Homemade Soy Milk

Image from The Graceful Kitchen.
I decided last week to make a vegan cake and I need soy milk. We'd run of soy milk out at the house, but we did have a lot of dried soybeans given to us last year by a local farmer. 

I cleaned the soybeans, then put them in two bowls of water overnight to rehydrate. Once they were ready to go, I drained the soybeans and put them in a food processor, adding water as needed. Then I put the mash in a big pot to cook for 45 minutes at a low simmer. I drained the mash (see a subsequent post for an easy soybean slider recipe), and the remaining liquid was my soy milk.

To make about 2 quarts and 1 1/2 pints of soy milk, you will need:
  • 1 cup of soybeans (Soybeans are generally about 89 cents a pound, so this recipe would only cost about 50 cents)
  • 11 total cups of water (this will be added two to three cups at a time)
  • 1/4 cup of sugar (this probably will be adjusted according to your tastes)
Some basic equipment is also needed:
  • A blender
  • A pot (should be fairly big and be able to hold at least 11 cups)
  • Multiple bowls
  • A cheesecloth (this is for straining the mixture so other items could be used in place of this, like a strainer)
  • A wooden spatula for stirring
  • A container for holding the finished soy milk