Why natural yogurt is good for you and tips on making your own

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.

yogurt maker

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.

yogurt in jars

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.

making yogurt

The result? A nice thick yogurt with just the consistency I like.

fresh homemade yogurt

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.

strawberry and banana compote

The combination of the two was great!

yogurt with strawberry banana compote

I was sent a “Severin” yogurt maker to take part on the “Great Oven Ban Challenge”. All opinions are my own.

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14 Responses to Why natural yogurt is good for you and tips on making your own

  1. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I got a yoghurt maker for Christmas and I have to admit that I haven’t used it yet. I am going to get it out this week though.

  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    Used to make yogurt quite a lot..now I am getting lazy..maybe I really should get a yogurt maker since it saves a lot work.

  3. la cucina di Molly

    Lo yogurt fatto in casa è buonissimo, ho anch’io una yogurtiera e ogni tanto lo preparo! Molto invitante la tua versione con la salsa di fragole e banane! Un abbraccio!

    • Alida

      Grazie cara ciao!

  4. Louise

    Hi Alida,
    I totally agree with you. Homemade yogurt is awesome! Your yogurt looks so yummy. I often mix my homemade yogurt withhomemade strawberry jam but when I’m out of jam, banana it is!

    I use yogurt in place of milk in so many things especially pancakes. And of course yogurt in place of sour cream works well too:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Alida…I better make a fresh batch of yogurt tomorrow before I eat all of my last batch, lol…

    • Alida

      Just like me then, lots of yogurt! So healthy and delicious.

  5. Balvinder

    I make and eat yogurt everyday since it is must with our spicy curries.

  6. Elinor Hill aka Beachhutcook

    I have a really old yoghurt maker and it really does make the most delicious creamy yoghurts. The best thing is, no sugar is needed. Elinor x

    • Alida

      Yes it is really nice to be able to make your own, without preservatives or additives.

  7. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    I have never made yoghurt….. think my kitchen has no room for any more gadgets either right now! Yours looks lovely though and a good home-made compote is always a lovely thing! x

  8. Sue Olivant

    We eat yoghurt everyday and I use pots of it in cooking. I’m thinking of buying a yoghurt maker, but could I use Greek yogurt as a starter as so many recipes ask for Greek yoghurt? Thanks for sharing your tips. I could save so much money by making my own and also use up all the glut of fruit I have each week (I can’ t resist bags of all sorts of fruit for 50p at our local farm shop – the fruit is about to turn overripe and is ideal for smoothies). I could use the fruit to make loads of compote and freeze it and defrost to mix with a new batch of yogurt. Thanks Alida, you’ve given me so many new ideas.

    • Alida

      Hi Sue,
      Your enthusiasm is contagious! You always have so many ideas!I think your idea of making compote with ripe fruit and freezing it is great.
      Greek Yogurt is different to ordinary yogurt. To make thick Greek yogurt you will need to strain the yogurt using a clean cloth so all the extra liquid will be drained (it should take max 4 hours in the fridge).
      So you first need to make yogurt by either buying some dry starter culture or by simply using a small tub of natural bio live yogurt as a starter.
      Let me know how you get on x

      • Sue Olivant

        Thanks for the tip Alida. Can’t wait to get started and I’ll be glad to let you know how I get on. Waiting for the rhubarb and Moroccan mint to grow so that I can make my favourite Lamb Koresh – it’s become an annual tradition. X

  9. uno spicchio di melone

    Come sai anch’io adoro lo yogurt con la marmellata…e questo supera decisamente a mia COLAZIONE FRAGOLOSA di PRIMAVERA! Lo yogurt homemade è strepitoso! Anche la tua marmellatina…MMM che buona! Bravissima Alida!

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