Wondering what soy milk is like? In this article, we're describing the taste and texture, how to store it and more. Read on for answers to your pressing questions, plus cool recipe tips with impressive results.
Let's take a look...
What Does Soy Milk Taste Like?
Usually, soy milk has a very specific taste that's more apparent in plain or unsweetened versions than the flavored kinds.
You could call it beany like soybeans, but not in an offensive way. It's typically mild, and soy milk has long been a popular nondairy beverage.
How prominent the beany flavor is often depends on the brand. But sugar can be behind a more neutral or sweeter-tasting milk. If that's not what you're looking for, you can sweeten it yourself with stevia or any natural sweetener you prefer.
Soy Milk Texture
Most soy milks are decently thick, thicker than almond milk, but perhaps about the same as cashew milk (or a teensy bit thinner).
Soy milk is smooth and rich, so it makes a great coffee creamer as well as a reliable cooking and baking ingredient. Of the plant milk options, this is one of the most adaptable.
Does Soy Milk Taste Like Real Milk?
If you're ditching dairy and looking for a comparable vegan milk, soy milk is probably not it. It's not that it's too strong, because it's relatively neutral.
It's just that it might not fool you in a blind taste test, but most plant milks probably wouldn't. Then again, most aren't trying to, anyway. There are lots of different types of milk, just like there are lots of different kinds of fruits and vegetables to enjoy.
Still, soy milk has nearly all the same characteristics of dairy milk. It's rich, creamy, mild in flavor and delicious in coffee, tea and cereal.
What Does Bad Soy Milk Taste Like?
Bad soy milk is easiest to spot by sight and smell. Like dairy milk, it will smell sour and unappealing when it's turning, and it'll change in texture from a smooth beverage to a chunky or curdled texture.
If you don't see any visible signs or smell any weird odors, it should be fine. But if it's bad, it will be sour. Fresh, good soy milk should never be tart or taste off-putting.
How Long Does Soy Milk Stay Good After Opening?
An unopened box from the supermarket shelf should stay for a pretty long time. There will be an expiration date printed on it, which may indicate anywhere from one to several months of freshness.
If it's opened or purchased from the refrigerated milk section of the grocery store, it'll probably stay good for a week or two. It can be tough to gauge, but your senses will never lead you astray.
Soy Milk Recipe Tips
If you prefer to make your own vegan milks at home (and we don't blame you if you do), soy milk can be added to the list. These videos will show you all the steps.
Here's a basic soy milk recipe that only requires soybeans and water. You can flavor it with any extracts, spices and sweeteners you like, or keep it plain to cook with.
Black sesame seeds turn soy milk into a bold, striking beverage. You can buy this popular style of soy milk...or make. Here's how it's done with soybeans, water and black sesame seeds.
Soy milk is a fabulous multipurpose vegan milk in the kitchen. Use it in your cereal, coffee or tea, or add it to your cooking and baking recipes wherever any type of milk is called for. There's a little more involved in making soy milk than nut milk, but it's worth it if you want the freshest, best quality. Then you can use all-natural flavorings like fruit, maple syrup, spices and black sesame seeds.