Homemade yogurt can be used to make tasty dips, salad dressings, and sauces. Homemade yogurt has many other uses, and can be an ingredient in food and drinks, or can be used as a marinade. Homemade yogurt is rich in nutrients and minerals.
Making homemade yogurt requires a yogurt starter culture. There are different types of yogurt starter cultures available, and these can be used to make different types of yogurts, such as Greek yogurt. There are different types of bacteria cultures in various yogurt starter cultures and these will affect the taste, texture, and nutritional value of the yogurt. You can also use a good quality plain yogurt as a yogurt starter culture, and each time you make yogurt, you can save a small amount and use it as the starter for the next batch of yogurt you make. If you are to use yogurt itself as the starter, it is important to keep in mind that it must be plain yogurt as flavored yogurt will not work. Store-bought plain yogurt should be labeled to indicate that it has live and active cultures.
The process of making yogurt is quite simple, and the main ingredients that are required are milk and the starter. The milk can be dairy or non-dairy. If you prefer to have a low fat yogurt, you can use skimmed milk. An optional ingredient is to add some milk powder. Adding milk powder will thicken the consistency of the yogurt and will add to the yogurt’s nutritional value.
Homemade yogurt can be made in a yogurt maker, but it can also easily be made by anyone who does not have a yogurt maker. The general process involved in making homemade yogurt is firstly heating milk until it gets frothy. Then the milk should be taken off the heat and stirred occasionally until it cools. Once it has cooled, the optional milk powder can be added. Then the yogurt starter culture should be added and the milk mixture should be poured into a container and set aside for the bacteria to grow and multiply. Warmth allows the bacteria content to increase. The end result is yogurt that is ready to be refrigerated and served.