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How to Make Homemade Soy Milk

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Soy milk is a very healthy addition to anyone's refrigerator. It is filled with nutrients and a great beverage for work, school, or anytime. Store-bought soy milk can get pretty expensive especially compared to regular cow's milk. Soybeans, on the other hand, can be found for a much better price and can even be bought organically. I will show you how to make your own (organic) soy milk and the great thing is you don't even need to spend money a soy milk machine. Soy milk is very simple and easy to make and can be used in many other yummy, healthy desserts, too.


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Step 1: Ingredients

To make about 2 quarts and 1 1/2 pints of soy milk, you will need:
  • 1 cup of soybeans (I bought my soybeans for $0.89 a pound- so this recipe would only cost about 2 quarters :)
  • 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- not pictured)
Some equipment is also needed but nothing you can't find in your kitchen :)
  • 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

Step 2: Preparation

Pour the soybeans and 2 of the 11 cups of water into one of the bowls (make sure there is enough room for the soybeans and 1 cups of water and the water covers the top of the beans). Soak the soybeans for at least 8 hours (if I have the time, I would even soak it overnight). Be sure to add more water if the water level falls below the level of the soybeans.
mnesperos9 days ago
Thank you for sharing the procedures. Do we need to wash the soy beans first before soaking it? Some of the beans float, are these okey to include?
Smeiyappan4 months ago
Thanks for the recipe. Yet to make it. How long can we refrigerate this?
jen7714 (author)  Smeiyappan3 months ago
It's the safest to only keep it for a week, but if you don't notice anything different about it and you heat it up, it can be kept for longer.
genies jinn7 months ago
This is great! A real money saver! Is the sugar necessary?
jen7714 (author)  genies jinn3 months ago
Nope! It's just according to your taste!
sschrybu6 months ago
Can I use roasted soy beans to make soy milk?
jen7714 (author)  sschrybu3 months ago
Unfortunately, you cannot :(
lindaweir4 months ago
i made this and was thrilled , but the soya milk is no good in coffee, even if put in before the hot water, it curdles and forms a curd, any ideas? would this recipe be better as a smoothie ? i really want to move from dairy to soya because of animal abuse.
mccreeryj18 months ago
These instructions are great! Is the sugar (or any sweetener) actually required? I'm on a diet where I can't have any kind of sugars or sweeteners.
Sue196510 months ago
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Thank you very much for this helpful instructions, I just I made my first soya milk today based on your steps provided. My question is what am I going to do with the extra pulp, I already blended up to 11 cups, that includes the 2 cups for soaking. Will i still blend it with additional cups of water? How many cups.

am excited -Sue
jen7714 (author)  Sue19658 months ago
If you find that adding water and blending again does not water down the soy milk too much, go for it! I would try to go for 1 cup at a time.
emilyrhorn10 months ago
This is my second batch of soy milk with this recipe. Thank you so much for posting it! My boyfriend and I really liked the last batch, but I'm substituting sugar with agave to see how it goes because we both found the original recipe a bit sweet.

I have trouble telling when it is ready though! I find I have to boil and then simmer it for closer to 5-10 minutes to get rid of that raw beany taste. What's your clue for when it is best to take it off the stove? :)

jen7714 (author)  emilyrhorn8 months ago
Hey! Thanks so much for the nice comment! As for the boiling time, it really is up to your taste. Just make sure it boils for a bit for health reasons (to ensure that you're not drinking raw soy milk).
I just made my first batch of soya milk.I flavored it with cinnamon and i enjoyed it thank you for sharing with me.
jen7714 (author)  Blackbeauti11 months ago
Awesome! Thanks for trying it out!
Thank you!!! I just finished my first homemade soy milk. It taste really good. My kids will love it!
Thanks for sharing. Just made my first batch and it turned out great! :)
jen7714 (author)  thinkathena1 year ago
Awesome! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!
hamundsen1 year ago
The smell is strong, it stinks up the whole house! I'm sure it'll taste good, but it's just very very strong!
Does the "boil" step have to be followed? Doesn't this destroy some of the natural enzymes?
jen7714 (author)  Berbatiotis1 year ago
I am not sure if it destroys natural enzymes, but it is much safer to boil the soy milk. Consuming raw soy milk can be dangerous because of possible dangerous bacteria.
mhippo jen77141 year ago
There are certain enzymes in raw soymilk that reduce your body's abbility to digest the milk (trypsin inhibitors, if you care).
cmg0961 year ago
Thanks for posting such a great way to make soymilk! I see some questions about how to get soybeans at lower prices.. I have found the best way is to buy a 20# bag for $36.70 from https://www.laurasoybeans.com/display.asp?id=14&sra=2

I use coupon code for 10% off to bring the price down to $1.65 per pound including shipping. Code is: GREATMILK
hjordan51 year ago
My doctor recommended that I add soy milk to my diet for the many health properties that soy milk has. I have been buying it at the store and it is quite costly! I can't wait to try this recipe to see how it compares and even if you pay $3 for a pound like one person said, it costs $4 per half gallon at the store! You will get at least twice the amount you could buy pre-made. Thanks for this recipe, I just need to get a blender now!
jen7714 (author)  hjordan51 year ago
I'm glad you're going to try the recipe! Let me know how it turns out. It really it more cost effective to make your own. Enjoy!
save2eat1 year ago
I saw where you where asked about where to purchase soy beans for .89 per pound, I am a 45, yes 45year! old mother of toddlers! and have spent the better part of three nights online (instead of sleeping), and 2 days driving around to places that said they had soybeans but where mistaken? and the lowest price I can find is just short of $3 per pound since I pay $2.66 to $2,99 for 1/2 gallon of organic soy milk it will not pay to make it myself.
My family could REALLY use the savings of home made, if I could find beans at correct price, It just doesn't seem very kind to continue to "not give away all your secrets" when this information is the very information that would allow myself and others to use you recipe?
Sincerely,
Tired Mom trying to save money to stay home with her babies.
I buy my non GMO soybeans online from

http://laurasoybeans.com/display.asp?id=13&sra=1

13 pounds for $25.50 (shipping included)
jen7714 (author)  save2eat1 year ago
Of course when I posted that price, it was definitely not a concrete price. For all I know, the price of soybeans could vary drastically from just town to town. I got my soybeans from a local supermarket at my town. It was not a franchised store so I doubt there will be a location at your residence. I wish I could help more.

Also, in order to make organic soy milk, organic soy beans are needed (just a disclaimer/caution), which are more expensive.

dr_tono721 year ago
WOW, thanks. But you guys really get ripped off...I just bought 15 pounds for $0.70 each. I guess in some ways it pays to be in the third world.
westphd2 years ago
YUMMY ... had a great time making this .... i used 1/2 tsp of cardamon, 1 tsp of vanilla. i am enjoying a warm cup right now.... i do have a question ... what ideas can you share about using the left over pulp or meat of the soy bean? i just learning to use soy Thanks.... also ... it is a great recipe !! A++
jen7714 (author)  westphd2 years ago
Thanks for trying out the recipe! There's many things you can do with the leftovers, the okara. Soy is a great product to use :)

Here are some okara recipes http://www.ellenskitchen.com/clearlight/okara/okara.html


hi mam, may i just ask how many servings in a glass does this contain? thanks...
jen7714 (author)  junjunrabang2 years ago
This recipe makes 2 quarts and 1 1/2 pints of soy milk. So 5 1/2 glasses if your glasses are 16 oz each.
hi mam thanks 4 posting this recipe, just tried it this morning taste great.. im in a strict diet so i did not include some sugar.. may i just ask if i can consume this amount a day? thx...
jen7714 (author)  junjunrabang2 years ago
Great! I don't think the entire amount of the recipe should be consumed everyday. :)
Nneekers2 years ago
i know this probably sounds like a stupid question, but does anyone know how to calculate the nutritional value of this soymilk? 1 cup of raw soybeans has about 774 calories, but obviously some of that will be left in the pulp, right? I know that 774 calories divided by 11 cups equals about 70 calories per cup (which is really good compared so some other forms of milk) but i wanted to be more accurate. Any information would be GREATLY appreciated :)
jen7714 (author)  Nneekers2 years ago
Thanks for the comment! I hope you try out the recipe! I found some nutrition facts online and they might be slightly off but it will be close

Per 1 cup of soy milk

71 calories; 5.6 g protein; 3.50 g total fat; 0.0 mg cholesterol; 6.11 g total carbohydrate; 34 mg calcium; 2.41 mg iron; 42.6 mg magnesium; 130 mg sodium; .71 mg zinc; .143 mg thiamin; .142 mg riboflavin; .25 mg niacin; .045 mg vitamin B6; 3 g sugar
thank you so much! i'm definitely going to try out your recipe! Hopefully next week sometime. thanks again!
qmaggio2 years ago
When you bake with this do you use the same amount you would use of cowmilk?
jen7714 (author)  qmaggio2 years ago
I think so...I haven't done that before, but I've heard the proportions are the same. If you want whole milk, maybe add some butter but other than that, go for it!
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