Save Money With Healthy Homemade Yogurt
Probiotic-rich foods, like homemade yogurt, are essential if you want a healthy body and mind.
Making your own yogurt is an excellent way to keep beneficial bacteria flourishing throughout your digestive tract while saving money.
But who has room to store yet another appliance? For many, keeping kitchen gadgets to a minimum is a necessity. Luckily, there are strains that you can make right on your counter top without a yogurt maker.
Easy Peasy Counter Top Yogurt
There are all different strains of yogurt. Most require a yogurt maker or other rigged means of maintaining low heat over a period of time for culturing.
If you don't want another appliance to clutter up your closet, try a counter top variety that will save you the time and space.
Villi is a popular choice for a counter top yogurt strain. Cultures for Health is a great source for yogurt cultures.
After you get your initial batch with the Villi starter culture going, you can continue to make more by simply combining a tablespoon of the prepared yogurt with a cup of milk in a canning jar.
All you need to do is:
- Cover the jar with a coffee filter secured with a rubber band to keep out dust and creepy-crawlers.
- Leave the jar on your counter or on top of your refrigerator and away from other fermenting foods (like if you're making sauerkraut or kombucha).
- After about 12 to 18 hours, the yogurt will be set and ready to refrigerate.
- Replace the coffee filter with a lid and put it in the refrigerator for at least six hours.
For More on Villi and Making Yogurt Without an Appliance
- Making Yogurt at Home Without a Yogurt Maker
Learn where to get Villi cultures and how to make yogurt at home. The starter cultures come in a powdered form, which you add to a cup of whole milk to get it going. After about 24 hours, you have yogurt! You can then use this batch to make more.
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Why Homemade Yogurt?
It might seem like making your own yogurt would be an unnecessary chore. It's actually quite simple and doesn't require much effort at all. Plus also, there are many benefits to creating your own counter top cultures, including:
- Giving you more control over what you put into your mouth. Using only whole milk and cultures, making homemade yogurt allows you to be in control of what goes into your food. Store-bought brands contain sugar and additives that should be avoided. The best part is that it tastes so good and fresh, you don't even need all of the flavorings and sweeteners.
- Glass containers instead of plastic. Using glass canning jars allows you to avoid plastic that leaches chemicals and causes waste. Buy the small half-pint jars for single servings. If you want to make larger batches, get the quart-sized jars. Always use a ratio of one tablespoon of yogurt to one cup of whole milk.
- More beneficial organisms. Homemade yogurt contains a greater number of healthy probiotics than the store-bought variety. As in all fermented foods, processing diminishes the number of live cells. When you make probiotic foods at home, you get the most bang for your buck with foods that have the most live beneficial bacteria.
- Saving you money. Those little cups can get expensive quickly. At home, you can make 16 cups of yogurt by using a gallon of whole milk. Our local supermarket carries organic whole milk for six dollars a gallon. It ends up costing less than 40 cents per full cup of tasty organic yogurt.
- More versatility. With homemade yogurt, you can make it work for smoothies or spreads. Just strain out the whey according to your needs.
We All Need Probiotic Foods
Probiotic foods like yogurt provide many health benefits from digestion to improved immune function. Things like environmental toxins and stress deplete healthy gut flora, which leads to a wide range of physical and mental health problems. Eating fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and pickles on a regular basis supplies your body with the probiotics it needs for strong immunity and sharp brain function.
Producing your own cultured food at home is fun. Some might say it's even a little bit addictive! Like growing your own vegetables, creating your own fermented vegetables and homemade yogurt gives you a feeling of accomplishment as you save money and do something positive for your health.
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© Liz Davis 2012 Homemade Yogurt
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