Jan 24, 2020
I make my own soy milk to avoid store bought that comes in plastic-lined containers and creates a lot of waste. But finding a way to get rid of the pulp has been difficult. Hand squeezing through a nut milk bag is physically difficult and takes so long and squirts all over. I was so close to giving up and going back to store bought, but now that I got this fruit press my life is easier. Over the inner pot I drape a cloth nut milk bag. Then I place another nut milk bag on top of that--also inside the inner pot. Then I pour the cooked soy milk into the bag, tie it and fold it over while leaving the first bag still draped over the inner pot. Then I use the press to press down on the folded over bag. I do about 1/2 turn every 30 seconds. Can't go too fast or the milk will squirt all over, the integrity of the bag will be spoiled... If some pulp escapes from the inner-most bag, no worries because the outer bag catches it. I can use the press to get so much more milk out of the pulp than I could by hand. I get an extra cup of milk per batch at least, that's 25% more. I use a machine to make the soy milk, but I've also made it without one. I take 1/2 cup dried soy beans, soak over night. Food process it with only a little water so it doesn't splash all over. But after it's blended use the rest of the 1 liter (or 1 quart) of water. Boil then simmer for about 20 minutes until all the mixture settles to the bottom. Then use the fruit press as above. Then I heat it in a pan with 2 Tablespoons sugar and 1/8 teaspoon salt, whisking until just comes to a boil. Pour into a sterilized bottle. ( I save oil oil bottles, rinse well. Pour boiling water in a bottle and let set for 5 minutes to sterilize it, empty it out and fill it with soymilk. Otherwise it spoils quickly if you don't sterilize the bottle and caps.)
Jan 7, 2020
I bought this because it says it's for cheese, but there's no way to put a given amount of pressure on it. The instructions say refer to your recipe but all my recipes say 10 lbs or something. There is no way to judge 10 lbs. Just twist it down til you feel good I guess. It seems good and heavy and appears at first glance to be well made (I haven't used it yet), but I'd say the "cheese" was added into the title as an after thought to make it sell better. They got me. I paid $39 on sale so I'll keep it and play with it but I would definitely be returning it if I'd payed the full price.