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Soy Unique

In gadget on 07/05/2009 at 1:52 pm

Settling into new digs requires finding the best local thrift store. The one most accessible downtown on Broad St. is the Unique Thrift Store, which, ironically, is a chain. We’ve scrounged amongst the racks on both gigantic floors for some lovely foodie goodies: a warming tray from the 70’s, a large cast-iron bacon press with a pig imprint, and our new pride and joy, a soy milk maker.

We scored this baby for $9.99, originally priced at $150. This gadget is not a bare necessity, but it is very handy for working folk who no longer have time to breathe, let alone cook, during the weekdays (my 5 hour round trip commute is already killing me after one week). The vessel, shaped like a dolphin – according to its manufacturers – makes soy milk in just 15 minutes. You just add water and soybeans, turn it on, and harvest when done. If only Billy Mays were still around to hawk this thing…R.I.P.

The other half experimented with it last night and produced a runnier than handmade soy ‘skim’ milk, a lite version of the real thing. After sitting overnight in the fridge, it firmed up a little. Next time, we will soak the beans overnight to make its juice readily extractable, and push the ‘extra thick’ button.

The manual was strictly in Mandarin Chinese, but the Chinglish instructions found online are deducible, even by the other half. Besides the traditional soy milk, there is a tofu-making mold kit included, and other variations of the classic beverage to try below:

Soy sesame seed milk
3/4 cup of dry soy or 1.5 cup of soaked soy
1/2 cup of sesame seeds
Note: Use roasted sesame seeds for stronger flavor.

Soy almond milk
3/4 cup of dry soy or 1.5 cup of soaked soy
1/2 cup of almond

Soy peanut milk
3/4 cup of dry soy or 1.5 cup of soaked soy
1/2 cup of peanut
Note: Use roasted peanut for stronger flavor

Green bean or Mung bean milk
1 cup of dry or 2 cup of soaked green bean.
Note: Green bean milk tastes the best when sugar is added

Rice sesame seed milk
3/4 cup of rice
1/2 cup of sesame seeds
Note 1: Use roasted seeds for stronger flavors
Note 2: Save the contents inside the filter basket. Mix them with the milk in the pot.

Rice almond milk
3/4 cup of dry rice
1/2 cup of almond
Note: Do not throw away the contents inside the filter basket. Mix them with the milk in the pot.

Rice walnut milk
3/4 cup of rice
1/2 cup of walnut
Note: Save the contents inside the filter basket. Mix them with the milk in the pot.

Rice peanut milk
3/4 cup of rice plus
1/2 cup of roasted peanuts
Note 1: Use roasted peanuts for stronger flavors
Note 2: Do not throw away the contents inside the filter basket. Mix them with the milk in the pot.

Walnut almond milk
2/3 cup of walnut
2/3 cup of almond

Sesame seed milk
2 cups of roasted sesame seeds

Peanut milk
2 cups of roasted peanuts

Almond milk
2 cups of almond

All you need to turn soy milk into tofu is to mix in an acidic element; this is akin to making buttermilk from regular milk by adding vinegar. I can picture it now, the next revolution in the world of tofu: flavored kid-friendly varieties like Coca-cola, chocolate chip, tangy salsa….the possibilities are endless. This machine also definitely frees up time to investigate the wonders of fu.

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