05 November 2009

Soy Splurge



One of the reasons why Chris and I braved the crowds at Causeway Bay last Saturday was to get this at Sogo:


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A soy milk maker.


I was chatting with a friend a couple of weeks back and she mentioned that she's slowly cutting back on the milk that she gives her children. She’s giving them soy milk or rice milk instead. She shared with me what she learned from a nutritionist about how cow’s milk is not really meant for human consumption, etc. Not long before we had that discussion, my mother forwarded an email to me about the same thing, how cow’s milk is not meant for human consumption, how incidence of breast cancer is higher among those who drink cow’s milk vs. those who don’t, etc.

I don’t know how true all of this stuff is and I never really bothered to research more on this, but my main reason for getting a soy milk machine is that I much, much prefer soy milk to regular milk. I love soy milk. I’d drink it every day if I can –fresh, that is. To make soy milk from scratch, though, can be a lot of work –soaking the beans overnight, grinding them, straining, boiling. Not to mention the cleaning up afterward –it gets quite messy.

This machine does all the grinding, straining, and boiling --in less than 20 minutes. All that’s needed are soy beans and water. How healthy is that!

You still need to soak the beans for 6-8 hours.

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But after that, you just put the beans in the little cup inside the machine, add the appropriate amount of water, press a few buttons, et voila! Fresh, hot nutritious soy milk –in less than 20 minutes.

A pack of 150 grams of soy beans is only HK$4.40 (around US$0.50) and this yields around eight mugs of soy milk. You do the math. And the soy pulp from the ground soy beans? You can use that for cooking. I’ve used that with scrambled eggs, minced pork pies, hamburgers. Or you can use them as a scrub –perfectly organic.


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Soy milk is nutritionally close to cow’s milk, tastes much better, and has much less saturated fat. Now I can have it fresh, whenever I want, without my having to get out of the house! (Sorry if that sounded like a cheesy line from an ad.) But seriously, if you love soy milk, it’s so worth it to get this soy milk machine.

Do you like soy milk?

20 COMMENTS:

Nezzy said...

Great! We are planning on harvesting our soybean crop this week. Want to get together and try that new contraption? Yummy!!!

Have a terrific day and enjoy your new purchase!!!

Yelena R. said...

I like soy milk, but I don't think i can totally replace milk with soy or rice milk...

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I don't drink regular milk due to being lactose intolerant so I will drink rice milk or sometimes, non-dairy creamer in place of milk. I'm curious as to whether I'd like soy milk. Do you add any flavor to it or just drink it straight?

Menopausal New Mom said...

Gosh, you are so resourceful! What a great way to use the leftovers from making your own milk. My stepson was unable to digest milk as a baby and was on soy right after breast milk. I think there is definitely something to what you say about cow's milk and human consumption. Nice looking machine too, would look nice on your counter.

Aunt LoLo said...

Ooooh....brilliant, Mama! I've never seen a machine like that! I helped a friend make soy milk once...it took well over an hour!! Brilliant...I wonder if I could find one of those online?

Alicia said...

Wow, that is awesome!!

I agree about cows milk. When my youngest daughter was 1, that's what she would drink and she was getting so big! I switched to low fat organic and she slimmed down so much!

Veronica Lee said...

I love soy milk! My boys grew up on soy-milk.

blueviolet said...

I've tried it once and I think it will take some getting used to. That's quite a machine!

smiles4u said...

I am not sure what is the truth about drinking cows milk but I have heard the same thing that it's not for human consuption.

Since I grew up on a farm in which we had milk cows, we drank it right from the tank. I never had milk from the store until I was 17. And even after that, I mostly got the milk I drank from farmers I knew. I never liked milk from the store because it tasted so different from the fresh milk I was brought up on.

We also had big fields of soy beans and my mom would toast them in the oven and make us soy nuts but I never heard of soy milk until I was a young mom. My daughter, whom I was breast feeding, ended up being alergic to the milk products I was eating/drinking so I switched to drinking goats milk. And when I couldn't get that I would buy soy and rice milk until I weaned her.

I think this soy milk machine is really cool.I had no idea such a thing existed. I do think soy milk is good for you but it takes getting used to the taste. I think it's really neat how you use all parts of the soy bean. I'm happy you got your machine and can now enjoy all the soy milk you want!

Sarah Chang said...

Soy milk is definitely delish! don't know anything about the research but I love it. That's great that you are making your own.

Muthering Heights said...

Awesome!!

I love soy milk...I should try to find one of those!

Wanda said...

Umm.....no, but my hubby LOVES it!! We buy "SILK" for him. Even Milana likes it (it's quite sweet - naturally, I think).I put about half in her bottle of milk and she laps it right up. Can't get Dahlia to touch the stuff though.

I've read quite a bit about milk and it's a little scary. Good post!

I'll have to check into this little machine. Really worth it. Silk is about $5.00 for 2 litres. Yikes!

Mahmee said...

R and I are both unable to drink cow's milk. We love soy and rice milk. We also really love dried soy beans and most things soy. It's like a wonder food. Happy milking!
M.

Jennifer said...

Oh, oh, oh! I want one!!! Mmmm! I love soy milk! Yummy! I bet it's even better when it's freshly made!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Seems like a lot of work but worth it.

Lindy said...

Interesting machine - never knew they made such a thing....probably because I don't drink Soy milk. :)

golonghorns said...

Wow, I didn't know there was a machine that could do this. When my son was little and had ear problems, infection after infection he had been prescribed too many antibiotics and couldn't tolerate dairy we switched to soy. Now he won't drink milk at all but my daughter will. I have friends who make their own almond milk, lactose intolerant. I'll have to pass this along to them. Great information, thanks for sharing!

Helene said...

I had never heard of such a machine...how nice is that?? It sounds like it does most of the work for you! I'm all for things that make your life easier!

We're not HUGE milk drinkers over here but if we were I'd definitely consider switching to soy!

Dandy said...

I like soy milk! But I'm not supposed to have large amounts of it. Supposedly soy acts as a phytoestrogen in the body (a sort of plant based estrogen) and the breast cancer I had was estrogen receptor positive (as most are)which means my cancer grows with estrogen and so I can't have the extra estrogen as it increases my risk of recurrence.

But don't be expecting me to reduce my use of soy sauce and such :)

Dandy said...

I forgot to add that majority of the bc survivors I know are on a no soy diet. BUT research is always changing and so I really don't change my diet much.

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