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What is soy milk and how is it made?


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Answered 2012-08-16 01:27:08

Soy milk is the filtered juice extracted from soaked soybeans. Because of its high content in calcium, its appearance is white like cow milk. It can be used similarly to cow milk for many usages.

Soy milk is made by soaking soybeans, grinding them with water. The fluid which results after straining is called soy milk. You can make soy milk at home with basic kitchen tools or with a soy milk machine. Soy milk is most commonly found in aseptic cartons. Most of the soy milk available in the market is flavored and fortified with extra calcium or vitamins. The most popular flavors are vanilla and chocolate. Some producers add thickeners to their soy milk to give it a mouth feel of cow's milk. Traditionally, soy milk has a beany taste which is well accepted by the Chinese, but less by the Western palate. By using correct processing techniques, this beany taste can be reduced or eliminated. Recently, with the recognition of its health benefits and with its improved flavor and texture, soy milk has now a high and rising acceptance. Sometimes, use is made of protein isolates from soy bean which are mixed with water, oils, sugars, stabilizers to give it a milky appearance. This type of product should be described as soy drink and is not as wholesome as real soy milk.

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How I make it is to soak soy beans overnight in a a lot of water.

In the morning, drain the water and wash the beans. Now comes the laborious part. With every one cup of soy beans, have about 1 1/2 - 2 cups of water. Blend them together. The beans and water have to be blended very well.

Have a strainer ready, with a large cheese cloth over it. Pour the blended soy beans onto the cheese cloth. Don't pour in too much, because you will need to bring the corners of the cloth together. Twist the ends so that the soy mixture won't spill out, and squeeze. All that should be left in the cheesecloth are the soy fibers.

Pour the squeezed-out "milk" into a large pot and simmer for about 25-30 minutes. Serve it hot or chill it in glass or plastic bottles.

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