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May 27, 2024

AgroKitchen: Homemade Soy Milk 

Soy milk, also known as soya milk, is a nutritious dairy alternative made from soybeans. It’s rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals, making it a popular choice for vegans, those with lactose intolerance, or anyone looking for a healthy beverage option. Making soy milk at home is simple and allows you to customize the flavor and sweetness to your preference. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Soak the Soybeans

– Start by measuring out 1 cup of dried soybeans.

– Rinse the soybeans thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt or debris.

– Transfer the rinsed soybeans to a large bowl and cover them with water. Allow them to soak overnight or for at least 8 hours. This softens the beans and makes them easier to blend.

Step 2: Blend the Soybeans

– After soaking, drain the soybeans and rinse them once more.

– Transfer the soaked soybeans to a blender along with 4 cups of fresh water. You can adjust the water amount based on how thick you want your soy milk to be.

– Blend the soybeans and water on high speed for 1-2 minutes until you have a smooth, creamy mixture.

Step 3: Strain the Soy Milk

– Place a nut milk bag, cheesecloth, or fine mesh strainer over a large bowl or pitcher.

– Pour the blended soy mixture into the bag or strainer, allowing the liquid to separate from the pulp.

– Use your hands or a spoon to press and squeeze the pulp, extracting as much liquid as possible. This will leave you with smooth soy milk in the bowl or pitcher, while the pulp remains in the bag or strainer.

Step 4: Flavor and Sweeten (optional)

– At this point, you can flavor and sweeten the soy milk to your liking. You might add a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, or sweeten it with honey, maple syrup, or sugar.

– Stir the flavorings and sweeteners into the soy milk until well combined.

Step 5: Store the Soy Milk

– Transfer the freshly made soy milk to a clean glass jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid.

– Store it in the refrigerator and consume within 3-4 days for the best taste and freshness.

Step 6: Enjoy Your Homemade Soy Milk

– Shake or stir the soy milk before each use, as it may naturally separate over time.

– Enjoy your homemade soy milk on its own, poured over cereal, blended into smoothies, or used in cooking and baking recipes.

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