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Soy Milk Maker

30 Dec

Two years ago we made a deal with my sister and brother that we would not give gifts for each other. Then we thought… well dear brother is still young so we’ll still give him a gift. Well that Christmas, my sister still bought me and RedDuck gifts. She considered them small but we didn’t get them anything, nada! So this year even though we said we still weren’t going to buy each other gifts, I went out and bought my sister and brother-in-law something small. I knew she would buy us something again. And I was right! She bought us a soy milk maker!

We now own a Soyajoy G3 Soy Milk Maker. The instructions said to clean it first so that it would remove any metalic taste from the machine’s first use. I filled water to between the min and max water line, added a drop of liquid soap detergent, plugged it in, pressed the nuts/beans button and let it do it’s work. When I can around there were soap suds surrounding the pot. I was kind of put off since the machine has a sensor, it should shut off when it overflows, right? Anyway, it was fine and I rinsed it and dried it to start my first soy milk making experience.

And then I read you have to soak the soybeans for 6-10 hours. Geez, that’s a long time… that’s why people soak the beans the night before and make milk in the mornings. So I measured out the approximate beans and soaked them in water. That was 11:30 AM. I went back to it after putting Mantou to bed around 8:00 PM. I added the water in between the min and max water line, added the beans, plugged it in, pressed the nuts/beans button and let it do it’s work, again. I went to watch an episode of The Office and about 2 minutes before the episode was finished, I hear a beeping sound. The soy milk was done! Well not quite, I still have to sieve off the soybean pulp so I used the strainer over the plastic container that they provided and slowly poured the hot soy milk into the container. I pressed the pulp to get as much soy milk out of them. Then I let it cool.

When it was cool enough I tasted it without adding any sugar. There was a slight “egg” taste but I had read about that in the Amazon review. It wasn’t very strong. We poured the milk into mason jars and put it in the fridge. The next day when we went to open the container the egg fume filled our nostrils. At first it was a bit much but our noses quickly adjusted and my husband thought it was great with a bit of sugar in his cereal.

Now we just have to make sure Mantou isn’t allergic to soy. We had been giving him soy milk in his bag for day care. I had noticed that the area around his mouth was red. Since soy milk was the only “new” thing we had given him it might be the culprit. The redness has gone but RedDuck thinks we should re-introduce the soy milk and watch if the redness appears again. It seams though that if it is a soy reaction, it doesn’t bother him except for the physical redness.

Egg Nog for Breakfast

29 Dec

I have officially tried 3  dairy-free “egg” nogs this holiday season, Earth Balance, So Delicious, and Silk versions.

The Silk Nog was by far the closest thing to egg nog. Yup here I go comparing the real thing. Even if you ask my brother he’ll tell you that it’s not quite egg nog. It was thick and noggy with a slight taste back to soy. The So Delicious brand was excellent at first sip, but once it goes down, that coconut aftertaste kind of ruined the initial egg nog taste. It’s not a bad thing, just not what I was expecting after that first sip. The Earth Balance brand was thinner and some of the spices just didn’t add up to egg nog so it wasn’t our favorite.

One awesome thing I learned from So Delicious was that you could make Egg Nog French Toast! Since we celebrated Christmas early at my in-laws and planned to be there for the week , we had hit Whole Foods earlier. We bough a loaf of brown rice bread and the egg nog. (BTW, I couldn’t find the So Delicious brand at my Whole Foods, weird). Knowing that towards the end of the week our loaf of bread would not be eaten by anyone but ourselves, we decided to try out the recipe for French Toast. I actually saw the recipe online so I was searching for it on the computer and my husband tells me the next day that it was right on the carton, duh! We had so much batter left over that we ended up making french toast twice.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe banans
  • 2 cups So Delicious Coconut Milk Nog
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 8 slices gluten-free bread (We used Life is Good Brown Rice Bread)
  • Earth Balance Buttery Spread

Blend bananas, coconut nog, cinnamon, and vanilla in a blender and pour into bowl. Immerse bread slices into the bowl letting them soak up mixture on all sides.

Heat a non-stick pan on Med-High and add a layer butter. When pan is hot, add the bread slices to the pan, heating slowly until bottom is golden brown. Turn and brown the other side.

Serve with maple syrup

Condensed Soy Milk

11 Sep

My husband is a big coffee drinker and wanted to find an alternative to creamer. He decided to use condensed milk instead, probably got this idea from drinking Vietnamese coffee. He found a recipe using non-dairy milk in a crockpot.

4 ingredients, 1 crockpot, 7+ hours on high without the lid.

  • 2 ¾ non-dairy milk (we used a soy brand from the Asian market)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Note: We had to keep it in the crock pot longer since it didn’t thicken to our liking. By the way, I read that you can make dulce de leche from condensed milk in the slow cooker so if you leave it in the crock pot longer you may end up with dessert!
Also, make sure you use a soy milk that you like, I bought it from a local company in SF but my husband thought it tasted too “Taiwanesey”. Probably should have stuck with Silk.
*recipe from veganbaking.net

Oat Milk

29 Aug

Since we are avoiding cow’s milk my husband has created his own recipe for milk made from oats!

1 cup cooked oats (half cup raw)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup sugar

5 cups of water

BLEND for 2 minutes!