Lately I’ve come across a number of articles debating dairy vs. non-dairy diets, and though I have yet to form an opinion on the matter one author did mention, in an offhand comment, that she enjoys making her own milks. In that moment it dawned on me that I didn’t even know this was possible, and I spent the next hour or so scouring the internet for information. It turns out that not only is it possible, its quite easy and super cheap!
I have opted to try soy milk first, and it is the recipe I will provide you with; almond, rice and coconut milks are made in a similar fashion and if any of you have tried these I would love to hear how it went for you. I found organic soybeans in bulk at my local coop for a $1.69 a pound, and purchased a pound and a half, plus spent another $2 on cheesecloth. Everything else the recipe requires I had on hand, and likely you will too. This recipe made a half gallon and I have enough left over ingredients for 3 more batches. That means I’m spending a little over a $1 a gallon!! That sure beats the $4 a half gallon I usually pay!! I’ve also read that it will keep for 7 days in the refrigerator (though I can’t confirm this yet) and that each 8 ounce glass has roughly 70 calories.
PS-Just today I found this article on NPR about making your own tofu!