Joyoung CTS-1098 Hot Soy Milk Maker – Full Review
The Joyoung CTS-1098 soy milk maker is marketed as an automatic hot soy milk maker. While it does make excellent hot soy milk that you can enjoy straight from the pot or chill for later, it also has a number of other functions, including cool-temperature operation options that allow you to use the machine’s powerful blending function to make shakes, smoothies, and cold vegetable soups. Speaking of soup, it also makes hot soups, and it’s much easier to clean up than the standard soup pot, thanks to an automatic, self-cleaning feature that leaves you with very little work to do.
There are a couple of things that the manufacturer could improve, particularly the filter, which isn’t as fine as some others, but which I’ve gotten around by using a gold coffee filter to strain the last little bits of texture out of my soy milk. These points having been mentioned, here are some additional pros and cons that come with owning and operating the Joyoung CTS-109 soy milk maker.
Lots of Nice Features
Older soy milk makers required a bit of work on the user’s part, but the Joyoung CTS-109 does just about everything for you. As mentioned previously, it would be great if the company included a finer filter than the mesh strainer that comes with the machine, but straining your soy milk into a different container is really the only work involved with this machine, and even that isn’t bad.
As this is a filter-free soy milk maker, there are no internal parts to scrub, and as long as you run the automatic cleaning cycle right after making a batch of nondairy milk, there’s no sticky residue to worry about cleaning up. Just fill the machine with hot water, then give it a rinse when the cycle’s complete. Not many other kitchen appliances offer this kind of cleanup.
If you like your soy milk hot, you’ll appreciate the keep warm feature, which kicks in automatically when the cooking cycle completes. As for other features, there are a variety of different cooking options for making porridge, rice, soups, cold beverages such as shakes and smoothies, and other delicacies to suit your healthy lifestyle.
Easy to Use
The basic process for making soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, and other goodies with the Joyoung soy milk maker is very simple. Start out by washing the soybeans, almonds, rice, or whatever you plan to put into your recipe, then soak them for as long as is recommended if needed. Pop your ingredients into the pitcher and fill it to the inner mark with filtered drinking water, then lock the lid in place, plug in the machine, and select the operational mode. The hot soy milk cycle takes about 20 minutes to complete.
The Joyoung CTS-109 soy milk maker is very well made, with a heavy top that clues you in to the quality and durability of the motor. My machine is new, but I’ve read reviews by people who have been using their machines on a regular basis, without trouble, for several months or even a few years. The machine’s exterior is smooth and very easy to wipe clean, and the stainless steel interior gives it the look similar to that of an appliance you’d expect to find in a commercial kitchen. I do wish the cord were a bit longer, but that’s an extremely minor issue.
Lots of Recipes to Make
Like many soy milk makers, the Joyoung CTS-109 is capable of making much more than soy milk, and the company does a great job of getting you started by including several recipes in the owner’s manual. The soups are fantastic and you can adapt just about any soup recipe to be used in this machine, and the smoothies are great, too. So if you’re concerned about getting a soy milk maker because “all it does is make soy milk,” put your worries aside. This machine does all sorts of things, and does them well.
“I have read some scathing reviews about this machine, basically saying it’s defective, arrived dirty, or looked like it was refurbished even though it worked fine. Have you had an issue with this?”
My experience is that the Joyoung CTS-109 works as advertised, and with the exception of the minor issues I mentioned above, which are basically about me wanting a little more convenience than current machines offer, I have had no problems. That’s not to say there aren’t any defective machines out there. This shouldn’t worry you too much, as this soy milk maker comes with a one-year warranty.
“Does the body of the soy milk maker get hot during the cooking cycle?”
No. I can feel a little warmth, but the seal on the top is so tight that barely any heat is transferred to the outside.
“Does using this machine help you save money over buying soy milk at the store?”
Yes, considering that where I live, it’s about $3 for a liter of organic soy milk. You will have to factor in the cost of the machine to determine how much money you’ll save, but if you go through a lot of soy milk, rice milk, oat milk, or almond milk, you are definitely going to save money, especially if you buy your ingredients in bulk.
“Can I make tofu with this soy milk maker?”
As long as you know how to make tofu and have the right tools, i.e. a tofu box or other container for making tofu, you can use the Joyoung CTS to prepare your own tofu at home. Remember that you need to purchase coagulant, either online or at a health food store, and be sure that you understand the process of making tofu before you get started. It’s pretty much foolproof as long as you follow the directions.
“Does the cover come off the blade for cleaning if needed?”
Yes, you can take the cover off the blade if you really have to, but it’s a whole lot easier just to run the automatic cleaning cycle as soon as you’ve transferred the finished product from the machine into another container. Be sure to read the manual concerning how to remove and replace the blade cover as it needs to be properly seated in order for the machine to work right.
“Should I soak my almonds before making almond milk in the Joyoung CTS-109?”
I guess you could try using the dry bean feature, but almond milk comes out a whole lot better when the almonds have been soaked for about 8 hours before you run the cycle.
“How long does it take to make rice paste or porridge in the CTS-109?”
It takes about 20 mintues to make anything hot using this machine. If you open the lid to see whether your finished product is ready and it’s not quite there, you can run another cycle.
“Is there an alarm that tells me when the soy milk is ready?”
Yes, and if you can’t get to it at the moment, the keep warm function will come on automatically. Do try to get the milk, soup, or whatever you’re making out of the machine as soon as you can after it’s finished so that you don’t end up scrubbing sticky bits out of the inner chamber.
“Can I store soup, milk, etc. in the bottom container where the soy milk is made?”
This machine comes with a little pitcher for storage, which is good as there isn’t a storage lid for the cooking chamber. While I guess you could store finished products in the bottom compartment, I’ve not tried it and I feel like it might end up being a bit messy to clean up. Also, you have to strain soy milk, almond milk, etc, and that needs to happen fairly quickly so your finished product turns out nicely.
“Does this Joyoung soy milk maker come with a warranty?”
Yes, it comes with a one year warranty.
The Joyoung CTS-109 soy milk maker is a versatile kitchen appliance that lets you make a lot more than just soy milk. It costs a little less than some other soy milk makers on the market, and it is very well made, meaning you’re getting great quality for the money. If you like the idea of making your own soy milk at home, you will probably be happy with this one, especially once you start using it to make other things using the many programming options available.
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