The race to eat the soybeans

One of the great things about dried beans is that they have a long shelf life … and they’re certainly not something we worry about wasting.


But, it looks like we’ll be making an international move later this year — and that means trying to use up pantry items that won’t make the move, and that we aren’t likely to be able to donate or give away. Like the soybeans … which we buy 25 pounds at a time.

Soy beans

So many to eat, so little time

So, for the past couple of weeks, we’ve been trying to figure out new ways to use the beans (aside from tofu and soy milk), with varying degrees of success. These are some of the recent attempts.

Soy noodle #FAIL

Usually we make our noodles the old-fashioned way: with eggs and flour. When the dough was a little too dry a few weeks ago, I tried adding a bit of okara, and that worked well. So, I figured I’d try a batch with just flour and okara. The resulting noodles were nasty and gooey when cooked. #FAIL

Soybean casserole

I’ve never cooked with just plain soybeans, and so went hunting for recipes online, and found this recipe for a soybean casserole, which I adapted with the veg we had on hand. This was a definite win, and the roux added a nice depth.

Banana-soy smoothie pancake

Instead of using milk in the batter for this pancake, I used a banana-soy smoothie (1 cup soy milk & 1 banana) which I soured with a tablespoon of vinegar — and instead of egg, I used a heaping tablespoon of okara. Along with that were the usual suspects (1 cup flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon melted butter). ‘Twas nice and fluffy.


7 thoughts on “The race to eat the soybeans

  1. My go-to pancakes are best with soy buttermilk (a bit of vinegar added); light and fluffy with no oil or egg either. (Take that, Mee-Maw!) We are making a batch more than once a week, though we are not up to a 25-lb single bulk purchase yet! You are brave to try noodles with okara. I don’t have time for failure, though; successes ONLY in my kitchen after my year from hell getting there. I still owe it to you to our current soy milk making habit; loving that tofu book too.

    Good luck on your move!

    • I made a batch of soy milk with (apparently) old soy beans. Yuck! Time to get some new ones. I totally though of you and I hope you and the spouse are all settled into wherever you went off to. Miss you on WP, JF. Your friend in waste reduction — Shannon

      • Hi Shannon — wonderful to hear from you! Things here in BC are great (except for that drought that followed us from LA). The good news is that Richmond composts (so we don’t have to fight that battle here). And I think of you and your family whenever we head to our local bird sanctuary. We saw some stunning sandhill cranes on the last visit (ref:

      • Of all the bloggers to step away, it had to be you. :(

        Loved the photo share…thanks! Many changes over here: kids came home for virtual public school, many birding excursions, busy summer. We enjoyed a half-million roosting martins last night. Life is certainly meant to be lived, not blogged, but COME BACK!

        Glad you are all settled in BC. We might be closer neighbors one day soon.

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