Homemade Organic Soy Milk
Yield: Approximately 4 quarts
Prep time: After soaking overnight, 30 minutes
Soak 2 1/2 cups (1 pound) organic soybeans in refrigerator overnight in 3 quarts water.
Drain and grind to a fine gritty paste in blender, in 4 to 5 batches, using a total of 2 cups very hot water to process.
Whisk paste into 3 1/2 quarts rapidly boiling water. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Keep 1 cup cold water at hand to add if pot begins to foam over! Remember, soy milk acts like dairy milk and scorches easily.
Strain through cheesecloth. Set colander in a larger bowl or pan to catch the strained milk. Then, using a quart jar filled with water for weight, push the soybean pulp repeatedly to extract as much liquid as possible.
Taste soy milk. It benefits from a pinch of sea salt and a little sweetener, plus a bit of vanilla or almond extract (optional).
Cool, then refrigerate in covered jars for use within four to six days. You may freeze in appropriate containers, leaving ample head space for expansion. Thaw in refrigerator over several hours for use as needed.
Save leftover paste (the Japanese call it okara) from the strainer. It can be mixed and cooked with rice, barley, wheat, oats or other grains and used in casseroles, patties or burgers. If you cannot use it immediately, it can be frozen. Because this is cooked, it can also be used as a protein supplement in pet food.
Recipe by, former PCC Nutrition Education Manager
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