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Video:How to Make Soy Milk From Scratch

with Jonathon E. Stewart

Sure, you can buy it at the store, but homemade soy milk is not only easy, it's delicious. See how to turn a bag of uncooked soy beans into fresh soy milk.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Soy Milk From Scratch

Hey guys - Jonathon Stewart here for About.com. We all know how you make milk - well, come to think of it, all I'm totally sure about is that it involves a cow - but did you know that you can actually make your own soy milk? Well, you can, and you don't even need your own soy cow. Check it out.

Soy Milk Ingredients

For this recipe you'll need:
  • about a pound of uncooked soy beans
  • about a quart of water
  • about a half cup of brown or cane sugar
  • a slice of orange, ginger, or vanilla bean
You'll also need a blender and some cheese or muslin cloth. Some people recommend removing the hulls from the soy beans before doing anything else, but if you use the cheese cloth a little later on, they'll end up getting weeded out anyway.

Soak the Soy Beans

Start by allowing your soy beans to soak overnight in a bowl of water. You may notice that the beans tend to absorb the water, and increase in size. Next, drain any remaining water from the beans, and scoop about a cup into your blender. Add fresh water at a ratio of about three parts water to one part beans.

Blend the Soy Beans

Blend. Once your beans have been transformed into a pulpy liquid, pour them into a large pot. Repeat with the rest of your beans, until you have a full pot of the blended soy mixture.

Cook the Soy Beans

Set your burner on high, and bring to a rolling boil, stirring frequently. You may notice a frothy foam begin to form on the surface - if so, simply remove and continue stirring. Add in your sugar to taste, and your orange, ginger, or vanilla.

The total boiling time should be about 20 minutes, and feel free to be creative in what you add for flavor. Just don't add any cow milk, which, you know, kind of defeats the whole purpose here.

Strain the Soy Milk

Clip a piece of cheese cloth to another pot, and when the time is up, pour the soy milk through it, and allow the pulpy mass to collect in the cloth. When all the milk has been strained, squeeze any remaining milk from the pulp, allow the liquid to cool, then transfer to a container in your fridge.

And drink it! Yum. And before you toss it out, know that the pulpy leftover is called "okara," and can be used to make things like soy burgers or soy chili. You can also use it to feed your vegan horses and pigs, too, if you've got any.

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