View Full Version : "Soyquick" milk maker
08-01-2006, 01:05 PM
Has anyone a review of this or anyother nutmilk machine?
Don't want to waste my money on one that won't work.
Green :D Life
08-01-2006, 02:26 PM
They 'cook' the soy = not raw
08-01-2006, 02:53 PM
I saw a discussion on nut milk makers in another thread. Soy milk makers do cook it. Some have the option to use the heater or not. Mine doesn't have the option-it just heats.
My advice is to forget getting another appliance (this from the WORST appliance/gadget freak of all time) and just use your blender and strain it out.
Some people don't want to bother with straining it so they are willing to get a whole appliance to do it for them. All the appliance does is blend the nuts and water to a pulp and strain it out. Truth is, the soymilk makers don't pulverize the nuts as well as a good blender does, and you end up with lots of wet pulp besides having grit and sludge (sediment) in the milk as well, so you aren't really getting much for your money.
The only way I have ever had milk with basically no sludge is by putting it through a cellulose filter. That could be a coffee filter, which takes awhile to drain, or through a centrifugal-style juicer, which takes seconds. They take a long strip of cellulose filter in the basket. You pour the blended nuts and water slowly into the opening while the juicer is running and it comes out the clearest milk you ever saw and leaves the driest pulp you ever saw. That is the very best but not everyone has one of those juicers hanging around. (The soymilk maker has to go through a cycle and takes a fair while.)
There are other simpler ways of straining it that are not really so tedious. In fact I do my cashew milk without straining it at all. The KTec and Vitamix blenders pulverize cashews so well that it really doesn't need straining. I have strained it and I get very little pulp out of it, so now I don't bother. Hubby loves it on his cereal. It is very creamy. Almonds are different. They need straining. Again, the coffee filter, or a jelly bag in one of those little tripod stands, or a few layers of cheesecloth (or the juicer trick). It is really not that big of a deal. It is quick and you don't have another machine to clean if you just use a cloth. You would have to be pretty crippled up with arthritis before it would bother your hands to squeeze the last of the milk out. You don't have to get it that dry anyway. The soymilk machine sure doesn't.
Did I save you some money? (Bowing, accepting cheers and applause!)
08-01-2006, 03:42 PM
WOW! I can't believe that a good blender can do that, so I will try it.
Thank you and applause applause applause to you! Tee HEE!
Green :D Life
08-01-2006, 05:57 PM
I have the soy quick and it makes both raw mylks and cooked milks. I would say that it is worth it because if you have granola for breakfast you can pur fresh cold cashew milk over it with zero grit. Also if you like smothies with mylk instead of water for a base its cool.
I think is a cool machine to have when you get use to it.
08-04-2006, 02:04 PM
Hi Green Life,
I bought one and returned it.
It made to much milk for me to use before it went bad. There was also no way to make less. I also found that the milk was to watered down for my taste..... sort of like fat free milk. The company suggested running the milk thru the machine a second time with a new batch of nuts. I found it was basically more work and clean up than just soaking a handful of nuts, blending them in the blender with water, dates, vanilla and agave and straining it. Plus it was an additional piece of equipment on my small kitchen counter. I have made walnut, Brazil nut, almond, cashew, hazelnut and pecan nut milk this way and it is quick, easy to clean up and delicious. Mt favs are Brazil nut and walnut. I can make as much or little as I want at a time. It can also be made to your desired thickness by varying the water to nut ratio.
08-04-2006, 03:47 PM
I've discovered the use of a paint strainer from the hardware store to strain nut milk made in my Vita Mix. It's works great. I got two big strainers for less than three dollars!
08-04-2006, 06:23 PM
Thank you for the information!
Green :D Life
08-05-2006, 05:59 AM
A blender does a fine job. That's what I use [and I just have a cheapy one].
Good luck. :)
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