As you know, I am now making my own tofu. :) I had some bad adventures with the Hurom juicer and was looking for a faster solution.
I started reading reviews about the Soyabella and other soy milk making machines. Some reviews were bad and discouraged from buying any new apparatus.
I did not give up regardless of the complexity of the task. I went back to a Chinese How To video I saw on YouTube where a lady made the tofu like it was nothing and by skipping a lot of the steps I was doing. So, I digged deeper and found more videos using that method... All Chinese... That made me realize that it was probably the best method. Who would know better than the originators?
The basic idea is that you do not cook your bean mixture before splitting the milk. I ended up using less dishes, not burning my hands, only needed 1 15L pot and cut the production time in half!!!!!
So here is the method:
1. Soak your soybeans overnight. You need 4 1/2 cups of water for 1 1/2 cups of dried soy beans. I make 4 times that quantity.
2. Once the soybeans soaked for 8 to 12 hours, I rinsed them in the strainer.
3. I then blended my beans with new clean water. I put half beans, half water. I did not blend it too much. Too perfect, too smooth of a blend makes it difficult to split in the nut milk bag. The fine powder blocks the holes in the bag. So you have to find a balance between getting the milk and avoiding the fine powder.
4. Once the mixture is ready, I poured it in the nutmilk bag to strain the milk out. I placed my support directly in my 15L pot. You will need to squeeze the bag as much as possible, but be careful not to squeeze so hard that the pulp will come through!
5. Once all the milk was strained, I had already saved 45 minutes and 1 boil time!
To see what is going on well, I scoop out the foam before cooking my milk.
I then placed the pot on the stove and started cooking the milk. The first time I tried this technique, I was too prudent and careful and it took a solid hour. They always recommend to cook it on medium fire. Well my point is to produce faster.... Soooo .... I shoved it on High. I was careful to stir constantly and scrap the bottom with my flat wooden spoon. It worked amazingly. It took 25 minuted only to come to a boil and full foam. Let's remember that it is longer for me as I am doing 4 times the recipe size.
6. When using Nigari (Magnesium Chloride), you need to let the milk cool down to 195F degrees. (This is still super hot). In the mean time, you can blend your magnesium chloride. I am still perfecting the dosage, but I found that 1 teaspoon per liter of soymilk worked really well.
7. I dissolved my nigari in some water and poured it in my other 15L pot.
8. Once the milk reached 195F degree, i got my strong boyfriend to pour the soymilk on the nigari. :) Careful!! Hot!!
9. Do not stir, do not disturb! Let it sit with the lid on for 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, as there is not a lot of water in this version, the whole pot pretty much turns into a big tofu jelly.
10. The last step was to pour the curds into the press. I first did a water strain then placed it in the press for 30 minutes. Then it is straight back into water and then the refrigerator!
Who Am I? I'm many things. I'm passionate about tons of stuff. I love travel. I love self-improvement. I'm a sucker for optimization, efficiency, and minimalism. I renewed with mathematics and science, those are so amazing. Astronomy and chemistry are just plain awesome! I'm a student, a mentor, a traveler, a learner, an artist, an animator, and Disney brings me tears of joy! I love to grow and I will never stop! So who am I? All that and everything else I have not discovered about myself yet. It's a never ending answer!
Qui suis je? Je suis beaucoup de choses. Je suis passionné des tonnes de trucs. J'adore voyager. J'adore la croissance personnelle. Je suis vendue à l'optimisation, l'efficacité et le minimalisme. J'ai renoué avec les mathématiques et les sciences, des mondes tout simplement incroyable. L'astronomie et la chimie sont tout simplement génial! Je suis étudiante, mentor, voyageuse, artiste, animatrice et Disney m'apporte des larmes de joie! J'aime me pousser à fond et je ne cesserai jamais! Alors, qui suis-je? Tout cela et tout le reste que je n'ai pas encore découvert de moi-même. C'est une réponse sans fin!