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What is the best unsweetened soy milk?

empfam Jun 7, 2012 02:06 PM

My daughter drinks unsweetened soy milk, and generally prefers Earth Balance, but is okay with Trader Joe's or Silk. Won't go near sweetened or flavored soy milk. I am looking for other brands that may be good and can travel, like in those aseptic boxes. Any recommendations?

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    ferret Jun 7, 2012 03:54 PM

    Is she opposed to almond milk? I prefer it to soy, which to me has an unpleasant aftertaste.

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      empfam Jun 7, 2012 10:16 PM

      She has allergies to tree nuts. I think soy has an unpleasant aftertaste too, but my daughter prefers it to other non-dairy drinks.

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      will47 Jun 7, 2012 04:01 PM

      You might want to check out Asian markets, especially Korean markets. Some of them have small aseptic boxes (like with little straws). They should also have fresh soy milk in 12 or 16 oz plastic containers, which will probably be fresher and better than any packaged stuff you can get (but obviously don't travel quite as well).

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        empfam Jun 7, 2012 10:17 PM

        I've checked out 99 Ranch. The small aseptic boxes I found all have sugar or are flavored.

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          choctastic Jun 17, 2012 11:31 PM

          That's true, but they also sell unsweetened versions, particularly the the ones in plastic bottles sold in the refrigerated section.

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            will47 Jun 19, 2012 10:02 AM

            If you're in Southern California, the "Furama" brand (non-GMO, and an option with organically grown soybeans) is great. Made just over in Duarte, I believe (http://soyfoodsusa.com/). Good texture, and great taste. Worth seeking out, even though it's not in aseptic packages. Ranch 99 carries it (at least the Focus Plaza one does).

            (VP Tofu and VK Tofu also make great, fresh soy milk locally).

            I wonder if using an insulated thermos would be an option for travel?

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              choctastic Jul 1, 2012 07:59 PM

              Ooh, good find. I'll have to check this out.

              Heck, if you're in Gardena, you might as well go over to Meiji Tofu for the creamiest unsweetened soy milk and the most custardy tofu in a bamboo basket (50 cents for the basket, which you get back if you return it)

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        herring Jun 8, 2012 07:23 AM

        I also like the Trader Joe's soy milk, and it comes in the aseptic packages as well.

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          firecooked Jun 9, 2012 08:47 PM

          I like this one as well. I generally put the soy milk over ceriel or in oatmeal, and honestly can't tell the different brands ... Silk, TJ, 365 from Whole Foods apart. Just don't get me sweetened or flavored!

          1. re: herring
            choctastic Jun 17, 2012 11:32 PM

            I only drink unsweetened soy milk, and I gotta say Trader Joe's soy milk is my favorite overall as well. I would like Silk in coffee, due to its thicker consistency, but for cereal and mashing sweet potatoes and just plain old drinking, I like TJ's version.

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            will47 Jun 8, 2012 08:17 AM

            I like Westbrae, but don't know if they have small boxes.

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              blinknoodle Jun 8, 2012 07:05 PM

              My favourite is vitasoy and they come in aseptic packages.

              1. westsidegal Jun 16, 2012 09:37 PM

                imho, the stuff that they put in those aseptic boxes never tastes as good as the stuff they sell in the refrigerator case.
                my personal favorite is the 365 brand that can be found in the Whole Foods refrigerator case.

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                  fours Jun 16, 2012 10:45 PM

                  Kikkoman makes unsweetened soymilk in aseptic boxes (I've only seen quart-size boxes though). I think it's called Kikkoman Pearl soymilk. I prefer it to the TJ version, plus it's cheaper (around $1.25 per box).

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                    choctastic Jun 17, 2012 11:33 PM

                    I got some of the Pearl soymilk on sale for 99 cents a box. It's pretty similar to the TJ version. I like both.

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