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Do you have any instructions for making soy milk at home?

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Rodale's Basic Foods Natural Cookbook provides the following instructions for making soy milk. You need 1 cup dried soybeans, and water. Soak soybeans in 4 cups water overnight, using a deep container so the beans are well covered to allow for expansion. Drain beans and discard soaking water. Puree them for 2 minutes in a food processor or blender, using 1 cup cooked beans to 1-1/2 cups water at a time. In a large pot, combine the puree with 4-1/2 cups of water. Bring mixture to a slow rolling boil, stirring frequently to minimize sticking. When it has reached the boiling point, reduce the temperature and simmer mixture for 10-15 minutes. Spoon mixture into a colander that has been lined with cheesecloth and placed over a large bowl to catch the liquid. Strain out as much of the liquid as possible. Lift the cheesecloth and mixture out of the colander and place the cheesecloth wrapped mixture in a separate container full of cold water and stir the water through the soybean paste that is now referred to as "okara." Lift the okara (surrounded by cheesecloth) from the water and place it in the colander again. Press out the liquid. With the cheesecloth-surrounded okara still in the colander, pour 2 cups of water through it, pressing, squeezing and twisting the mass to drain all the water into the bowl. YOU NOW HAVE SOY MILK! Soy milk is also available commercially. Look for it in the store next to canned milk. Soy milk is not the same thing as soy infant formula and should not be substituted for it.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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