When we first went dairy-free more than 20 years ago, we used soy milk as that was the most widely available and most recommended. I began making soy milk at home and tried many methods, which were time-consuming, messy and not much fun, especially with young children to care for. I finally found the quickest, easiest and least messy method of creating plant milks at home was with an automatic soy milk maker. I’ve tested and reviewed several different brands and models , used them regularly for our family, and even created recipes for them. Homemade recipes eliminate the additives, preservatives and thickeners such as carrageenan which may cause gut problems for some people.
Fast forward to today more than 2 decades later, we no longer use soy and I still enjoying making non-dairy milks from grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. While the softer items such as oat and cashew can be made into milk simply with a blender and water and needs no straining or squeezing through a cloth, I STILL find that I my go-to method for some plant milk as well as porridge is to use an automatic milk maker (several generations improved models). Yes, I have used the blender and nut milk bag or cheesecloth method, but for me, this was difficult, painful and messy. The auto milk maker is as easy, quick and clean as a coffee machine! This is the one that I have tested, reviewed, use in my own home and wholly recommend, especially for almond milk because the SoyaJoy G4 employs a RAW function especially for nut milks.