Yogurt is a type of edible dairy product that is made out of milk that has been fermented by process of bacterial fermentation. Yogurt can be made out of any type of milk, such as cow’s milk or goat’s milk. Yogurt has high nutritional value and it is a source of calcium, protein, potassium, vitamins and phosphorus. Soy yogurt is made out of soy milk, and is a non-dairy alternative to regular diary yogurt.
People have been making and eating yogurt of centuries, and it is eaten around the world. There are many different types of yogurts in various global cuisines, and it can be eaten in various ways. For example, it can be blended with fruits to make a smoothie. It can be sweetened and used in desserts and snacks. It can also be used as an ingredient in an entrée or eaten as an accompaniment or used as a dipping sauce.
Yogurt can be store bought, but it can also easily be made at home. Homemade yogurt can be made in regular pots and pans or it can be made using a yogurt maker which is an appliance that is specifically designed to make yogurt. Homemade yogurt is made with the help of a yogurt starter. A yogurt starter is the ingredient added to milk that acts as an agent to get the fermentation to begin. This works because yogurt starter has cultures of bacteria and these bacteria cultures trigger the fermentation process.
Yogurt starter comes in many forms. It is often available in grocery stores and is also available in specialty stores or health food stores where it is sold in liquid or powdered form. The labeling should inform you on the type of bacteria cultures the starter contains. Using a small quantity of plain homemade or store-bought yogurt can also work as a yogurt starter as yogurt already contains the bacteria required for making yogurt.
Homemade yogurt is healthier because it is fresh and fresh yogurt has a higher nutritional value. Also, store-bought yogurt may contain preservatives and other agents such as flavoring agents that may reduce the yogurt’s health benefits. However, some store-bought brands contain added nutritional value and include certain cultures of pro-biotic bacteria that make the yogurt very healthy.