Easy Homemade Soy Milk
Here in Northwest Ohio, soybeans are prolific. There are tons of soybean fields growing at any given time. Having such easy access to these awesome beans is a blessing, as finding an alternative to the cost of regular dairy can be daunting, to say the least. To both help our budget and our health I supplement with this easy homemade soy milk.
Growing a small crop of your own in your home garden is an easy way to create a source of milk that is not only easy to make but gives you the option of both saving money and becoming more self-reliant. Having a way to feed your family even when money is tight can be a blessing. Soybeans also store well, so having a supply on hand to make soy milk (and tofu!) can make all the difference in your food budget.
Making Soy Milk
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There are only a few basic supplies needed for the process.
- Bowl for soaking beans
- Muslin or Nut Milk Bag
- Heavy-bottom saucepan
- 1/2 cup white soybeans
- 2-3 cups cool water (for soaking)
- 4 cups water (for blending)
- Sugar, to taste (optional)
- Soak the soybeans in water overnight.
- Drain water and rinse the soybeans well.
- Remove skins from beans, doing your best.
- Add soybeans and 4 cups of water to your blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Strain the blended milk through a nut milk bag, twisting the top to make squeezing out every bit easier (no one wants to waste any of this goodness!)
- Heat the stained milk in your saucepan to 212 degrees F. Keep at this temperature of 20 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent sticking and scorching.
- Cool the milk and store. I prefer glass containers, but use what you have on hand.
- Refrigerate for up to 4 days.
Homemade Soy Milk is Healthier
The added bonus to growing and making your own soy milk is that there are no preservatives or additives in your milk, and you control the chemicals that your beans are exposed to- even as they grow! Homemade soy milk makes a great drink, but also allows you to culture it and make your own homemade tofu! You do not have to be vegetarian or vegan to reap the benefits for both your health and budget from soy milk.
Soy milk is s a good source of energy, protein, sugar, dietary fiber and fat. Amongst minerals, it contains calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc. Various vitamins such as folate, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B 12, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K are also found in soymilk. It also contains saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fatty acids. All these nutrients help in maintaining a good health.
- Improves Heart Health
- Relieves Postmenopausal Issues
- Provides Relief from Osteoporosis
- Acts as Antioxidant
- May Prevent Cancer
- Controls Obesity & Lowers Cholesterol
Read more about the health benefits of soy milk here.
Skins and fibers leftover from the soybeans can be used in cooking (just dehydrate or freeze for later use). It also makes a wonderful homemade fertilizer for your garden or a great addition to your compost pile.