Learn how to make soya milk at home, it's easy and tastes so much better than the ones in a box, and it's easy budget friendly.
Soy milk is a healthy dairy-free alternative to cow's milk. Use it in baking to make healthy dairy-free breakfasts like this dairy-free breakfast casserole or these savory vegan muffins.
Use it in drinks to make something delicious and nutritious like these tofu smoothie recipes, or make dairy-free alternatives for dessert fillings like this eggless lemon curd recipe.
Not only is homemade soy milk great as an ingredient for cooking it is also a delicious and healthy drink that is preservative free and very easy to make.
Learn how to make soya milk, it's so easy to make, healthy, and budget-friendly. It is a great dairy-free alternative and tastes delicious.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Homemade soya milk is easy to make.
- It's healthy because it is preservative-free and additive-free.
- Fresh soya milk can be used as a drink and make tofu, yogurt, and cheese.
- It is affordable to make! It cost us eighty cents to make 3 liter's (6.3 pints) of soya milk.
- It is a suitable alternative if you don't want or are allergic to cow's milk.
- Give yourself time to make soya milk because the dried beans have to be soaked in water for at least 4 hours or overnight before being used.
- Fresh soya milk is suitable for vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets.
- You don't need fancy equipment like a soy milk maker to make this recipe.
Cost to Make
Estimated cost = $0.80 for 3 liters or about $0.07 a cup
Please note that below is a guide for some of the ingredients we used in the recipe. The printable recipe further down the page has the complete list of ingredients, including quantities and step-by-step instructions.
Soya beans - The only ingredients needed to make this recipe is dried yellow soya beans and water to make unsweetened soya milk.
Sugar (optional) - If you like sweetened soya milk, you can mix in sugar, honey, maple syrup, or another alternative and add these to taste.
A food processor or blender - is used to blend and break down the soaked beans and turn them into soya milk.
Sieve and muslin cloth (cheesecloth) - are used to filter out the soya bean pulp from the blended beans for drinkable soya milk. You could also use a nut milk bag.
We use a piece of muslin about 70 cm (27.5 inches) x 86 cm (34 inches) in size and fold it in half to make a double layer. When done, the cloth is washed and dried for use another day.
4 liter (4.22 quart) saucepan - a saucepan this size is needed because this recipe makes about 3 liters (6.3 pints) of milk. If you don't have a saucepan this size, use a smaller saucepan and cook the milk in batches.
Soak the beans
Image 1 - Place the beans in a large container, wash and rinse the beans twice and drain well.
After washing the soya beans, fill the container with enough water to cover the beans so that the water level is about 5 - 7 cm (2 - 2.75 inches) above the surface of the beans.
You need the extra water because the beans will soak up at least twice their size in water.
Cover the container with a clean cloth and soak the beans for 4 hours (or overnight). The beans can be left to soak at room temperature or stored in the fridge in hot weather.
Image 2 - After soaking the beans, place them into a strainer to rinse and drain. Pick through the beans, and remove and discard any beans that look bad.
Image 3 - Working in batches, place half of the beans or less into a food processor and pour a portion of the water (from the amount listed in the recipe ingredients) into the processor jug.
The water level should be above the beans to ensure easy processing. Blend for 30 - 40 seconds.
Depending on the size of the food processor you have, you may have to process the beans in two or more batches.
Image 4 - You don't want to overfill the food processor because the liquid will froth and rise as the soya beans are processed.
Image 5 - After blending, pour the liquid into a clean container and repeat the blending process with the remaining beans.
After blending all the beans, rinse the jug with water to remove the residual pulp and pour this into the bowl with soya milk.
Prepare a filtering station. Place a sieve over a bowl or large saucepan, and line the sieve with a double layer of muslin cloth.
Image 6 - Working in batches, strain some of the liquid through the muslin-lined strainer and allow it to drain into the saucepan.
Image 7 - In between batches, you will need to squeeze the moisture from the pulp by gathering the ends of the muslin cloth and twisting it into a sack, then squeeze out any remaining liquid from the pulp.
Image 8 - After squeezing, remove the pulp from the muslin cloth, making it ready for the next batch.
Heat the milk
Image 9 - After filtering the soya milk, transfer the milk to a large saucepan, and pour in all the remaining water (you should have used up all the 3 ½ liters / 14 cups of water at this stage).
Place the saucepan with the soya milk over medium/high heat and bring to a boil. Stir the milk from time to time to prevent burning.
Skim and discard foam as it appears on the surface of the milk, and don't walk away from it because it can boil over.
Stir the milk from time to time to prevent sticking and burning on the bottom of the pot.
As soon as it comes to a boil, turn the heat to low and simmer for about 10 - 15 minutes, off the heat and allow it to cool.
The soya milk can be left unsweetened or sweetened depending on what you are making with it.
For sweet soya milk, mix in a sweetener of your choice when the milk is warm.
Start by adding small amounts and taste the milk in between additions until you get the correct amount of sweetness.
Soya Bean Pulp
Soya bean pulp (also known as okara) can be used as an ingredient to make many different recipes. It is high in fiber, protein, and other nutrients, making it an excellent addition to your daily diet.
Here are some things you can use okara to make muffins, pancakes, bread, patties, tempeh, and cookies.
Please note that the soya bean pulp from this recipe needs to be cooked before eating. See our post on What To Do With Soy Bean Pulp for How To Cook Raw Okara. You might also like to read our article on What is Okara? for more ideas on how to use it.
A serving size is 250ml (8.5 ounces) cup of soy milk.
Calories Per Serve
There are about 80 - 100 calories in one cup of unsweetened soya milk.
Vanilla soya milk - mix in ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (or to taste) to one cup of soya milk. If using unsweetened soya milk, sweeten to taste with your favorite sweetener.
Chocolate soya milk - Place a tablespoon of cocoa powder into a cup, add a small amount of soya milk and mix well before filling the cup with more soya milk. Stir well and sweeten to taste.
Smoothies and milkshakes - replace dairy milk with soya milk in milkshakes and smoothies like this watermelon smoothie.
You can make:
- Tofu fa or douhua (tofu custard)
- Use it to make cheese, like soya milk cottage cheese and soya milk ricotta.
- You can use it like dairy milk in any recipe like this banana chia pudding, or this dairy free custard, milkshakes, smoothies, ice cream, and baking.
- You can even use it to make sweetened condensed soy milk.
This fresh milk will only last for about 3-4 days because it is preservative-free and must be kept in the fridge.
If it begins to thicken, it is in the early stages of going off, and if it smells and tastes sour, it has gone off and must be discarded.
No, it tends to separate when frozen, and the consistency changes.
Recipes Using Soya Milk
If you liked this recipe for how to make soy milk you might like to see all our recipes using soy milk or these easy recipes:
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How To Make Soya Milk
- Food processor or blender
- Sieve and muslin cloth
- 4 liter (4.22 quart) saucepan
- 275 grams (9.7 ounces / 1 ½cups) dried yellow soya beans
- 3 ½ liters (14 cups) of water + extra water for soaking
- Sugar or alternative add to taste
Soak the beans (minimum 4 hours or overnight)
- Place the beans in a container, wash and rinse the beans twice and drain well.
- Fill the container with enough water to cover the beans so that the water level is about 5 - 7 cm (2 - 2.75 inches) above the surface of the beans. Cover the container with a lid or clean cloth and soak the beans for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Make the soya pulp
- Drain the soaked beans and discard the soaking water.
- Pick through the beans, and remove and discard any beans that look bad.
- Measure 3 ½ liters of water and put it aside for the next steps.
- Working in batches, place half of the beans or less into a food processor, and pour in some of the measured water from step 3. The water level should be well above the beans to ensure an easy processing blend for 30 - 40 seconds. NOTE: Depending on the size of the food processor you have, you may have to process the beans in two or more batches. You don't want to overfill the food processor because the liquid will rise and froth up as the soya beans are processed.
- After processing, strain the mixture by pouring it into a sieve lined with a muslin cloth placed over the top of a large saucepan to catch the soya milk.
- Gather the ends of the muslin cloth and twist it into a sack and squeeze out any remaining liquid from the pulp. Discard the soya bean pulp and return the empty muslin cloth to the sieve. NOTE: The soya bean pulp can be discarded or you can keep it to make other recipes.
- Repeat steps 4 - 6 until all the beans are processed. Rinse out the jug after the final batch with more of the water and pour this into the muslin cloth with the last lot of processed soya beans.
- Pour the remaining water into the saucepan with the soya milk.
Cook the milk
- Place the saucepan with the soya milk over medium/high heat and bring to a boil. Stir the milk from time to time to prevent burning.
- Skim and discard the froth as it appears on the surface of the milk and don't walk away from it because it can boil over.
- As soon as it comes to a boil turn it to low and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stir every so often, turn off the heat and allow it to cool.
- The soya milk can be left unsweetened or sweetened. For sweet soya milk, it is best to add a sweetener or your choice when the milk is warm.
Cool and store
- Allow the milk to cool, then transfer the milk to a bottle or other airtight container and store it in the fridge. It won't keep for that long and should be consumed within 3- 4 days.
This is by far one of the easiest ways to make soya milk! It has saved me so much time and effort. Thank you!
You should be able to pour the boiled soy milk directly into sterilized jars with sterile lids, so it will keep considerably longer in the fridge.
It would be hard for me to get through 3 litres in 2-4 days!
(OR, I could halve the recipe, of course.)
Thanks for this information.
I haven't tried pouring the boiled soy milk into sterilized jars so I can't say if it will extend it shelf life. If you do try it, I would love to know how it went.