It’s official. I’ve jumped off the deep end. It started with my decision to give my son soymilk instead of cow’s milk. Then came the dreaded reading of the ingredient panels on all my favorite soymilks. One of the recurring ingredients was sugar or some form thereof. Other items popped up on the list that seemed completely unnecessary, and I didn’t know what the heck they were either. So I started digging for info on how to make your own soymilk, and to my surprise I found there are soymilk makers out there! Naturally, I bought one.The model I bought is called Soyabella from Tribest. It looks a lot like the old percolator coffee pots and has a mesh basket inside to put about 1/2 cup soaked soybeans. A small blade like a blender’s blade is attached to the lid of the pot, and this fits into the mesh basket. I fill the pot about halfway with water, plug the unit in, and hit the Milk button. In 15 minutes the soymilk is done!Homemade soymilk is probably not for the faint at heart, but if you’re already used to commercial soymilk, adjusting isn’t very difficult. The Soyabella claims there’s no beany aftertaste, but I’d say there is a wee bit of an aftertaste, if not exactly beany. I still doctor the milk up a bit with some honey (my son is 15 months old – under a year it’s not advised to give honey) and a little vanilla. Overall, I find the end result quite good, especially when it’s still warm. The maker also comes with a booklet with optional recipes for other soymilks, nutmilks, and even soups and stews. I tried one of the soup recipes today, and it was surprisingly easy to do. Two large bowls of soup were ready for lunch in just over 15 minutes.Cleanup was a little tricky at first, but now that I’ve learned to soak the basket in water right away so the beans don’t stick, it takes me less than five minutes to clean. As long as I get to it right away, all the soy residue washes off quickly.Overall, I really like using the machine. It’s quick and easy, and I’m now paying less than 10 cents a quart for soymilk, as opposed to $2 – $3! I’ve made close to two dozen batches, and it’s become part of my morning routine. Besides, it is a nice feeling knowing what my son gets is fresh and preservative free!Note: This is NOT an endorsed review.