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How to make soy milk?

It's very easy to make soy milk at home. If you make soy milk on a daily basis you might find an automatic soymilk maker (also called soy milk machine) such as Soyajoy, Soylife, Miracle, Soyquick, Soyawonder or Vegan Star very helpful.

Step1: Ingredients

You need about 125 g whole soya beans to make 1 liter of soy milk.

Step2: Soaking and dehulling the soya beans

Clean the soya beans and soak them in water for 10 - 16 hours. Although not necessary, you can remove the hulls be kneading the soya beans and flushing the loose hulls with water. Removing the hulls makes the extraction process more efficient. An alternative is to crack the soya beans before soaking. The hulls come loose easily and can be washed away. When you use cracked soya beans you need less soaking time: 6 - 8 hours.

Step3: Heating the soya beans (optional)

Heating the soya beans will destroy enzymes which are responsible for the development of beany flavour. This heating can best be achieved by microwaving the wet soaked soya beans during 2 minutes.

Step4: Grinding the soya beans

Grind the soaked soya beans and 1 liter water in a blender. Sieve the mixture trough a cheese cloth and recover the soy milk. The insoluble material which remains on the sieve is called okara, and can be used as an ingredient for bread making or as cattle feed.

Step5: Boiling the soy milk

Heat the soy milk till boiling point and continue boiling for about 5 to 10 minutes. After cooling, the soy milk is ready and can be kept in the fridge for another 3 days.

Step6: Flavouring the soy milk (optional)

The soy milk can be drunk as such but taste can be improved by adding some salt (also cow milk contains a lot of salt).
With soy milk you can easily make your own fruit smoothie. Fruit smoothies are very healthy because they contain soy milk and a lot of fresh fruits.


Make soymilk from dehulled soybeans

Actually even if you dont dehull the soya bean you still can make good nice tasty soya milk. The reason you got beany taste is because you dont cook long even and it is not cooked by 'wet heat' with cover opened.
Ronald - 27 October 2013

Make soymilk from dehulled soybeans

I never remove the hulls, too much work! My soymilk and tofu taste nice. But I use soymilk maker.
Antonio - 27 October 2013

Fairview Farms Laura Soybeans

Laura Beans are supposedly the best for soymilk and tofu. The Chambers Family Farm's Food Soybeans are 100% NON-GMO and grown, tended, harvested and packaged their 5th generation family farm. Because of it's unique Non-Beany Flavor it makes excellent soymilk.
3girls4me - 27 October 2013

Soya milk smell

What should be added in soya milk to reduce it odor smell?
Kamlesh - 31 October 2013

Soya milk smell

Do you want to mask the beany flavor of homemade soy milk? It is important that you cook the soybeans before mixing to destroy enzymes that produce off-flavors. A soy milk maker will take care for this automatically. Whisking the soy milk while boiling will remove most of the beany flavor. You can also add a bit of vanilla flavor to mask it.
Rob - 31 October 2013

Make soybean milk

I am grateful for these comments. Was just put on soybean milk and the prices at the store are throat cutting. Now I can make my own milk. just boust 2kg of soybeans for $5. That will take a long time to get finished. Thanks
Name - 05 December 2013

Need to find a sieve to filter soy milk

I currently make my own soy milk on the stove, and have very effectively used a very fine 4 inch strainer with a relatively flat shaped ladle that I use to squeeze down on the okara. After cooking the soy in a large pot, I pour the slurry through the strainer. Once the strainer is full of okara, I squeeze down with the ladle and then I can knock the okara off into another container (it comes off completeley, leaving nothing on the strainer) and run more cooked soy through it. This system works fine for a gallon at a time, but with all my friends banging on the door for some......I want to grow to a larger capacity. I would like to find a larger sieve to use in this system. Does anyone know of a suitable product and who sells it in the usa????
Soy maker - 27 December 2013

Need to find a sieve to filter soy milk

Google for "laboratory sieves" and you will find a lot of places that sell these sieves. For example They seem to be quite expensive.
Rob - 27 December 2013

Spoiled soya milk

You should never drink spoiled soya milk because you never know if the bacteria that are present are friendly. Maybe you should soak the beans overnight and make fresh soya milk in the morning. A good soya milk maker is Soyajoy, which you can find on Ebay or Amazon, but they are shipped from the US.
Rob - 23 June 2014

Soy milk curdles as soon as I try to boil it

You recommend boiling the soy milk for 3 to 10 minutes, others boil for as long as 20 minutes but my milk curdled in the pot as soon as it started boiling.
When I tried to boil a little raw left over milk for my baby goat in the microwave, it just curdled instantly. Could the acidity of my borehole water be too high and what can I do about it when making soy milk?
Pieter - 15 October 2014

Soy milk curdles as soon as I try to boil it

Is there anybody out there who has experienced similar problems or knows somebody with the knowledge to give some indication as to why my soy milk curdles as soon as I try to boil it? Please help.
Pieter - 24 October 2014

Soy milk curdles as soon as I try to boil it

Maybe your borehole water contains too much minerals such as calcium or magnesium. These minerals are used to curdle soy milk for making tofu.
Rob - 24 October 2014

Nutritional aspect of soya milk

Very interesting article about Soya milk. But, I want to known about the nutritional aspect of soya milk when it boils or being used for cooking.
Chandralal Kalansooriya - 07 November 2014

Oiliness in Soy Milk

I have been making soya milk but I couldn't remove the oiliness and the thickness of the milk (I use 1:7 ratio -i cup soya beans, 7 cups water...) when mixed with coffee even after adding the same amount of water to the milk. Any suggestions to get a proper consistency of soy milk? I have not tried boiling the soya beans after soaking though...
Leah - 10 November 2014

Make soy milk from soy flour

Here is recipe for making soya milk from soya flour.

1 cup soya flour
3 cups water

Have two large saucepans ready. Combine soya flour and 3 cups water in 1 saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly with a spoon. Stir and cook until foam begins to rise. Remove from heat, pour soya milk through cloth-lined colander into second pan, pressing down to remove all liquid. Bring soya milk to a boil and simmer 5 minutes.
Elma - 14 January 2015

How I make my soya milk

Ingredients: 1/2 cup whole soya beans, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and one pinch salt. Clean whole soybeans or cotyledons by removing dirt and damaged soya beans. Drop soya beans directly into three cups boiling water containing 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and blanch for five minutes. Drain and rinse with hot water. Grind the blanched soya beans with three cups very hot water for three minutes using blender setting at high speed. Cool till warm to touch and filter through cheese cloth by squeezing. Simmer soya milk on a stove for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add salt, sugar and flavors as desired.
Susanne - 20 January 2015

out of curiosity!

Hi good pm! i knew that grinding soybeans with the addition of water would result to soy slurry. if the ratio would be 1kg soybean is to 5kg of water, thus yield 6kg soy slurry,how much of okara will be recovered? thanks ahead for the quick response.
Victor - 13 February 2015

out of curiosity!

You will get about 1.5 kg of okara. That is measured on very firm okara. If it is more liquid it will be more like 2 kg.
Rob - 13 February 2015

Natural soya milk

After reading the recipe on this page I now prepare fresh natural soya bean milk for schools. I used the okara to prepare nutritious banku for the family.
Baah Charles - 28 March 2015

You haven't had soymilk until you make it yourself

I love making soya, and then drying the okara in my dehydrator. I then vacuum seal and toss in the freezer. I do the same thing with the residual lees from my nutmilk, love to use in baking or in burgers/meatloaf, etc. You can even use in body scribe and face masks. I wanted to share a recipe for Edamame Milk, yes, I used immature soybeans. Delicious.
200 gram edamame, hulled
8 cups (2 liter) water
2 pandan leaves, knotted -optional-
8 tablespoon sugar, or to taste
Instructions: Cover hulled edamame in room temp water and wait for 30-45 minutes and then drain, rinse again and transfer to a blender. Top with 4 cups of water and process until smooth. Line a strainer/colander with muslin cloth (or a thin kitchen towel), pour the processed edamame through the strainer/colander/nutmilk bag, squeeze to get every last drop of the liquid. Return the edamame pulp back to the blender, top with another 4 cups of water, and repeat the process (step 2) one more time. Bring the edamame liquid and pandan leaves to a boil on low to medium heat. Once it boils, let it simmer for 5 more minutes. Turn off heat, then add the sugar and stir until the sugar has fully dissolved. Serve immediately, or chilled in the fridge.
--The first time you make this use only 2 tbsp sugar and sweeten as needed. You may find the edamame milk naturally sweet. You can use sweeteners like cane or palm sugar-honey-maple syrup-molasses-sorghum-use dates or figs-yacon,etc. Enjoy!
I often use recipes from this page, check it out-
Gotta run, I have soybeans cooling, making some soy sauce, a liter of miso and a few pounds of peanut-soy-garbanzo tempeh!!
Sara - 17 April 2015

any other ingredient

Do i need to add any other ingredient to it like sugar flavour milk or what. Thanks
fumit - 30 May 2015

any other ingredient

That depends on your taste preference. Plain soy milk has a very bland taste. Adding a little bit of salt and sugar will improve the taste considerably. I prefer to add cacao powder, vanilla flavor, salt and sweeteners (no sugar).
Rob - 30 May 2015

Soy milk curdles as soon as I try to boil it

Peter, if your milk curdles, it may means the amount of water in it is not adequate. It happens to me until I discovered what the prob was. I was trying to make thick milk and I ended up with curdled milk...looking like cheese.
pritislim - 31 May 2015

Foam on soya milk

When boiling d soya bean milk. The foaming is it there any need to removed foam when boiling?
Benson - 04 June 2015

Foam on soya milk

The foam on soya milk is not poisonous. It is often removed but that is more for aesthetic reasons (the soya milk looks more smooth).
Rob - 04 June 2015

soy anything harmful

Isn't there something poisonous in the hulls or skin of soy beans? Can this be given to infants/babies? I read somewhere there are properties in soy that are harmful..what is the best way to remove them,if so.. thank you for the recipe above,
jane - 02 July 2015

improve the duration of soya milk preservation

for how long can the soya milk stay before it spoiled and how can I improve the duration of its preservation
alkamar - 23 July 2015

How to eliminate yellow color

How can I eliminate yellow color of soy-milk. I want white color as cow milk.....please say what chemical can i mix
S Banerjee - 26 July 2015

How to eliminate yellow color

The color of your soy milk depends on the color of the soybeans that you use. Some soybeans are more yellowish than others. Also it is important that the soybeans are fresh because they get darker as the age as result of natural oxidation. I don't know of any chemicals that can be used to improve the color of soy milk. Commercial soy milk never contains such chemicals.
Rob - 26 July 2015

Nothing poisonous

There is nothing poisonous. You might have heard about some of the stuff in soybeans that is there to block digestion of certain other things, which boiling takes care of. Phytates is one of them, I believe. Pretty much the best approach is to ferment them if full nutrition is what you're going for, but with soy milk you're fine when it comes to poisons.
Now there are people that swear up and down that soybeans have estrogen in them and make guys into girls, blah blah. They don't take into account that it's not estrogen, it's phytoestrogens. Isoflavone is one of them, and it has very weak hormonal actions. It's most accurate for me to say that there's been nothing found scientifically (and conclusively, just speculation) saying that soybeans have any poison.
Dan - 02 August 2015

How safe is soy milk for infants?

Hi, I just stumbled on your page now and I found it very educative and as an eye opener. But pls I would like to know how safe is it if it were to be used as an infant feed. Thanks for your help.
Tutu - 20 August 2015

Alternatives to cheese cloth

Any other alternatives to cheese cloth during sieving?
Gautam - 21 August 2015

Alternatives to cheese cloth

You can also use a dish cloth, a tofu pressing cloth or a nut milk bag. Making nut milk is becoming very popular and now you can buy nut milk bags for this purpose.
Rob - 22 August 2015

Nutritional value

Does making soy milk decrease soya beans protein value as the okara is removed .which has more proteins 125 g boiled soy beans or 1 litre soy milk.
Gautam - 22 August 2015

soya milk turned in thick like porridge

Hi, I extracted soya milk and on boiling it turned thick like porridge and not like milk :(
Note: Not able to deskin even after 12hrs of soaking, is the soya bean i used is too dry?
Vani - 24 August 2015

soya milk turned in thick like porridge

Maybe the water that you use is too hard (too much calcium and/or magnesium). Or the beans got acidified (lactic acid fermentation) during soaking in warm water. The lactic acid will coagulate the soy milk.
Rob - 24 August 2015

soya milk preservative

Hi,I want to know there is any safe preservative for soya milk? And what is it?
sammy akpor - 30 August 2015

soya milk preservative

As far as I know it is not possible to chemically preserve soya milk. Common preservatives such as sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate only work in foods with low pH, such as fruit drinks and sour salads. Many producers claim that their soya milk is preservative free, but this claim does not make sense since preservatives are never added to lengthen the shelf-life of soya milk.
Rob - 30 August 2015

soya milk preservative

i use sodium benzoate only to find out that it changed the color and taste of soya... do you have other option?
renesausa - 05 September 2015

soya milk preservative

According to a recent study, it is possible to preserve soybean milk with sodium benzoate, but only for about 2 weeks and when stored cooled. Also the soybean milk should be first pasteurized. The quanity of sodium benzoate is quite high and will influence the taste. "Results obtained showed that sodium benzoate at a concentration of 700-800 ppm along with refrigeration was able to control the proliferation of mesophilic aerobic bacteria maintaining them within the levels of 3×103 for up to 13 days of storage at refrigeration temperature. At room temperature, it was possible to control the proliferation of mesophilic aerobes to 3×103 for only four days with up to 800 ppm of sodium benzoate. Yeasts and molds were controlled to the permissible levels of 3×103 for 8 days when 600- 800 ppm of sodium benzoate was used while lower concentrations of 100-500 ppm were able to achieve preservation for only 7 days at room temperature." Source: J.E. Momoh, C.E. Udobi and A.A. Orukotan. Improving the Microbial Keeping Quality of Home Made Soymilk Using a Combination of Preservatives, Pasteurization and Refrigeration. British Journal of Dairy Sciences 2(1): 1-4, 2011.
Rob - 05 September 2015

soya milk preservative

Hi guys all i know to some commercial soy milk is made completely sterile by heating at very high temperature during short time (for example 30 sec at 135°C). This you can not achieve in your kitchen, even boiling will not kill all bacteria. Your utensils may also contain some bacteria well its depends anyway for you how you manage things into your house etc by the way this is the first time i been here so i just reading some of your comment guys and nice to meet all of you also i hope my opinion helps its just for hygiene:) Thanks and god bless. Kindly Regards.
Ronald28 - 05 September 2015

Make soy milk

I see so many recipes for soy milk. I have done this for years.. --
I wash a couple of pounds of non GMO soy beans (picked). I soak the beans for 12 hours, drain and rince til the water is clear. Then I grind the beans (most of them).. and put the ground beans in ziplock freezer bags - about a cup in each and freeze.
I take a cup of ground soy beans and about a quart of filtered water. bring it to temperature (a soft coddling boil) and I stir constantly, for a 12 - 15 minutes at the low boil - removing foam is usually not necessary as it forms at a higher heat. Then I pour it through a single layer of cheese cloth in a strainer into a clean jar.
That is it - I add it to green drinks, make custards out of it, use it as an emulsifier for pimento cheese instead of mayo. I use it anywhere I need milk or cream.
I do not add sugar or vanilla or honey or salt. it is just a nice thick creamy soymilk.
I use the okara in beans or soups or chili.. or add a little butter and eat as a cereal..
I have been looking around to see what others do and found your blog - thought I would add my recipe.
Martha - 08 September 2015

Make soy milk

Thanks martha for such a nice recipe, does it not curdle while making custard. Im planning to make soy milk today. Let me know if a normal mixer grinder helps in grinding the soaked soy beans or it needs a special grinder ??
Bhargavi G - 08 September 2015

Nutritional benefit

Does soyaflour good for infant feeding.
Janet - 17 September 2015


Chemical reduction of ion strength and oxidation reduction potential consolidation near -ve ORP will enable the sodium benzoate at 800 ppm preserve soy milk for weeks. To achieve this, simply boil and cool the steeping and process water with 100 ppm EDTA added. Add trace ginger, cloves and garlic oil to improve flavour and shelf life. Use citrate/caseinate buffer to keep the final soy milk pH between 5.5 and 5.9. Don't forget to add lecithin emulsifiers. We can make soy milk the way nature synthesised cow or human milk as guide. I helped a doctoral thesis student on soy milk overcome the stability and coagulation problems using brewing principles. Malting the soybean grains will reduce the being off flavour. Email
Chimdindu Osuagwu - 19 September 2015

Boiling before straining

Can the extracted milk from soybeans be boiled before straining it?the flavour to add should it be liquid or powdered
Hertty - 21 September 2015

soya milk machine

I am in SriLanka. I could not find Soya Milk machine in here.How can I barrow it.
M K Somasiri De Alwis - 07 October 2015


I boiled my soya beans till it's tender before dehulling it I grinded it and boiled the water for 45 minutes. I did not remove remove the Okara, hope there's no problem.
Maureen - 10 October 2015

How to make powered soya milk

Can I know how to make powered soya milk. How should preserve it for 6 months.
Victor - 11 October 2015

Soymilk curdled overnight in the fridge

I need help , can i still drink even when my soymilk has thickened or curdled after overnight in the fridge? It doesnt taste spoiled but the teture is scary. Does anybody experience this?
Please share and thank you.
Mayee - 22 October 2015

Soymilk curdled overnight in the fridge

I would not eat it. Maybe the temperature in your fridge is too high. You should check it with a thermometer.
Rob - 23 October 2015

How to make powered soya milk

I a afraid that you cannot make soya milk powder at home. Soy milk powder is made in huge towers where the milk is sprayed at the top and as the small drops fall down they evaporate in the hot air and become powder as they reach the bottom.
Rob - 23 October 2015

soymilk maker

I have a soymilk maker and it is really easy to make soymilk using it.
MaRecipes - 25 October 2015

Tofu from home made soy milk

How can I make tofu from the home made soy milk?
Anjali bansal - 06 November 2015

Soya Beans and Water

I am just being confused as I read a lot of article on how to make a soy milk. I just would like to know if what is the right ration of soya beans to water? How many cups of water do I need for every cup of soy beans? Thanks for the answers.
Junniel - 07 November 2015

It is very easy to make soy milk powder. It would only come out in chokolate not white. However getting it white is still possible but longer process.I have a product in the market now ELANSOYA milk and pulp. Send me a mail we can start something.Thanks
Daniel Wiseman - 27 November 2015

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