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i keep reading it is the soy bean<br><br>
is that the same as a soya bean?<br><br>
i'd like to make my own tofu, but cant find soy or soya beans anywhere.<br><br>
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yes. also called edamame. I have no idea how you would go about making tofu from soya, however.
 

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To make tofu, one first makes soy milk. The soy milk is then used to make tofu.<br><br>
Look it up online - there are plenty of resources available online.<br><br>
I use a soymilk maker, but it's also possible to make soymilk without one.<br><br>
Soybeans can be bought in the bulk section of most health food stores or online. I live in soybean growing country, so I have a direct source.
 

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so is it soy bean or soya bean?<br><br>
i is confused lol <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Either. The common usage in the U.S. is soybean; in the U.K., soya bean.<br><br>
Edamane is what it's called when the pod and the beans are still green and tender.
 

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Yes, we say "soya" in the UK and other places in Europe, whereas they say "soy" in the US. (Unsure about Canada ...) I don't think making tofu from soya beans is a witchcraft or anything, I've seen guides on the Internet for how to do it. Just google "how to make your own tofu" or similar.
 

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Yes, we say "soya" in the UK and other places in Europe, whereas they say "soy" in the US. (Unsure about Canada ...) I don't think making tofu from soya beans is a witchcraft or anything, I've seen guides on the Internet for how to do it. Just google "how to make your own tofu" or similar.</div>
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In my experience here in the US we use "soy bean" to refer to the actual bean and "soya" (with no bean attached) to refer to products or food that has soy beans in it.
 

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Yeah, it's an easy, although somewhat time consuming, process. You will need soybeans, water, and a coagulent - I use nigari.
 

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thank you everyone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
where do you buy your soya beans from? i have seen soya flour in holland and barrett, but no dried beans.<br><br>
sorry to be a p.i.t.a. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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and here i always though it was the tofu bean! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">.
 

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thank you everyone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
where do you buy your soya beans from? i have seen soya flour in holland and barrett, but no dried beans.<br><br>
sorry to be a p.i.t.a. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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As I said above, here in the U.S., you can buy soybeans in the bulk section of most health food stores. If that's not an option where you live, you should be able to order them online. If you're in Europe, there's not much point in providing you with a link to online sources in the U.S. - shipping overseas would be too expensive. Do a search, and find an online supplier located in Europe.
 

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Where I am (Kansas), it's just "soy" for the bean, the milk, and anything made of or containing soy beans.<br>
VB is the only place I've ever heard/read the word "soya."</div>
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Ditto. I've never heard/seen soya used here in the US.
 

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I bought mine in bulk at a natural food store, not sure if you'll find them at a reg. grocery.<br>
You can find several sites for how to make tofu, even video tutorials online.<br>
Basically you soak beans overnight, grind, simmer in water, strain through cheesecloth lined colander into another pot.<br>
That's soymilk, and thats easy.<br>
Adding the coagulant you have be very gentle and then lift the curds into the mold. You get a lot of soymilk, not much tofu.<br>
The remaining ground soybeans are now "okara". Okara has protein, and can be used in lots of bean recipes. Has a great texture.<br>
I'd make soymilk again just for the okara. Tofu wasn't worth the effort, and all I know to do with the leftover whey was add to soup, or use to whiten white laundry!<br><br><br>
Here's the recipe I used with the okara:<br><a href="http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2006/07/okara-crab-cakes.html" target="_blank">http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2006/07...rab-cakes.html</a><br>
They were excellent!<br><br>
Don't forget, by making your own soymilk you're losing the added B12, and whatever else it's fortified with. Mine has 50% b12, so I stick with store bought.<br><br>
Has anyone seen okara in stores?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>deedee71</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2853811"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
thank you everyone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
where do you buy your soya beans from? i have seen soya flour in holland and barrett, but no dried beans.<br><br>
sorry to be a p.i.t.a. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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I buy mine from <a href="http://www.fairviewfarms.com/" target="_blank">Fairview Farms</a>.
 

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I bought mine in bulk at a natural food store, not sure if you'll find them at a reg. grocery.<br>
You can find several sites for how to make tofu, even video tutorials online.<br>
Basically you soak beans overnight, grind, simmer in water, strain through cheesecloth lined colander into another pot.<br>
That's soymilk, and thats easy.<br>
Adding the coagulant you have be very gentle and then lift the curds into the mold. You get a lot of soymilk, not much tofu.<br>
The remaining ground soybeans are now "okara". Okara has protein, and can be used in lots of bean recipes. Has a great texture.<br>
I'd make soymilk again just for the okara. Tofu wasn't worth the effort, and all I know to do with the leftover whey was add to soup, or use to whiten white laundry!<br><br><br>
Here's the recipe I used with the okara:<br><a href="http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2006/07/okara-crab-cakes.html" target="_blank">http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2006/07...rab-cakes.html</a><br>
They were excellent!<br><br>
Don't forget, by making your own soymilk you're losing the added B12, and whatever else it's fortified with. Mine has 50% b12, so I stick with store bought.<br><br>
Has anyone seen okara in stores?</div>
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thanks for that recipe link silva, i will definately try it if i try and make my own tofu xxx
 

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I've made tofu from scratch <a href="http://megatarian.blogspot.com/2008/10/homemade-tofu-photo-diary.html" target="_blank">http://megatarian.blogspot.com/2008/...oto-diary.html</a><br><br>
Honestly, it was an interesting experience, and I'm glad I can say that I made my own tofu but for the amount of work it took v. the amount of tofu we got in the end -- totally not worth doing. It's not like seitan where homemade seitan is easy and inexpensive.<br><br>
Check Asian markets for soybeans if you can't find them at the health food store. (DO NOT try using Edamame!! Those are the young, green soybeans and not what you make soymilk out of)
 
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