It is a real treat in this modern day and age to actually be invited over to a neighbor’s house for dinner, and we were lucky to find ourselves in that position recently.
Somehow, late in the meal along with the strawberries atop the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, the discussion revealed that our neighbor makes his own soy milk. He was really enthusiastic about it, bringing out his machine to show us (similar to the one in the video below) and also bringing out his bag of organic soybeans which he orders online from a farmer-supplier in Iowa. He said that it costs him about 50 cents worth of organic soybeans to make one batch, which is a great savings over store-bought soy milk.
Who knew there was so much hope in the world only a block away from my house?
Just in case this topic is as unfamiliar to you as it was to me, I’m posting two videos to demonstrate how easy it is to get started making your own soy milk, or almond milk.
In the video below, P. Allen Smith shows us how to make soy milk, both the old way – on the cookstove, and then he also shows how to make it by using a soy milk machine.
Then, in this next video, Dani Spies demonstrates how to make almond milk, which looks even easier than making soy milk.
If you snoop around Youtube and the internet, you can also find how-to videos on making oat milk, hemp milk, coconut milk, rice milk, and other plant based milks.
These milks are touted by all who would like to see humans transition to more plant based diets, plus they give you control over the taste, amount of sugar, and additives as compared to commercial products.
Personally, I like the idea because it counts as home cooking which means less packaging and less embedded fossil fuels – which are necessary for refrigerated milk distribution.
Perhaps it’s time to have your neighbors over for a dinner party so you can share your innovations in cooking with each other.