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equipment: a 2.5 gallon soup pot a colander cheesecloth or a muslin bag (1.5 ft X 1.5 ft) a blender (food processor) soak the beans overnight in plenty of water. do NOT heat at all during this step...it doesnt work! drain the beans and cover with boiling water. place 1.5 c beans (use a slotted spoon) in the blender and start processing. add 1 c boiling water to the mixing beans through the top of the blender. puree, then pour into your soup pot (to which youve added 2 cups of water which has already been brought to a boil). process the remaining beans in a similar manner till all the puree is added to the pot. bring the puree to a boil (careful here: the puree will boil over FAST (anyone ever made beer? same thing!) so stir constantly and do not turn your back once it starts to steam at all. as soon as its been brought to a rolling boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and simmer for ~ 30 min. stir as necessary to prevent the bottom from burning (itll give the product a burned flavor!). meanwhile arrange a colander in another big soup pot (about 1.5 gal is convenient at this point) and line with your cloth bag. when puree has cooked, remove from heat and pour into the bag, collecting the resulting milk. (this is messy and not as easy as it sounds; remember the liquid is HOT; if you have the patience, let the liquid cool before doing this, or add some ice (~ 4 c wouldnt be unreasonable). squeeze the remaining liquid out of the fiber left in the bag (BTW- the fiber also has a name and is used in asian cooking. i wont get into that though). Pour a cup of cold water into the bag to rinse out the last of the milk. repeat if you wish. the strained liquid is your soymilk. the less water you use in the process, the richer the milk, but the harder it is to work with, and the less youll end up with. reserve as much of the milk as you wish for drinking/cooking. the rest can be converted to tofu. hopefully youve kept track of how much water youve added to this point. (about 10 c to the cooking point, maybe 4 more to strain...if youve removed some milk you need to figure out approximately how many cups of beans were used in the milk, and how many cups were allocated for the remaining tofu. dilute the milk down to about 22c water for 10 c beans (i think, i should double check this, but again, it doesnt make that much of a difference anyway!) bring the watered-down milk to a boil (stir, stir, stir!) and remove from heat. dissolve the epsom salts (or other curdling agent (there are lots to choose from!) ) in about 1 c water. pour about 1/4 c into the hot liquid and stir well. cover and let rest for ~ 5 min. take a look then and see if the curds have started to settle out. if not add another quarter cup of salty solution. stir gently and let sit ~ 15 min. when all the curds have settled and the whey is a clear yellow (not milky any more!) gently pour off the whey through several layers of cheesecloth (or muslin). gently pour the curds into the cloth, and drain. gather up the cloth around the curds, and set a heavy weight on top of the bundle for ~ 15 min. this is your tofu! once it has been pressed, transfer to a container with water to cover and refridgerate up to a week. change water daily for freshness. ive found several books that publish this process. one i know is The Book of Tofu. sorry i cant be more specific on the references, but just check out your library or interlibrary loan...youll find it, im sure. the process may even be listed on the web, just test those search engines! its a bit of a tedious process, but its like making fresh bread for me; i find it rewarding, and relaxing. try some fresh soymilk from an asian market first to see if you like the taste...its very different from those processed soymilk products. i think you can flavor it with sweetener and vanilla to approximate the commercial products. happy tofu/soymilk making to all. feel free to email me with questions! Posted to fatfree digest V97 #039 by Unlisted
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|Recipe Makes: 1 Servings|
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