Soybeans milk or soy milk is what I grew up drinking though not often but I can remember vividly what it used to taste like then. We used to call ice-cream then in my primary school, it was really affordable, chilled, and convenient to suck and move around during break hours. This has brought back my childhood memory. The soy milk powder is another delicacy that I will also not forget, we used to add this into almost every meal we make, I will be showing in my next post how to make soy milk powder.
However, homemade soy milk is a simple plant-based drink made with white soybeans, it is made without preservative or additive. Soy milk is a good alternative to dairy milk, it is low in calories even lower than whole milk. You can use soy milk to prepare your pancakes, oatmeal, smoothies, tofu, or any simple drink or food that calls for milk. To sweeten soy milk or soybeans milk, you can choose to use honey or sugar. Melted chocolates can be used as well. I love my soy milk drink very chilled in this case, I place this in the refrigerator for close to two hours before drinking.
In addition, after blending soybeans and the milk is strained out, you will notice a thick paste, this is what is referred to as “Okara”; okara can be used for a number recipes such as cracker, cookies, you can save it in the fridge and add it to make moi-moi when next you are making that or simply discard it if you have no need of it.
The steps below show you how to make soy milk/soya bean milk at home, do remember to watch the video above on how to make your soy milk at home and also subscribe at the end.
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Ingredients for making Soy milk
- 1 cup white soybeans
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Sugar or honey to taste
Items needed for making
- Chiffon cloth/ butter muslin
- Water for soaking and blending
Steps on how to make soybeans milk
- Measure 1 cup of soybeans into a big bowl, add 4 cups of water to it and leave to soak overnight.
- Pour out the water in it and add clean water; rub the beans between your hands to peel the skin, this will peel out easily.
- Pass the beans through a colander to remove the skin and then add clean water and rinse until all the skin is off.
- Bring the peeled beans into the blender and add 2 cups of water to it, you can share the beans into two if you have a smaller blender.
- Blend the soybeans for 2 minutes or until you have a smooth and frothy paste.
- Place a muslin or chiffon cloth over a pot and pour the blended soy milk into it, use your hand to squeeze all the milk out until you are left with the soy paste.
- Discard the paste and place the soy milk on the stovetop, let it simmer on medium to low heat for 20 minutes. Stir this with a spatula from time to prevent it from boiling over, as soy milk tends to boil and flow over when on high heat.
- Lower the heat, add sugar, vanilla extract or any other flavor of your choice and stir, let this sit on low heat for 2 -5 minutes until the flavor begins to mellow out.
- Take it off the heat and leave to sit at room temperature. As this starts to cool down, you will notice a thin film on the top of the milk, use a spoon to skim it off and discard it
- Soybeans milk is ready, chill in the fridge and enjoy with crackers or as it is.