Place soy beans and 2 cups of water in a container. Cover with a lid and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 12 hours.
After 12 hours, drain off the water keeping the soaking liquid.
Measure soaking liquid and add water to reach 4 cups in total. Place soy beans and 1 cup of water in a blender. Process the soy beans until the mixture is smooth.
Place soy beans and 1 cup of water in a blender.
Process the soy beans until the mixture is smooth.
Place the pureed soybeans in a pot with 2 cups of water. Place remaining 1 cup of water in the blender, swishing it around to remove all the pureed soybeans and add to pot.
Cook the mixture for 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently. The milk will get pretty foamy so keep a close eye on so that it doesn’t boil over and make a mess.
When the time is up, turn off the heat and allow the mixture to slightly cool. Place the strainer over a bowl. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer or a strainer/colander lined with cheesecloth. Use caution as mixture is hot and you don’t want to burn yourself.
Allow the mixture to strain and then press the soybean pulp with a spoon or spatula to squeeze out as much water as possible. Or if using a cheesecloth you can squeeze when it has cooled enough to handle.
Place the liquid back into a pot. Place it on the stove over medium heat and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes. You can remove the foam or skin that forms on the top. Stir frequently to prevent the milk from sticking.
When the milk has cooked for the allotted time, turn it off and allow it to cool. When it has cooled, pour it through the strainer again to remove any skin that may have formed. Then transfer it to a glass container and store in the refrigerator.
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: Fine mesh strainer or cheeseclothYIELD: ½ cup of soybeans makes about 3 cups of soy milk and 1 ½ cups of okara.The soy milk will last about 3 days depending on the temperature of your refrigerator. Just remember that the milk doesn’t have any preservatives so it will definitely not last as long as commercial soy milk.