Do you drink milk?
Many people have problems digesting it, they say it makes their tummy feel funny and bloated.
I rarely drink milk these days but I do have yogurt most mornings for breakfast. Even if yogurt and milk are essentially the same food, yogurt is different as it is fermented and contains other strains of bacteria which are really beneficial to us.
Yogurt is full of natural goodness: plenty of vitamins, proteins and particularly important are those bacteria found in ‘bio live’ yogurts which can help with gut-related issues such as constipation. Yogurt helps the immune system and is a highly nutritious food.
I choose full fat yogurt over the low-fat versions as they are tastier, richer and more satisfying. Often low-fat yogurts have starches, gums and even gelatin added to improve the texture which otherwise would often be too thin and not very interesting.
I often enjoy making my own yogurt, always with whole milk, because it produces a naturally thick final product. When you make your own you will notice the whey liquid that separates from the milk solids, don’t throw that away as it is full of proteins.
I have made yogurt with a yogurt maker made by Severin and distribuited by Homespares. This comes with 7 glass jars.
Homemade yogurt is easy to do. I bought a small tub of natural yogurt and put just over 1 tsp of natural yogurt onto each jar.
I warmed some milk up and pour it onto each jar. I mixed gently but thoroughly, placed the lids on the jars and arranged them in the yogurt maker for 6 hours. There is something to be said about milk. Generally any sort of milk can be used, sterilized or UHT milk give the best results, any other sort of milk should be heated at 90C or 190F before use. Allow the milk to cool down to approx 40C or 100F afterwards.
You should then leave the yogurt maker undisturbed until the yogurt has set.
When it is done you need to transfer the warm jars into the fridge to cool and to set further.
The result? A nice thick yogurt with just the consistency I like.
You can add anything you like t0 your yogurt, like honey, muesly, granola, fruit or nuts.
I made a compote with 1 banana, 200 g of strawberries and 2 tbsp of brown sugar. I crushed the fruit, added the sugar and boiled on a low heat until a compote consistency was reached. Then I let the mixture cool down.
The combination of the two was great!
I was sent a “Severin” yogurt maker to take part on the “Great Oven Ban Challenge”. All opinions are my own.