Works For Me Wednesday

Playing with Shannon at Rocks In My Dryer again this week.  My tip has to do with soy milk.  I have several milk-allergic children.  For awhile we were going through soy milk like crazy, even though we didn’t serve it every meal.

 After nearly going broke (that stuff is expensive!) I did an internet search and found this: SoyaJoy soy milk maker.  It makes soy milk from uncooked soy beans. 3/4 cup of soaked beans makes a couple quarts in just 20 minutes for pennies. 

 We got 6 years of use out of our first machine– and we used it hard!–and just recently bought our second one of the same brand.

 Works for me!!

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  1. I LOVE this idea….

    I had never heard of this…can't wait to go check it out!

  2. Wow! Sounds great. I'm the only one that drinks soy in my family and mine usually goes bad before I finish it. Does the milk last longer using this machine by any chance?

  3. I wish I had found this when we were makin all our own stuff. All three of my kids have many food allergies. We oen a Bosch food processor and a grain mill because we had to buy so many different types of grain. I used to make my own pinto bean milk (not as bad as it sounds, really). I found that you could make a "milk" from just about any bean or nut. Now we buy cheap soy milk at Aldi but I might look into this and see how much we would save.

  4. I didn't know there was such a thing either. None of mine have allergies, but they love soy milk.

  5. Mary, I have two who regularly drink soy milk in our house and a third who needs to but doesn't like the taste. Do you buy the soy beans locally or do you buy the ones advertised on the link you shared?

    This is a wonderful idea, and I am sure my husband would love to start saving that money and stop spending $4/gallon for soymilk!

  6. My Costco sells the Vanilla Soymilk, which my son and I like, for less than $12 a case (12 1 qt cartons), so that's a pretty good price, too (they are the boxes, so you just refrigerate as needed).

  7. I had never heard of that. Wow!!

  8. We don't use soy here, but I just think that's amazing and wonderful that they have that machine!

    We invested in a bread machine just this year- and I'm still amazed by it!

  9. Great tip! How hard is it use? My sister drinks soy and I was thinking maybe I could get her one of these for Christmas or a birthday.

  10. We buy the beans from a local food coop– it's a bargain. You do have to add sugar to the milk too– about 3/4 cup per gallon is what I do. The machine is super-easy: Put the beans in the hopper. Fill the machine with water to the line, plug it in, push start, and that's it. Takes maybe a minute to set up a batch.

  11. How cool is that???? 🙂

  12. I believe this is my favorite WFMW ever. I'll check into that!

  13. Mary! Mary! Mary!!

    PLEASE do some more posts about living dairy-free. The baby is now allergeric to dairy and peanuts as well. I already drank soy milk and didn't think that no dairy would be so hard but its hard!

    I was going to do WFMW on Smart Balance Vegan Spread, a great butter substitute, and I've found reasonably priced dairy free chocolate (Hersey's Kitchens) but I'm looking for all the tips I can get. I breastfeed just short of forever so even though baby is 18 months old, we won't wean for about a year so I have to be dairy-free too!!

    Please write more this!


  14. Excellent idea. My granddaughter drinks soymilk.

  15. What a great idea! We go through lots of soy milk so this could be a huge help. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Oh my goodness, we NEED one of these. I have made all kinds of bean milk (lentil, pinto, soy, garbanzo) from scratch but it is hard to do and the kids don't always like it. We are now to the point where all three kids can drink soy milk (enzymes are a life saver) but they only like certain brands and it gets EXPENSIVE.