Home Made Soy Milk and a BIG Announcement: Change is in the air!

Do you like color palettes?

I loooove color palettes! Especially when they are made into pretty works of art.

I even created a special board for them on my Pinterest page where I like to catalogue all kinds of pretty palettes that capture my attention.

Painting and decorating a new room is always a cause for celebration for me, as it pretty much means that I get to spend hours at the hardware store, looking at hundreds of swatches, mixing and matching them, trying to find the perfect color combination.

Well, I’ve been sort of doing that over the last few months, and boy have I got a GREAT palette for you today.

It HAS to be my mostest favoritest color palette ever!

Just take a look…

Care to guess what’s getting a complete makeover?

RIGHT ON! Of course, I’m talking about this very space, the one you are staring at right now!!

It’s getting completely redone, redesigned, redecorated. I’M JUST SO EXCITED!!!

So tell me, you like the colors? I hope you do, and I truly hope that you guys will love the new and improved version of my humble site. It will be so much more pleasing to the eye…

Oooh! I so can’t wait for you guys to see it! Luckily, you won’t have to wait too long. A couple of weeks, at most. 

Maybe not even.

So just be prepared. If one day you land on this page and it looks nothing like what you are used to, don’t think that you just entered the wrong apartment or something… You’ll be in the right place! 

Now, enough talk about decoration, let’s get back to business, shall we?

After I made almond milk at home for the first time, I became totally, completely hooked. I’ve been making a different batch of milk every week since. While I mostly do almond, I’ve also tried hazelnut, which was absolutely sublime, and an almond / walnut combination, which was celestially good and remarkably creamy!

While I’m fairly satisfied with the ingredients that usually go in the making of commercial soy milk, I thought that it would be fun to try and make my own at home. Also, I thought that it would be interesting to use black soy beans, instead of the more traditional white. I figured that it would confer a pretty color to the milk.

And, I supposed that, since nut milk was so easy to make, soy milk would be just as easy.

I mean, why should it be any different?

Well… unfortunately, I was wrong. Way wrong. For you see, soy milk you have to cook. That extra step I find makes the whole process that much more time consuming, and well, milk is something that I usually want to have ready rather quickly.

The resulting milk, though, I have to admit, was way superior in taste to that of the commercial stuff, and much creamier. As for the color conferred by the black beans, while it was not as unusual as I thought it would be, was still very pretty to look at. Those three aspects together made it somewhat worth the extra effort.

But still, home made soy milk is not something that I will be making on a regular basis.

I’ll still want to make a batch once in a while, though.

Especially if it passes the freezer test that it’s currently taking.

Now that, would make it worth my while!

HOME MADE SOY MILK

INGREDIENTS
(Yields 10-12 cups)

  • 1 cup black soy beans, soaked overnight
  • 10-12 cups water (not your soaking water)
  • 1 whole vanilla bean, seeds scraped (you could also use pure vanilla extract)
  • 1-2 tbsp maca powder (totally optional)

DIRECTIONS 

  1. Drain and rinse soy beans
  2. Add beans and 4 cups of water to your blender and blend on high speed for about 2 minutes. Pour half the mixture into a large bowl or container and add 2 more cups of water to what’s left in the blender, then blend for 1 or 2 minutes. Repeat this process until you have used up all the water.
  3. Once all your beans have been liquefied, strain your milk over a large stockpot using either cheesecloth or a fine mesh sieve. You can just let the milk drip and it will happen rather quickly, but you can help facilitate (and speed up) the process by pressing it down with a spoon.
  4. Make sure to squeeze every last drop of liquid out of those soy beans.
  5. Cut vanilla bean in 2 and scrape the seeds. Add to milk, along with maca powder, and whisk until well blended.
  6. Bring soy milk to a boil over medium high heat. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Make sure to keep a close eye on your milk, as it will foam and rise just like regular milk. Also make sure you choose a stock pot that is large enough to allow for this and prevent your milk from boiling over.
  7. After 10 minutes, remove from heat and skim surface. Allow to cool and transfer to airtight container or pitcher.
  8. The soy milk will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Just make sure to give it a good shake before each use.

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Comments

  1. says

    I already know that I’m going to like the new look of your blog!

    I’m going to let you have fun making this soy milk. Meanwhile, I need to try making almond milk (which is what I drink anyways). I remember seeing that post now, but had forgotten. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Natalie says

    The colors are great, I think they represent you better! I especially love polka dots! And cherries, maybe because I have bitten cherry tattoo : D

    • says

      Thanks Natalie! Happy you like the colors! Hope you like the new site too… Cherries would be one of my favorite fruits, so it’s no coincidence that they would’ve found a place in the design of my new site. They are by far the most beautiful fruit out there, that’s for sure! Love the idea of a cherry tattoo! I have a cupcake… not too healthy now, is it? A cherry might have been a much better option for me! ;)

    • says

      YAAAAYYYY!!!!! So happy to hear! I’ll have to go and test it too on my favorite bloggers’ sites! :D Plus, it’ll be soooo good to have you back. Was sort of weird not having you around here! So super happy to see you again!

      Glad to hear you like the new look. I so can’t wait for the new site to go live! I hope you all like it as much as I do! :)

  3. Savvypenguin says

    Hey! I love your blog. This is my first time on your site, but I can tell it’s something I will revisit.

    While on the topic of web redesign, does anyone else find the floating ‘share’ tab extremely visually distractiong? I think a regular ‘share’ button at the bottom of each post would work. As I’m scrolling down, I’m interested in the photography and scanning the recipes, but that tab keeps drawing my eyes in a very jarring way.

    Just a thought. Again, love the site.

    Also, just realized when I view the posts through Google Reader, problem solved. Huzzah!

    • says

      Right with you on the floating thingie… this is a new thing on my site… I think I hit the wrong button at some point, or ticked the wrong box and now I can’t seem to get rid of it. Since this place as we see it now won’t exist anymore in about a week, I figured I wouldn’t risk “breaking” anything else while trying to fix that and that I would just leave it be! ;)

      Glad to hear you like my site, hope you’ll like it even more once the new look goes live! :)

  4. says

    Oh yum, you can see the vanilla bean pieces in there… I was wondering this morning actually, how hard it would be to make you own soy milk. Do you need to heat it? Is it bad if you don’t?
    Also, awesome news on your new blog layout! I LOVE the colors… as soon as I saw them I said (in my head) wow, that’s so Sonia! It’ll look great, I’m sure. Are you getting someone to do it for you?
    Also, have to ask because you’re in Canada too… where did you get the jute that you use in your photos? I’m having a heck of a time finding it in Calgary.

    • says

      It’s not that hard, Leanne, it’s just a tad time consuming, since you DO have to cook soy milk. From what I understand, raw soy beans contain Trypsin Inhibitors, which interfere with protein digestion and can cause pancreatic disorders… Guess you would know A LOT more about that than I do! ;) Plus, I have to admit that I did taste the milk prior to cooking it, and it didn’t taste all that great. Trust me, you WANT to cook it!

      Glad you like my new colors and that you find they represent me well! I hope you feel the same way when you see the finished product. And yes, I did hire someone to take care of that for me… I’m not that good when it comes to the “behind the scene” stuff. Guess you could say I’m not too computer saavy. ;)

      As for the jute, I took it at (oh my, almost ashamed to admit that here…) Walmart. They have this great arts and crafts section where they carry all sorts of little pieces of fabric for patwork projects! A lot of my “accent” fabric comes from there. Surely you have Walmart in Calgary? I try and avoid shopping there as much as I can, but there are certain things that I just can’t resist. This would be one of them! ;)

      • says

        Ah I always miss all of your responses because they don’t come to my email. Have you ever thought of getting that plugin that just forces the response? You write such AMAZING responses and I always forget to opt in to the darn email.
        We do have a bunch of walmarts, I’ll have to look into it. The one we have in Airdrie doesn’t have a very good arts & crafts section. I’ve been looking all over for the darn thing, but saying they’re at walmart definitely narrows it down for me. Thanks a bunch!
        Going to try to make soy milk next weekend. Can’t wait!

      • says

        Awww, thank you so much Leanne, that is so nice of you to say! You see, I figure if people take the time to write me a comment, the least I can do is take the time to answer them! I never thought that my responses were amazing, though! ;) I didn’t know that such a plugin existed. I’ll have to look into it! I have to admit that I do the same thing, I often leave comments and even ask questions on some of my favorite blogs and then forget to go back for the answer… I sure would love to get an email sent to me automatically!

        Good luck with finding the jute. If you can’t get your hands on it, let me know, I’ll try and see if I can work something out. Maybe I could have some shipped to you. Shouldn’t be too complicated or expensive, seeing as how it weighs close to nothing and there would be no borders to cross! ;)

        Can’t wait to hear your impressions on making soy milk at home! Let me know how the experience went for you! :)

  5. says

    Ooooooh, I looove the color palate and I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait to see your fabulous new look :D I don’t drink soy milk too often(not like almond milk!) but I love that you made your own. So awesome!

    • says

      Thanks Heidi! Hope you like the finished product! I’m so excited and I can’t wait for you guys to see it, especially those of you who, like yourself, have been supporting me and putting up with the ugliness of my current white walls for so long… ;)

  6. says

    Those colors look pretty amazing Sonia! Can’t wait to see the new design! Are you having someone do it for you or are you doing it yourself? I’m actually thinking of having someone redesign Junglefrog Cooking too but not sure yet if can justify the money at this point..;) But loving your colors!
    That soy milk looks interesting too although I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t make it myself..;)

    • says

      Thanks a lot Simone! So super happy to hear that you like. Coming from a talented artist such as yourself, that is one hell of a compliment! :) I had someone design the site for me. I wish I could’ve done it myself, but unfortunately, it’s a tad beyond my capabilities! I don’t really think that I could justify the money either… but I just couldn’t endure the white walls anymore. I really don’t care for white, you see! And since it seems like my blog and I are going to be good friends for a while, well, I thought I owed it that much…

      I really hope you like the finished product!

      As for the soy milk, I think it’s worth trying at least once. It IS much better than store bought! Whip up a batch on a cold rainy afternoon, why not? Then at least you can brag and say you CAN make your own soy milk! ;)

  7. anita says

    wow i’ve never heard of black soy milk. can you tell me where i can buy some organic and non GMO?

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