1nut baglinen kitchen towel, or an old (clean) shirt*
Place the almonds, water, and salt in a medium-size bowl. Soak the almonds overnight.
After the soaking period is complete, drain the water and rinse the almonds. Squeeze the almonds to remove the peels. Discard the peels. This step is optional, but highly recommended.
Place the almonds, 4 cups of water, dates (remember to remove the pits!), and scraped vanilla beans into the blender. Note: To scrape the vanilla beans, cut the long beans in half, use a butter knife to scrape the little black seeds into the blender. Discard the long beans or add them to vodka to make vanilla extract.
Blend the ingredients for 60 seconds on high. Hold the lid on the blender (trust me!). We don't want any explosions.
Strain the milk through a nut bag/towel/shirt by slowing squeezing the bag like you're milking a cow. The pulp inside the bag may be dehydrated and pulsed in the food processor to make almond meal/flour, or discarded.