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Review of popular soy milk makers

Making your own soy milk with a soymilk maker is very easy, allows you to save a lot of money and you know exactly what the ingredients are. If needed, you can add extra ingredients such as sugar, sweeteners, flavours, thickeners and salt to make it taste more like industrial soy milk. Making soy milk with normal kitchen tools is also possible, but requires more time and results in a lower yield. Basically you have to add the soaked soybeans and water to the soy milk maker and press the start button. We have tested the following soy milk makers with filter cup: SoyQuick, Vegan Star, SoyaJoy, SoyaPower, SoyWonder and QT400, and two filterless soy milk makers: Premium SoyQuick and SoyaDirect. The SoyaDirect belongs to the newest generation of soy milk makers that use no filter cups or grinding cover, making cleaning and handling easier. You can order this machine from the UK based company Soyadirect. When ordering, please do not forget to mention our special promotion code SYBE09, which gives you an extra discount of 10% off product sale price.

Components of a soymilk maker

Most models are composed of the following parts:
  • Heating element: this can be a heating element which is submerged in the liquid or a heating bottom plate. Both systems also exist with normal water boiler.
  • A container which will hold the soy milk plus some extra air space to prevent overcooking. This container can be plastic or stainless steel.
  • A filter cup which holds the soy beans. The surface consists of a screen which allows water or soy milk to pass through. There are two types of screens: a thin plate with very small round holes (Soyajoy, SoyaPower and Vegan Star) and a fine mesh screen (SoyWonder).
  • Sensors to prevent the overcooking of the soymilk.
  • Motor with stainless steel stirring blade to mix the soybeans.
  • A microprocessors to control the process of heating and mixing.
  • Some automatic soy milk makers have additional parts or options: a feeding window or opening which allows you to add the beans to the fully assembled soy milk maker (Soyajoys and SoyaPower) or a kit to make tofu.

Operation of an authomatic soy milk maker

The operation instructions differ slightly between the different brands but basically they work like this:
  • Weigh or measure 80 to 100 grams of dry soybeans for each liter of soy milk. Normally a measuring cup is provided.
  • Rinse the soybeans and soak for about 8 hours or overnight. Rinse the soaked soybeans again with water. Some manufacturers of soy milk makers claim that their machine can make soy milk directly from unsoaked soybeans. However, the taste will not be that good and yield will be lower.
  • Put the soybeans in filter cup and month it in the soy milk maker.
  • Add cold water in the container of the soy milk maker. Normally the desired levels are marked on the inside or outside of the container.
  • Plug the power cord in and press the start button. The soy milk maker will first heat the water to about 80 degree C (180 degree F) and then start to grind the soybeans.
  • After about 15 minutes the soy milk maker will indicate that the cycle is completed and that you can pour the soy milk in another container. The pulp, or okara, which remains in the filter cup can be used as an healthy ingredient in bread or soups. This okara is very rich in fibre but will also contain other healthy ingredients such as soy protein, isoflavones, saponins and vitamins.

Comments (12)

What soya beans to use for soya milk machine?
Hi,

A friend of mine has recently bought a soya milk making machine and was trying to find out if all soya beans are the same or whether there are different types and what the difference is in taste, texture etc. can you help me?

Thanks in advance.

Hannah
#1 - Hannah - 10/26/2013
What soya beans to use for soya milk machine?
There are more than thousand varieties of soya beans. Some varieties, such as Jinpumkong don't contain the lipoxygenase isozymes. These isozymes are responsible for the beany taste of soy milk. But don't ask me where you can buy these beans. You can also eliminate the beany taste by cooking the beans before grinding them, as most soya milk machine will automatically do.

But soya beans which you can buy in shops don't mention the variety. Most of the time I'm just lucky if I can find soya beans in the shop.

I would describe the best soya beans as follows:
- no dark spots on beans
- no cracked beans
- large even size (makes it easy to remove husk)
- nice yellow colour

#2 - Rob - 10/26/2013
Soy milk maker
Since I was interested in Soy-milk-machines, I was glad to find your extremely informative website and the excellent reviews which you provide for so many different soymilk-making-machines!

Since you are a Soy Milk Machine Expert, I would like to ask you some questions, which I could not answer by researching the internet... :-/

At the moment, I tend to buy the "SoyaPower Soy Milk Maker", because when I compare the Pro's and the Con's of your different reviews, it seems to be the best choice for such a machine - or would you personally recommend another machine?

A friend of mine f.e. has a Joyoung Soy Milk Maker - did you ever test this machine?

Here in Germany, I think the only way I could get this machine would be an import from the United States - or can you recommend me a shop here in Europe (or in the US)?


Thank you very much in advance for an answer! I really appreciate your work and your homepage and I will recommend it to my soy-loving friends...!
#3 - Michael - 10/31/2013
i want to make a soya milk how to make this?
Please give a tips for making this product.
#4 - SahabSingh - 11/19/2013
Soya milk machinery
i would like to know the cost of the soya milk machinery as i am interested in starting the soya milk manufacturing unit. in gujarat

#5 - kalpesh - 11/25/2013
inquiry fro soyajoy milk maker
Dear sir hello,

Please advice who is the importer or distributor
in Europe EU of the SOYAJOY MILK NUTS MAKER ?
I tried to find but was I canot !

Thank you in advance

George Vassias
GREECE
#6 - George Vassias - 12/17/2013
Seeking for Advise
I find Market for Soya, also I'm looking for the simplest method how to make soya milk for a just local poor families who grows Soya but no capital for having the machines.
Says
Sam
#7 - Hendry Sam - 12/18/2013
SoyaStar-Great Machine
Hi, wanted to share with you all a new soya milk maker that I recently purchased. This unit makes all forms of nut, bean, seed and grain milk effortlessly.
It looks great on my kitchen worktop and is very easy to use. Check it out here: www.soyastar.com
All the best guys!
#8 - Dorothy Elkins - 12/29/2013
Wholesale info
Hello,
I have shop in Slovenia and would like to sell some good soya milk makers with all needed certificates for selling in in EU. Can you reccomend some contact.
Best regards,
Dunja
#9 - Dunja - 01/03/2014
All major brands of soy milk makers are produced in China, for example by Joyoung. You will have to contact them: overseas@joyoung.com.cn
But I am afraid that you will have to order a container load of these machines.
#10 - Rob - 01/04/2014
I´m looking for motor of Joyoung soymilk maker. Maker typ: CTS-1028.
Could You me help?
Regards
Zoltan
#11 - Zoltan - 03/17/2014
Help
Please help I desperately need a soymilk maker. I live in India and can't find anyone to sell me one. Is there anyway that someone in Europe could help me. My husband and I are allergic to cows milk. I had a machine but it broke. I need to make rice and soy milk. Please email me at wojnosharon@yahoo.in if you can help
#12 - Sharon Wojno - 04/23/2014
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