Soya-Bean Milk

Soy milk (also called soya milk, soymilk, soybean milk, or soy juice) and sometimes referred to as soy drink/beverage is a beverage made from soybeans. A stable emulsion of oil, water, and protein, it is produced by soaking dry soybeans and grinding them with water.

The oldest evidence of soy milk production is from China where a kitchen scene proving use of soy milk is incised on a stone slab dated around A.D. 25–220.[1] It also appeared in a chapter called Four Taboos (Szu-Hui) in the A.D. 82 book called Lunheng by Wang Chong, possibly the first written record of soy milk. Evidence of soy milk is rare prior to the 20th century and widespread usage before then is unlikely.

According to popular tradition in China, soy milk was developed by Liu An for medicinal purposes, although there is no historical evidence for this legend.[1] This legend appeared in the late 15th century in Bencao Gangmu, where Li was attributed to the development of tofu with no mention of soy milk. Later writers in Asia and the West additionally attributed development of soy milk to Liu An, assuming that he could not have made tofu without making soy milk. However, it is also likely that Liu An has been falsely attributed to the development of tofu by writers after his time.

One cup of soy milk contains only 5 grams of total fat whereas there is 8 grams of total fat in the same amount of cow’s milk. Soy milk is perfect for people who are lactose intolerant, for vegetarians, for those who are allergic to animal milk, and for those who are suffering from diarrhea.

There are many types of soy beans and they all can be used to make soy bean milk. When buying soya beans, make sure that the beans are whole and not cracked and are not green in color. A good reason why you should make your own soy milk is that the milk you make at home will not contain any added preservatives (not to mention it is cheaper to make it yourself).

Ingredients for soy milk:

1 lb. uncooked soy beans, washed and cleaned of stones

Fresh water

Brown or white sugar

A small piece of fresh ginger or fresh orange peel