Making Soymilk from Scratch

 

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We took these pictures while making our own soymilk. Click on the thumbnails to see the full size!

Step 1

Use clean, good quality soybeans that are free from dirt.  Remove cracked, damaged, and discolored soybeans.

Step 2

Bring 4 cups (946 mL) of water to a vigorous boil over a fire and add 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) baking soda.

Step 3

Drop 1 cup (237 mL) of soybeans directly into the rapidly boiling water and simmer for 5 minutes.

Step 4

Drain and rinse with hot water.  At this point in the process the soybeans should begin to smell like corn. 

Step 5

Drop the rinsed soybeans directly into 4 cups (946 mL) of vigorously boiling water containing 1/8 tsp (0.6 mL) baking soda and let simmer for 5 minutes.

Step 6

Drain and rinse with hot water.
Step 7

Grind the blanched soybeans with 7 cups (1656 mL) very hot water (near boiling) with a mortar and pestle till the mixture is smooth. 
Step 8

Filter the soymilk by pouring it through cheese cloth or a pillowcase.  After the soy slurry is cooled begin to hand squeeze the cheese cloth or pillowcase to extract as much soymilk as is possible. 
Step 9

Add salt and sugar.  Add flavors (vanilla, chocolate, honey, cinnamon, etc.) according to preference.  Add ginger or an orange rind to rid of the bean flavor.  Simmer for 20 minutes near boiling.  Stir frequently to avoid burning. 
Step 10

Serve hot or cold.  Refrigerate remainder, if possible, or consume by the end of the day.  This recipe makes about 6 cups (1420 mL).