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Moto   

I haven't made orgeat in a while but I saw this method for almond milk online and thought I would throw this into the mix.  It recommends using almond butter and milk and putting them in the blender. I think upthread the idea to throw Almonds in a blender is put out there and this just makes it that much easier.  

 

You could take two tracks to orgeat.  You could make the almond milk then put it on the stove top and add sugar etc.  or you could add sugar syrup, rose water etc to the blender and then strain. 

 

It would probably be best best to use fresh ground almond butter which is fairly common in natural food stores. Almond milk

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Tri2Cook   

I read as far back through the 15 pages in this thread as I was willing to without finding what I was looking for, so I'll risk a repeat question and ask. Can I make a large batch of orgeat and freeze it in smaller portions (probably 8 oz) to pull out as needed without any major reduction in quality?


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50 minutes ago, Tri2Cook said:

I read as far back through the 15 pages in this thread as I was willing to without finding what I was looking for, so I'll risk a repeat question and ask. Can I make a large batch of orgeat and freeze it in smaller portions (probably 8 oz) to pull out as needed without any major reduction in quality?

I never tried but would be concerned that the orgeat might separate in an irreversible manner, and that you won't be able to re-homogenize it and get everything back into suspension.

 

The good news is that it keeps for a fairly long time in the fridge. I keep mine under inert gas and am able to keep it for a few months; a little shake before use is all it needs.

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Tri2Cook   
10 minutes ago, FrogPrincesse said:

I never tried but would be concerned that the orgeat might separate in an irreversible manner, and that you won't be able to re-homogenize it and get everything back into suspension.

 

The good news is that it keeps for a fairly long time in the fridge. I keep mine under inert gas and am able to keep it for a few months; a little shake before use is all it needs.


I think I won't risk the freezing then. If I can get even a couple months out of a batch, I'll be happy. Thanks!


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lesliec   

My home-made stuff lasts for many months in the fridge, even without inert gas. It separates, but a shake fixes it. I always give it a sniff before use, just in case, but it's been fine.


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Tri2Cook   
2 hours ago, lesliec said:

My home-made stuff lasts for many months in the fridge, even without inert gas. It separates, but a shake fixes it. I always give it a sniff before use, just in case, but it's been fine.


As it turns out, I got an email the day after asking this question informing me that the Canadian online cocktail supply place I usually use finally restocked the BG Reynolds syrups after a long draught so my little flurry of "I'll make my own everything" enthusiasm has rode off into the sunset. With apologies for my lack of embracing the true craft spirit, my homemade stuff comes from necessity. I'm just not that dedicated when I don't have to be.

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It's kinda like wrestling a gorilla... you don't stop when you're tired, you stop when the gorilla is tired.

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5 hours ago, lesliec said:

My home-made stuff lasts for many months in the fridge, even without inert gas. It separates, but a shake fixes it. I always give it a sniff before use, just in case, but it's been fine.

 

I never said the orgeat around here spoiled.  It just doesn't last long.

 

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lindag   

I wanted to make the Milk Street version of an updated Old Fashioned  here.

But I can't find Orgeat anywhere around here.  Is there a suitable substitute for it?


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Craig E   

If you can't find it locally and are not interested in mail-order, there are a number of DIY recipes here on the site and elsewhere on the web. The simplest way to fake it may be to follow this emergency orgeat recipe which involves almond milk, sugar, orange blossom water, rose water, and rum (or this one which is almond milk, simple syrup, almond extract, and orange flower water) and takes less time than the real thing. But if you have a little time, making the real thing isn't too difficult at all. 

If even the least of these is still more effort than you want, you could look for the clear almond syrup that is sometimes found in stores among coffee flavorers. 


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2 hours ago, lindag said:

I wanted to make the Milk Street version of an updated Old Fashioned  here.

But I can't find Orgeat anywhere around here.  Is there a suitable substitute for it?

 

 

I'm a fan of the orgeat @feste sells.  In fact I opened a fresh bottle last night.

 

https://smallhandfoods.com/store/orgeat

 

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4 hours ago, lindag said:

So what do you use the orgeat for?

 

My evening mai tai, most usually.  Also nice in a Trinidad sour or Japanese cocktail.  And who could forget Autumn in Jersey?  Autumn is my favorite season.

 

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