Soy milk is known by numerous other names like soy juice, soya milk, and soy drink. It is a beverage which is prepared using soybeans. It is rich in numerous nutrients, and hence, is said to be extremely beneficial for the body. It contains almost the same quantity of protein that is present in cow's milk. It is also rich in carbohydrates and fats. Evidence of its usage first originated in China in the AD 25-225. However, today, it is one of the most popular soy products consumed all over the globe.
Making it at Home
Soy milk is used as a tasty alternative to other conventional types of milk. Its benefits increase its popularity even further. You can easily find commercial brands of unsweetened (plain) and salted (flavored) soy milk in the market. The procedure of preparing it at home is extremely easy. It is also a great option to avoid the dangers that are imminent due to the contamination and artificial flavoring that is present in the commercial varieties of this milk.
- Whole soybeans
- First, wash the soybeans thoroughly with clean water, and then crack them a bit before soaking them in a pot of water for about 6 to 8 hours.
- After this time has passed, remove the bean hulls and flush all the loose ones with water. Cracking the beans eases the process of removing the hulls.
- The un-cracked beans need to be soaked for about 12 to 16 hours.
- Heat the wet beans for about two minutes in order to reduce their distinct flavor, which will otherwise be present in the milk.
- You can place the wet beans in the microwave for about 2 minutes, and then grind them.
- For this process, take a blender or soy milk machine and add water to it. 125 g soybeans produce about 1 liter of milk.
- Blend the beans well, and then strain the mixture with the help of a cheesecloth.
- Once you are done, you need to heat the milk well by boiling it for about 5 to 7 minutes. Strain it once again, and store it in the refrigerator. You can use it for the next three days.
You can also flavor the milk by adding salt, soy sauce, sugar, cinnamon, or fruit flavored sauces to it. The matter which is left on the cheesecloth can be used for making bread, or even as cattle feed.
Making Soy Milk Cheese at Home
This type of cheese is very popular among soy product lovers. It is one of the famous recipes for making vegetarian cheese. It is also called fake cheese. Given below are some simple instructions to make it at home.
- 15 oz firm Tofu
- 2.25 oz Soy milk powder
- 3.4 oz Tamari (Japanese soy sauce)
- 2.8 oz Tahini (paste made of ground sesame seeds)
- 2.8 oz Apple cider vinegar
- 2.8 oz Organic honey
- ½ teaspoon of Sea salt
- 1⅓ oz Organic oil
- Large or medium bowl with a masher
- Drain the tofu and cut it into medium-sized cubes. Boil these cubes in water for about 10 minutes.
- Until it is cooking, mix the soy milk powder, Tahini, vinegar, Tamari, salt, honey, and oil in a large bowl. Whisk the ingredients well to make a smooth batter.
- Once the tofu is cooked, drain it well with help of a colander, and put it in a bowl. Mash it using a masher until it obtains the same texture as that of cottage cheese.
- Then, add the previously prepared batter to the tofu batter, and stir it well. Refrigerate the mixture for about 7 hours before using it.
- You will get about 7 cups of soy milk cheese with the above proportions. You can serve it with various vegetable salads as well as some Mexican recipes.
Although soy milk is popularly consumed, it is preferable not to use it as a substitute to regular milk due to its potential side effects. In case you are lactose intolerant, consult your health care provider about the best milk substitute for you.