Soyajoy G4 Soy Milk Maker – Full Review
SoyaJoy’s G4 soy milk maker streamlines the process of making soy milk, almond milk and other milks, plus it has some nice, upgraded features that make it a useful tool to have on hand – I especially like that I can use it to make hot, homemade soup in a flash. While there are a couple of things about the G4 that could use some refining, this machine is one of the nicer soy milk makers I’ve tried. Not only does it make about a liter of milk at a time, cleanup is quick and easy, so saving money by making your own nondairy milks doesn’t feel like a hassle at all. This being said, here are the main pros and cons of owning the SoyaJoy G4.
Easy to Use
Some soymilk makers look streamlined and simple, but are pretty complicated to use. The SoyaJoy G4 is definitely not one of these – in fact, it is among the most user-friendly of the many soy milk makers I’ve tried. If you want to save nut pulp for making crackers or flour, you will still need to squeeze the excess milk out by hand as there is usually a little liquid left in the strainer. It would be great if the next version of the SoyaJoy came with a mechanism to do this for you, but squeezing by hand takes just a few seconds and saving pulp is something not everyone does, so I don’t really consider this to be a drawback.
Using the SoyaJoy G4 involves placing the ingredients into the chamber, adding water, clicking the lid into place, plugging it in, and pushing a button. Straining takes just a minute.
Some soy milk makers are almost as loud as blenders. While it would be nice if the SoyaJoy G4 was whisper-quiet during the grinding process, it is not as noisy as some other machines. The beeps at the beginning and end of the cycle are very loud. While this is something I find slightly annoying, I like that I can go to another part of the house during the cycle without missing the beeps at the end.
The G4 is very well-made. I don’t like the idea of plastics coming into contact with my soymilk, and some machines have plastic parts inside the chamber. One of the best things about the SoyaJoy G4 is that it is all stainless steel inside, so no plastic comes in contact with the foods you are making. The stainless steel also makes for very easy cleaning and sanitizing, and you’ll never have to deal with any stains.
There is no guesswork involved in making soy milk and other nondairy milks with the SoyaJoy G4. The five buttons on top include four options for using soaked beans, dry beans, raw ingredients, or grains. The fifth one is for making porridge.
Lots of Recipes to Try
The SoyaJoy G4 is primarily marketed as a soy milk maker, but you can make a lot of other things with it, including juices, soups, and porridge. The manual includes a few recipes and you’ll find even more online including quite a few video tutorials on YouTube.
“Do you have to skin the almonds when making almond milk?”
No. The pulp that comes out is fine-grained, kind of like sand, and the sieve is made with very fine mesh. I have never had brown almond skin end up in my almond milk.
“Will you really save money over buying soymilk at the store?”
Yes, keeping in mind that the machine is a small investment. Buying soybeans and other ingredients in bulk will help you keep costs down, and knowing exactly what is in the milks you make is priceless. No GMO soy if you don’t want it, no additives, and just whatever you happen to put into your milks to customize them, i.e. honey, agave nectar, vanilla, etc.
“Is it possible to use this machine to make rice milk?”
Yes, you can make rice milk with the SoyaJoy G4. You can use either brown or white rice, and as this machine will work with dry ingredients, there’s no need to pre-soak the rice if you don’t want to.
“Should I soak almonds before making almond milk in the SoyaJoy G4?”
You don’t have to soak almonds before making almond milk, but I think the finished product comes out tasting a whole lot better and has a much nicer, fluffier quality when the almonds have been soaked beforehand.
“Can I use the SoyaJoy G4 to make tofu?”
Tofu is really hard to make without a soymilk maker, and because the SoyaJoy G4 makes great hot soymilk, which is the basic building block of tofu, all you need is some coagulant (find it online and at some health food stores), a tofu box, and a little time. There are quite a few great recipes for making homemade tofu online.
“How long does it take to make porridge in the G4?”
Porridge takes about 45 minutes to make. I like to set the machine up in the morning before I get ready for the day, and love that I don’t have to monitor it while it’s cooking.
“About how long does it take to make hot soymilk in the SoyaJoy G4?”
It takes just about 20 minutes to make hot soymilk as the machine blends and heats the soybeans at the same time. Soaking the soybeans before getting started gives you a richer taste.
“Can I store the milk I make in the bottom container?”
Theoretically, you could do that – but it doesn’t have a lid for storage. Gla. ss bottles, pitchers, or jars are better
“Does this soymilk maker come with a warranty?”
Yes, there’s a one year warranty on the SoyaJoy.
“I’ve read some reviews discussing the flavor of the milks this makes in an unfavorable way. Does the milk taste good?”
If you are used to commercially-produced nondairy milks, you are going to find that the flavors of the milks you make are going to be different. The recipes you use for making the milks make quite a difference, so you may have to try a few different ones to get the flavor just right.
The SoyaJoy G4 is a well-constructed soy milk maker that has plenty of uses beyond just making soymilk at home. In addition, it comes at a reasonable price and for someone who drinks lots of nondairy milk, it will definitely be a money-saver. Perhaps most important, the G4 makes really nice, consistent beverages, soups, and porridges, and it does so reliably.
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