To make the milk I have soaked one cup of dry soybeans overnight. The soybeans I have got were from an online shop called Real Plastic Free which sales all different verity of foods in bulk in biodegradable cellulose bags. This is a great solution if you don’t have a zero-waste shop around you and you want to top up your pantry with some dry goods.
To get the milk I added 5 cups of water to all beans and blend them well. In small parts, I then would drain the mixture through a muslin cloth to separate the milk from the bean pulp also called Okara. Leftover Okara can be used in many recipes so to make sure it is not wasted I have used it in my beans burgers.
This year beside cooking up some interesting meals that will last me a few days, I decided to make my soy milk. It took me a little time until I got the beans with no plastic, but the experience of it was very and as you can say Satisfying 🙂 I am now looking forward to making more in future.
After soaking the beans I drained them and then I decided and it will be a very meditative process of removing all skins from the beans to hopefully create better-tasting milk. I think it took me an hour to remove all skins from 1 cup of dried soybeans, but it was worth it.
When all milk is separated I have moved it into a deep cooking pan and brought it to boil, then reduced the heat and left to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. I have also removed all foam from the top of the milk as it was cooking. After 20 minutes I have removed the pan from the heat and let it cool. While the milk is cooling it will form skin like texture on top that you also get in normal milk which I have also removed.
When the milk has cooled enough I have moved it into storage containers. 1 cup of soybeans have made 2 litres of milk which I think is very good. It didn’t take that long to make at all and it can stay refrigerated for up to 4 days. Knowing me I’ll just keep using until I can feel it has gone off, and even then I can add it to cakes or make pancakes. If you are going to use okara as well it’s better to use is within 2-3 days of separating it from the milk.