What are the best nut milk bags?
The best nut milk bags have fine filter and straining capabilities.
They’re also reusable, easy to clean, long-lasting and large enough for big batches (about 23 cm or 9″ square).
If you’re looking to buy a milk bag, you probably already know that fresh homemade almond milk (or your other favorite nut milk!) is so much better than store-bought varieties.
You’ll enjoy creamy and nutritious results when you make your own nut milk with one of these special food grade filter bags.
Getting the best nut milk bag will help you make the smoothest milk from nuts, oates, coconut, rice and seeds. But, you’ll also be opening up your kitchen to other tasty homemade creations like fresh cold brew coffee, yoghurt, cheese, and special juices like celery and aloe vera juice.
What could be healthier or more cost effective?
Oh, and the process looks so beautiful you’ll be inspired to create and share gorgeous photos and video!
They really need a new name for this versatile, low-tech multi-purpose kitchen tool. You’ll see these called a nut milk bag, nut bag, nut milk strainer, almond milk bag, or nut milk filter. None of the names really do it justice, because it has so many uses!
Since you’ll be using it for so many things, you need to buy a nut milk bag that is made of fine material that’s durable – not just an average food strainer or mesh filter bag.
We’ve created this buying guide and ‘top picks list’ for you, so you can confidently buy the best nut milk bag that will suit your kitchen ambitions.
Let’s do this!
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What is a nut milk bag?
A nut milk bag is basically a special fabric bag that you strain your blended ingredients through, to separate the liquids from the pulp or fibre. As the name suggests is particularly useful in straining nut milk.
How do I choose a nut milk bag?
Other than personal preference, there are a couple of things to consider:
You’ll squeeze and pull your nut milk bag when you use it. So it needs to be strong and durable, if you want it to last. The material it’s made of is a factor. Nylon is the strongest, hemp and cotton generally come in second, and cheesecloth is the weakest. But, the quality of the manufacturing matters just as much! We generally recommend commercial grade bags. That’s the safest way to know they’re durable.
Larger options will allow for more versatile use of your nut milk bag. You can make both a small and large quantity in a large bag. But, you’ll only be able to make small quantities in a small bag. Once the bag is smaller than about 23 cm (9 inches), you could be limiting your options.
The best nut milk bags are easy to clean. You really don’t want something that takes long (or is impossible) to fully clean. Avoid bags that have deep seam overlaps, because it’s harder to get particles out of them even after you turn the bag inside out. If the bag has a draw string, you’ll want it the string hole to open on the outside (not on the inside) to reduce the chances of particles going inside the fold.
This comes down to your preference. Most bags are rectangular or rounded, which is easy to clean and handle. Some have a V shape, which can be harder to clean.
To put this simply, how large are the little holes between the threads of your bag’s material? A bag with a fine nylon mesh will only let through very fine particles. A loose cheesecloth bag will let through more particles, including larger ones. Go for a fine bag if you want to avoid seeing sediment settling in the bottom of your milk, juice, or cold brew coffee.
Are you an influencer or a blogger? Maybe you want to create an vegan blog, online training program, stock photography series, or a healthy video channel? If so, consider the look and visual aesthetic of the bag. Is it photogenic? The most photogenic bags aren’t heavily branded and have a natrual fabric look (i.e. not looking like nylon mesh).
The easiest way to choose a nut milk bag is to browse through our list of recommended bags.
We’ve developed our ‘top picks’ short list based on the durability, size, cleaning, shape and filtration characteristics… just for you!
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Which nut milk bag is best?
The best nut milk bags have fine filter and straining capabilities.
They’re also reusable, easy to clean, long-lasting and large enough for big batches (at least 23 cm or 9″).
Why should you buy a nut milk bag?
You should buy a nut milk bag if one of these benefits matters to you:
- Incredible taste: Fresh, rich and creamy. Homemade nut and plant milks are incredibly delicious. And if you’re into yoghurt and cheese, you’ll be able to enjoy the taste of international and traditional recipes that you just can’t buy in the shops. Oh, and the juice flavours you can create are only limited by your imagination!
- Zero waste: Sick of the cartons and bottles piling up? Get a nut milk bag and start making your own nut milk, juice, yoghurt and cheese at home. You’ll cut your packaging waste right down!
- Allergy safe: You’ll know what you’re putting into your recipe, and into your body!
- Fun: Are you looking to ground yourself and your loved ones in a healthy, wholesome and peaceful activity? Don’t be surprised when your nut milk bag becomes your new happy place!
How does a nut milk bag work?
What the nut milk bag does is separate the liquid from the solid ingredients you have used for your nut milk, juice, cold brew coffee, yoghurt or cheese.
The material of the bag has tiny holes that act like a fine filter or strainer.
What is the best way to squeeze the bag?
Instead of squeezing your nut milk bag, you’ll actually knead it!
The best way to do this is to twist the opening of the bag closed. Then tighten it until the contents of the bag have come together but aren’t so tight that you can’t move the contents around inside if you try to knead it.
Hold the twisted end closed, then begin kneading the contents of the bag back and forth. This will work the milk or juice liquid out of the pulp as you knead.
As you go, the volume of contents inside the bag will reduce. Tighten the bag gently as this happens, to keep the contents together inside the bag.
Repeat this process until no more liquid comes out of the pulp and fibre left inside the bag.
You will be amazed at the difference between this method and just squeezing the bag! Your milk or juice will come out much faster.
Because moving the pulp around inside the bag scrapes fine materials away from the inside surface of the bag, making it easier for the liquids to escape through the fabric.
This method works really well and it also reduces wear and tear on your bag. Bonus!
What are nut milk bags made of?
Nut milk bags are made of nylon, cotton or hemp.
Nylon is commonly considered to be the best material because it’s extremely durable, easy to clean and can be made food grade BPA-free.
This type of fabric is also stretch resistant, so your bag won’t lose its shape over time. Nylon bags are very resistant to odors and stains as well.
The one downside with nylon is that it’s not organic or biodegradable.
Still, these bags work well for a very long time and are usually machine washable too. That makes clean up a breeze!
These qualities keep your recipes away from viruses, bacteria and harmful chemicals.
Cotton is a strong, natural and biodegradable bag fabric.
You can wash cotton easily by hand, and some bags can be machine washed too.
If you want a super eco-friendly bag, an organic cotton nut milk bag could suit you.
You can expect an organic cotton bag to gernally be made from organic cotton, undyed, unbleached, non-GMO, vegan, and processed without any harmful chemicals.
One of the most durable eco-friendly organic cotton nut milks bags is the ‘Lovetree Organic Cotton Nut Milk Bag‘ pack made by Bellamei. It’s one of our top picks. You’ll get four bags in each pack, which is a bonus!
Hemp fibres are generally stronger than cotton and last longer.
Despite its strength, it’s still quite flexible.
In theory, hemp has the potential to be an outstanding material for nut milk bags.
You will not find a hemp bag in our current top picks list though. Why? Because none of the hemp bags that are currently on the market are durable enough for our standards. We want to recommend bags that will last.
If you want a hemp nut milk bag, in our opinion the best bag in this category is the Lovetree Products Hemp Nut Milk Bag. The Gourmeo Hemp Nut Milk Bag is also a good choice, but it’s selling out fast so we’re not sure how much longer it will be available!
Hemp is a great fabric, so we’re always on the look out for a commercial grade bag worth recommending. If you find one, please contact us.
In summary, nut milk bags are made of nylon, cotton and hemp with each type of material having its own unique characteristics.
Which type will you buy?
Note: We haven’t listed cheesecloth here because you shouldn’t use cheesecloth for nut milk bags.
Are nut milk bags reusable?
Most nut milk bags available online are reusable. They’re mostly made of fabrics that can be used, washed, and reused again many times.
Your nut milk bag isn’t reusable when the stitches in the seams have been broken, or if there are holes in the fabric.
How long do nut milk bags last?
Good quality nut milk bags can last years of regular use, but bad quality bags and cheesecloth bags can last only two uses!
That’s why we took the effort to focus on long-lasting commercial grade bags when we selected our top picks.
You can make your bag last as long as possible if you clean it gently but really well.
How do you clean a nut milk bag?
Just turn your nut milk bag out and rinse it under running warm water. Hand wash it in a mild soap with warm water, then air dry. You can also put it in the washing machine with a mild detergent. Don’t ever put it in the dryer!
If you want to keep your new nut milk bag perfect and clean after every use, check out our nut milk bag cleaning guide!
Is it cheaper to make almond milk?
It isn’t cheaper to make almond milk, if you compare your delicious homemade almond milk to the cheapest bargain basement shop-bought UHT ‘almond milk’.
But, who wants to drink that? Shop bought milks are padded with gums, lecithins, carrageenan, and other ingredients like harsh preservatives.
So, is that a fare comparison anyway?
Your average recipe requires 1 cup of almonds, 1 date, and 3 cups of water.
You should be able to source the ingredients for total cost of about $1.50 (£1.21), unless your ingredients are organic.
What do you get?
About 710 ml (24oz) of glorious homemade almond milk plus about half a cup of fresh almond meal we can use in other recipes. Almond meal costs between $12.5 to $27.5 (£10 to £22) per kilo, so we really shouldn’t discount it!
A 1L UHT carton of basic Blue Diamond Almond Milk is about $1.90 USD (£1.50).
So, overall, the cost of making almond milk is pretty similar to mid range priced shop-bought milk.
But the quality and taste? Priceless!
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How long does homemade almond milk last?
Although it’s best fresh, homemade almond milk will last for up to 3 days in the fridge.
To make sure your homemade milks last as long as possible, you need to clean your nut milk bag thoroughly between uses. Clean your bottles well too.
Good bag and storage bottle cleaning will get rid of any contamination that could sour your precious milk prematurely.
What do you do with the nuts after making nut milk?
You can do a lot of things with the left over nut and seed pulp after you’ve made nut milk or plant milk.
It will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
You can store your nut meal for longer if you dry it in the oven or in a food dehydrator before putting it in the fridge in an air tight container. This will give you a crumbly meal that you can use in recipes or sprinkle over meals. It’s great on breakfast cereal!
Alternative uses for nut milk bags
Beyond almond milk, the alternative uses for nut milk bags include:
- nut milks like cashew milk, macadamia milk, hazel nut milk, pecan nut milk, pistachio milk
- plant and seed milks like oat milk, sesame milk, rice milk, pea milk, barley milk and coconut milk
- juice including celery juice and aloe vera juice
- cold brew coffee
- nut milk bag sprouts
- yoghurt and labneh
- beauty treatments (e.g. rye flour shampoo)
How do you use a nut milk bag for juicing?
You’ll make juice super-fast is you use a nut milk bag!
Just wash your produce and cut it into small enough pieces for your blender. Blend the produce for 60 seconds or until all of the ingredients are pulverised.
Hold you nut milk bag over a jar or pitchen, then pour the juice into the bag.
Kneed and squeeze all of the liquid from the bag.
And you’re done!
This works for all types of juices, including aloe vera juice and celery juice.
How do you make cold brew with a nut milk bag?
Making cold brew coffee with a nut milk bag is a total game changer!
Just load the ground coffee into your bag, tie it closed, and submerge it into a jug or sealed pitcher of filtered water.
Let the coffee brew for 8-24 hours (depending on your coffee) at a room temperature of 20 to 25 °C or colder.
Finally, simply pull the nut milk bag out and serve it or store it in the fridge!
How do you make nut milk bag sprouts?
It’s easy to make nut milk bag sprouts!
Simply add a tablespoon of your desired sprouting seeds to your nut milk bag.
Drop your nut milk bag into a bowl of water, and let it soak for the amount of time indicated on the sprouting chart (usually 6-8 hours).
Then, pull the nut milk bag out of the water and hang it to drain at room temperature in a place that is away from direct sunlight.
Rinse your sprouts a couple times a day until they are ready. Your sprouts are ready when the length of the sprout is about the same size or twice as big as the seed.
Sprouts are an incredibly healty food that adds vitamins, enzymes and minerals to your diet. They’re easy and cheap to make if you use your new nut milk bag!
How do you strain yogurt with a nut milk bag?
To strain yoghurt with a nut milk bag, simply pour or spoon the yoghurt into the bag and let the liquid drain through naturally.
Don’t squeeze or kneed the bag! Instead, fold the nut milk bag over the edge of a bowl and spoon the yoghurt out widely across it.
You can strain yoghurt as part of your homemade yoghurt process, or to create greek yoghurt or labneh from basic yoghurt.
Draining the liquid off the yoghurt increases the protein content of your yoghurt. Strained yoghurts like labneh don’t curdle when you heat them, so they’re great for use in cooking.
So there you have it!
You now know almost everything you need to know to buy a nut milk bag and make the most of it!
Which one will you buy? To be safe, buy one of our top picks.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Here are some common questions that people ask when they’re deciding to buy a nut milk bag.
Do you have to soak nuts before making milk?
You don’t have to soak nuts before making milk, but it is best to soak them for at least 12 hours before blending if it’s possible.
As an alternative, you can try to blend your nuts with very hot water. Then, let it cool before you strain it through the nut milk bag.
It doesn’t always work well and we don’t recommend it, but it’s an option.
Is homemade oat milk healthy?
Yes! Homemade oat milk is a healthy option, especially for people with dietary restrictions.
Since it’s generally made using just just oats, water and your nut milk bag, it’s vegan and free of allergens like soy, nuts, and dairy.
Oats are also gluten-free. This is great news if you have gluten intolerance or allergies. If you do, make your homemade oat milk with certified gluten-free oats. Why? Because oats can be processed in the same factories as gluten-containing grains, which may contaminate the oats.
Homemade oat milk generally contains beta-glucans — a soluble fiber that may offer heart health benefits.
Oat milk that you buy from the store may have added sugar as well as small amounts of oils, gums or stabilizers. In contrast, your homemade oat milk will not have these ingredients unless you choose to add them!
Compared with homemade and shop-bought almond milks, you can expect that your oat milk will have a more fibre per serving on average.
Some shop-bought oat milks have small amounts of added vitamins and minerals. Your oat milk will not have such ingredients (e.g. riboflavin) unless you add them, so keep that in mind as part of your healthy nutrition routine.
Overall, homemade oat milk can be included and enjoyed as part of a healthy, well-balanced diet that also features plenty of colorful produce, healthy fats and protein.
Are nut milk bags dishwasher safe?
Yes, most bags are dishwasher safe.
But, we don’t recommend using your dishwasher to clean your nut milk bag. Why? Because food particles can get caught in the bag material.
Don’t let your bag dry inside the dishwasher. They should be hung up to dry in a well ventilated area, preferably with direct sunlight. This will help to sanitise them, and prevent mould and bacteria finding a home.
Is cheesecloth the same as a nut milk bag?
Cheesecloth isn’t the same as a nut milk bag!
Cheesecloth doesn’t have the very fine filter you need for the richest, creamiest milk.
Your average cheesecloth is about 80 mesh. In other words, you’ll find 80 openings between the threads if you count the number within one square inch of material.
In contrast, the nut milk bags we recommend are super fine filters. We’re generally talking about 150 to 200 holes per square inch of fabric.
As you can imagine, this means nut milk bags have very small holes between lots of threads! These small holes will only let smaller particles through, so you’re creating a fine creamy milk. The higher thread count generally makes the fabric stronger too.
You can expect cheesecloth to break down after being used once or twice, even with super gentle hand washing. Then you’ll need to thow it away.
Cheesecloth isn’t the same as nut milk bags because it’s weaker and doesn’t have a fine filtration capability.
Can I use cheesecloth instead of a nut milk bag?
Firstly, you’re risking blow-outs if you use cheesecloth. When your cheesecloth splits and drops pulp into your milk, you have to start all over again.
Cheesecloth generally doesn’t last for more than a couple of uses, and it doesn’t survive washing very well either. It breaks down very quickly because the fibres are brittle and weak.
If you want to use it, prepare yourself for the inconvenience and expense of buying the fabric or cheesecloth bags over and over and over as they fall apart. Not cool!
Nut milk bags will last, giving you perfect results over and over again.
Overall, cheesecloth isn’t the same as a nut milk bag. It’s best to keep it for decorative use only!
*Note: You’ll often see the word ‘cheesecloth’ in cotton and nylon bag product tags. Why? Because people search for this term when they think of nut milk. So, some sellers just add the tag so they show up in search results!
Can I use my nut milk bag with boiling liquids?
Most nut milk bags are designed to be used for straining low temperature food products, so we don’t recommend you use your bag for high temperatures.
If your bag is made with nylon material or stitching, the nylon will have a softening point of around 190 degrees celsius (374 degrees Fahrenheit). Your bag could break!
Because of the risk of damage to the bag, most manufacturer warranties doesn’t cover use for high temperature applications.
How do you make a nut milk bag?
If you want to make a nut milk bag, you’ll need a sewing machine or overlocker and fabric sissors.
Here are the next steps:
- Purchase a high quality cotton or nylon fabric with at least ‘100 mesh’ filtration capability, and a high thread count. An undyed and unbleached hemp organic cotton muslin (7.5oz / 212g). Stores will sell it in minimum lengths of 0.5 m, generally. This will cost about $8.4 USD (£6.82) plus postage. If you want a nylon bag, be sure to get a quality food grade BPA free nylon with that is at least 100 mesh standard! It will usually come at a similar cost.
- Buy a 50 weight organic cotton thread, which usually comes in lengths of 300 yards. This will cost about $6.45 USD (£5.15) plus postage.
- Buy organic cotton or food-grade BPA-Free nylon cord for the drawstring. This shouldn’t cost you more than $3 USD (£2.4), excluding postage.
- Cut the fabric to your desired shape. We recommend you make your bag 23 cm (9 inches) square, plus extra for the seam and to allow for the draw string (if you’re having one). Try not to have deep seams because this makes it harder to clean the bag! Also, put your seams on the outside of your bag. It doesn’t look nice but it will make your DIY bag easier to clean.
- Sew a 1/2” button hole on each piece so you have a hole for your drawstring. Then, open each button hole.
- Sew around the outside edge of your bag, leaving the top edge open (where the button holes are).
- Turn down the top edge by 3/8” (1 cm) towards the outside, and press. Turn down again by 1” (2.5 cm) and press. Along the first fold, edge stitch to create a casing for the cord.
- Thread your cotton cord through the casing using a safety pin, and then tie both ends together.
Why bother with all the fuss and extra expense?
Buy a nut milk bag from our top quality list. You’ll have one that’s just as good or even better as your DIY bag, and you’ll be making nut milk as soon as the parcel arrives!
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Does Walmart sell nut milk bags in store?
We checked with Walmart on the 1st of July 2020, and they didn’t have any nut milk bags in store.
They only sold them online.
Although things could change in the future, it’s probably best not to assume you can buy one in store.
How do Walmart’s nut milk bag prices compare? Let’s look at an example. Walmart’s price for an Ellie’s Best brand ‘Bigger Better Nut Milk Bag’ was $25.40 USD on the 1st of July 2020. In contrast, the prices for the same bag started at around $13.97 USD on Amazon and $17.12 USD on Ebay on the same day.
Does Whole Foods sell nut milk bags?
We don’t recommend it.
The bag sold by Whole Foods didn’t meet our requirements to be considered for our top picks list. It’s not one of the best nut milk bags you can buy!
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