Sunday, September 21, 2008
Homemade yogurt with VSL#3 culture (Yes, I know it sounds sort of like some Sci-Fi 50s film version of Yogurt...)
I made yogurt a lot when I was in Germany--I also bought a lot of yogurt, but I could never find a place that had yogurt starters. So, when I moved home a few months ago, I continued to make yogurt the same old way...Using purchased yogurt to start the new yogurt culture. It wasn't until I started taking the VSL#3 probiotic (about a month and a half ago) that I wondered if I could make yogurt with it, but then, I read on the "Trying Low Oxalates" forum at Yahoo that some of the moms had tried it and it worked. So, I thought, why not try? I much prefer yogurt to capsules...
Here is my recipe for making yogurt with no added equipment--it is really very easy:
I took 1/2 gallon of organic milk, and heated it up until bubbles started to form around the edges--That is at about 165-175 degrees Farenheit. Then I removed the yogurt from the heat and let it cool to between 110-115 degrees Farenheit. While it was cooling, I took three capsules of the VSL#3 probiotic and emptied them into about 1/2 cup of cold milk. Once the heated milk had cooled, I whisked in about 1/4 of a cup of warm milk into the cold milk, and then another 1/4 cup, then, I slowly stirred the mixture together, and gradually added it to the hot milk a little at a time--mixing it thoroughly each time. Then I poured it all into a glass container and covered it with foil, and wrapped it in a towel and left it on top of the oven which I had turned to low. I left it to sit all night (about 12 hours) and in the morning I had a very good yogurt. It was a bit chunky, but fairly thick and had an excellent taste. I eat it plain in the morning with either fruit and honey, or lately with a little tiny bit of stevia since I am trying to control my sugar intake also (I use about one packet of stevia over the course of a week--so just a slight dusting on the yogurt). Stevia is high oxalate in its pure form, so if you are trying to avoid oxalates make sure you get one of the "watered down" versions if you do that.