My dh has dairy sensitivities, so I want to stay away from cows milk yogurt, and Ive heard soy isnt much better. So, what does that leave me with? Ive seen goat milk yogurt, but is that really that much better? Educate me, please. Thanks!
My kids can't tolerate cow's milk. So, I make goat yogurt for my DD5. My DS3 just start to be able to eat goat's yogurt. I had to start with nut milk yogurt for him. I put blanched almond, cashew and pine nuts in a blender with water. Squeese in a large cotton/dish cloth to get the milk out. Then, put starter to culture it for 8hr in oven.
I just do 2 cans coconut milk, 2 T. of honey (you need the honey to feed the culture) and either 2T. agar agar or 2T. gelatin if you want it to thicken. If you are okay with it being liquid and just adding it to smoothies you can skip that step. Heat ingredients to 110 degrees F. and add starter culture. Stir in 1 T. of vanilla extract and cover. Incubate at 105-110 for at least 8 hours. You can leave it longer, I generally leave it 12 hours to make sure it's developed properly. I notice that the extra couple of hours makes a difference.
Firefaery, I see your new little one is the same age as mine. When you make the yogurt, are you able to give it to your little one if you put honey in it. I know babies under 12 months shouldnt have honey, so Im wondering if it getting "eaten" up by the culture. Also, what is agar agar? Thanks!
Oh-and agar agar is a plant based thickener. If you are okay using gelatin that would be cheaper, but vegetarians wouldn't be okay with that! It will help it set up-otherwise the consistency wouldn't change. I sometimes like to have it thick so my kids can eat it, but I always make a batch or two at the same time without it for use in smoothies.
Wow - I didn't know you could make yogurt out of nut milks - I'm so excited!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: I have yeast problems and we don't eat dairy and I stay away from soy so the thought of being able to have yogurt using almond milk makes me want to jump for joy!!! I contemplated getting dairy yogurt the other day at WFs b/c of my yeast problem but couldn't stomach the thought of eating it.<br><br>
The yogurt starter - where do you get it? And is it a diary, goat or soy product to start w/?<br><br>
Off to tell dh!!!<br><br>