Thursday, 24 January 2013

Makin' Soya Milk

Whilst Mr B and I were discussing kitchen gadgets last night he casually dropped in that there was an unused and long forgotten soya milk maker at the back of the kitchen cupboard. I'm a sucker for gadgets and I went straight in there to dig it out!

The problem is - it's made by a company called 'Soya Fresh' which don't seem to be about anymore and I don't have any instructions! It's digital and has four modes - if anybody knows which cycles are which number I'll love you forever!!! I think I have it worked out and I've made a couple of batches so far.

My first experiment was with unsoaked beans on what I think is the right setting - it was a quick and easy process and I sweetened it at the end with agave syrup. It tasted... ok. It was a lot more 'beany' than I am used to, as we normally buy Alpro products which are soya 'drinks' rather than wholebean 'milks'.

I've also had a go with beans that I soaked overnight. I'd read that removing the skins from the beans would reduce the strong flavour, so that's what I did. I have to say for some reason this batch came out worse than the first!

I'm not sure if this was because I used the wrong mode, or that I'm just not going to like homemade 'milks'. I am hoping to get it right though, as I really want to make my own tofu with it!

I'm going to try and make some nut milks next - hopefully they'll be more successful! I wouldn't recommend giving these 'milks' to young children as they aren't fortified like the ones sold in supermarkets.

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