wondering when you freeze the almond milk and keep it in the freezer, how long does it last without spoiling?

  6. Hey Kathryn! I’m ruby, I was wondering when you freeze the almond milk and keep it in the freezer, how long does it last without spoiling?

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