It's surprisingly easy to make your own soy milk and cheaper to boot. I love the Bonsoy stuff, but at more than $4 for a litre it's too expensive to be chowing down at a rate of soy drinking knots. To get started you need dried soy beans, some water and some time. I bought my soy beans from an Asian supermarket in the Valley for $2.29 - bargain.
- soak the beans overnight I use about one cup of dried beans
- next morning while your mister (or missus) is making you breakfast replace the water in the bowl with hot water and rub the crap out of the beans to remove the skins - this takes some time, but it's quite cathartic and dunking your hands in steaming hot water on a cold winter morning is pretty nice!
- once you've got as much of the skin off as you can - blend - in about two or three batches blend with 1.5L of water - whizz up it
- boil the lovely white frothy mixture for about two minutes, then simmer for half an hour, up to 45 minutes
- strain the mixture into a bowl or jar - I used a piece of linen from my sewing supplies, no need to buy fancy cheese cloth - you can use a clean teatowel too
- taste and add anything you like to sweeten or flavour - I added a a few drops of vanilla and a teaspoon of fruit sugar... and you're done!
You can use the leftover okara (soy bean pulp) to make some yummy dinners ... so it's win, win - you get soy milk for your tea and a dinner base all for about 50 cents!
Tip - use a glass jar to keep it in - so much food comes in lovely glass jars and often they are just thrown out - I am migrating all my rice, pasta, etc to pretty recycled glass jars, they look much better in the pantry. I used a passata jar - the lid still smelled quite strongly so I swapped it for a jam lid - mix and match the lids.
cooking on the stove...
the finished product and the left over okara...