Unlike store-bought food or beverages, homemade foods are almost always healthier. After all, YOU are the one deciding what ingredients you would like to use, so you have the option of not adding any food preservatives, excess sugar or salt, or food additives.
Soy milk originated in China around 2,000 years ago during the early years of the Han Dynasty. A cup of soy milk contains 8 grams of protein, which is 16% of an average person’s daily recommended intake of protein, so it is a relatively good source of protein for those who are vegetarian or vegan.
Want to make an already healthy drink of soy milk even healthier? Below is the recipe my Taiwanese grandmother gave me for making homemade soy milk!
- Organic soy beans
- Optional: sugar, vanilla, salt
- Buy some organic soy beans
- Rinse and wash the soy beans in a pot of water
- Soak the soy beans in a new clean pot of water for 24 hours
- Take the soy beans out of the pot of water and into a blender
- Add same ratio of water to soy beans into the blender (one cup of soy beans = one cup of water)
- Blend until watery
- Filter the liquid substance with a clean filtering cloth or filtering net until all solid chunks are gone
- Boil the remaining soy bean liquid for a minute or so and then simmer on low for 5 minutes more or however long you want
- Add vanilla, sugar, or salt as you like
Blending the soy beans after they have been cooked in boiling water for 40 minutes also works too.