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I've been looking around at various soymilk makers and wondering if any are worth their intimidating prices, and I have some questions.  Most importantly, how does the finishe'd product taste?  I like a soymilk that's somewhat thick with a taste that stands alone and doesn't need a lot of sweeteners to mask its flavor.  Think along the lines of Silk unsweetened.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  I don't have a problem spending some money for a good one, I just don't have the money to find out what works by trial and error. 

Thanks a lot! 

good question-- my husband LOVES his soymilk, but the habit is getting expensive! i have also been contemplating the purchase of a soymilk maker, but want more info. i'd be glad for any input!

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i have a soymilk maker.

for thicker milks, you can "double" process it. that is, make your soymilk and then make it again, using the first batch instead of water. you can also add some oatmeal (so says the book it came with).

that is what i know about making soymilk. i'm trying to finish off my boxed stuff before i whip out the maker. but i'll make a batch and let you know!

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How does the soymilk maker work?

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www.soymilkmaker.com

this one is suposed to be "the best". i did some hunting around online and decided i liked it compared to others...
1. it heats the beans before grinding, which is suposed to reduce the "beany" taste
2. it has just grind option too, so i can make raw nut milks

i made some milk tonight, it is really easy to use. you put the water in, some soaked beans in, plug it in and it grinds/heats for 15 minutes and then it's done. you can add salt, sweetner, whatever to make it taste howe'ver you want. you can also make nut/grain milks and the book says something about making veg/fruit juice, but i don't know if that is something i would do with this...

they also give ways to make it thicker, like adding oats and rice and stuff like that with the soy. garbanzos will make it "creamy". it comes with a manual and a recipe book. woo!

i'm sure it tastes like soymilk, its scalding hot and i burned my hand so i'm gonna let it chill for a bit!  :D

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I bought a soy milk maker and when I tried it I hated the end result. I tried making soymilk a couple of times with organic soybeans as well as tried making rice milk.  Both turned out horribly.  The taste was just yuk, it had a weird consistency and a taste that didn't resemble any of the soymilks available for purchase in the stores.  I forget the brand of soymilk maker I bought but spent close to $100.  It was a total waste for me. 

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did you add anything to the soymilk? most of the stuff on the market has a LOT of stuff added to change the taste/texture.

My gf regularly buys/drinks unflavored/unsweetened soymilk so I'm gonna have her try it. I ate some this morning with my cereal and it smells really "clean" and fresh and didn't really taste odd with the cereal. I actually could taste the cinnamon in the cereal, which i never did when i used vanila soymilk. Next time I think I might add some rice or oats to thicken it up a bit.

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My vitamix came with a recipe for soy milk.  I have not gotten up the courage to try it.  Someday I will! But for now I just make smoothies, margs and soy creams!

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Ooh, what's a vitamix?  That sounds wonderful and fun!

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veganannette...A Vitamix is a turbo-powered blender on steroids! It's awesome. I couldn't live without mine.
http://www.vitamix.com/

Cali, I never noticed the soymilk recipe in my book...thanks for mentioning it. Maybe I'll work up the courage to give it a try!

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fakeveganannette: check out the vitamix here: http://vegweb.com/vitamix.shtml

it looks great!                                                                                                                                                                 

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i want a vitamix but darn they're $$$!

do they really make juice like the webpage claims? i just have my silly half dead blender and, well, it can hardly make a smoothie somedays.  >:(

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did you add anything to the soymilk? most of the stuff on the market has a LOT of stuff added to change the taste/texture.

Yes, I followed a couple different recipes, none of them tasted right though. They just all tasted funny to me.

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So what kind of beans does one use to make soy milk?  I know they're soybeans, but in what state?  Dried or fresh or frozen?  Do different soybean varieties produce different tasting "milks"?

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you use the dried ones (white). you soak them and then make soymilk. you don't want to use the fresh/green/enemamae (howe'ver you spell it). there are different kinds of soybeans, some say the laura bean is best for milk but i just use the organic bulk ones from the coop and they work fine.

i actually just made a batch. woot.  8)

i made soy/rice/oat milk. its less freaky tasting than the straight up homemade soy fava'. I put brown rice syrup, org. sug, and vanilla in it. now i'm drinking it.

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VITAMIX GREAT!!!

i have had mine for over 5 years now and it has  paid for itself over and over and over and over again

the BEST investment i EVER made!!!--i LOVE my blender. i know its just an appliance n all but it kicks ass!!!(can i say that here?)

i actually did not  know about the recipe for soymilk either haha thanx for the update

ALSO... BAYPUPPY...you mentioned you  have a soy milk maker and its the best kind?--please tell me the name brand of it and where you got it--im in british columbia so probly won't be the same places around or anything

but it may be something i would be interested in buying as soymilk is soooooooooooooo stinken expensive and i think,  goes way faster than milk EVER  did for me when i used to drink it

thanx so much  guys, this is a  fantabulous site!!!

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i posted the link for the site of the one i have earlier in this tread. they claim theirs is the best, it seemed better than others i checked out. i'm happy with mine  ;D

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ummm i tried maken almond milk in the vitamix...left A LOT of foamy stuff behind in the strainer and the  'milk' tasted kinda funny

--i put it in the fridge for the next day...it was already starting to sour, which i found wierd, i  used it anyway in my pancake batter--which by the way was wonderful because i haven't had  pancakes in a very long time because i can't have flour so i tried spelt flour and it seems to be easier for my tummy to digest :)

soooooooo i guess i gonna check into a soymilk maker(leave it to the  professionals hahah)

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