Almost unsweetened Vegan Yogurt
Remember I morphed into a health nut overnight right? Anyways I promised a yogurt at home making post and before I get questions on making it without a maker I must admit I never did it in the thermos or oven before and I depend on a yogurt maker only. If any of you have made yogurt without a machine please leave a comment and let me know how.I tend to like my yogurtS pretty thick so I add a little arrowroot in my formula.
I picked up my maker in the West Coast of France last year and it was one those things I kept talking about and putting off but with the price of vegan yogurt in the French West Indies we decided to get a machine so we could eat yogurt everyday. I am a big fan of probiotics and when I went vegan I was fed up with seeing 2 or 3 Silk yogurtS in the supermarket in Barbados and having to buy all of them because you know where is the next one coming from right? My problem with some of the vegan yogurt on the market are
A. Some brands taste like vegan mayo when they get into my mouth my husband does not taste the mayo but I do.
B. Too expensive and not always in stock oh and not big containers like the leading brands of dairy yogurt
C.Too many sweet vegan yogurt and not many options for unsweetened yogurts.
Finding a good vegan starter
I usually get a pack like this in the supermarket here and it is my prefered brand as a starter. It is vegan, organic and only has THREE ingredients. Yes even less than mine…I am ashamed but you get what I mean that it is a really good brand. Soja Sun makes lots of refrigerated vegan products as well like chocolate puddings etc that are lower in sugar than the North American brands. The best bet for someone living in North America is to use Silk unsweetened as a starter( I have a friend who currently uses that as her starter). Alpro also makes a good vegan yogurt.
Does it pay to make your own vegan yogurt?
HELL TO THE YES!
I pay sometimes 4 – 6 euro for the pack of 6 of the Soja sun and using two of them as a starter yields 49 (200 ml) yogurt
As you keep saving 2 yogurt back all of the time amount of microorganism decreases so I would think and you have to start over with a fresh starter again
Think about it
4 euro for 49 home made yougurts..come on…
Is this stuff time consuming because I have a life Taymer!
I admit to be a master procrastinator but yogurt making is not only for a housewife with loads of free time on her hands. You can make this in 15 minutes not inclusive of the downtime it takes for the milk to boil and cool down. No it does not take a lot of time.
How does it taste?
This recipe is just as tangy as the dairy yogurt and you can make a stirred yogurt but stirring in a fruit compote or jam of your choice.
Let us get started
I have excluded temperatures and all of the science stuff because that can intimidate people at times so just follow this pictorial guide to easy yogurt making.
This recipe works well for making yogurt sauces even with the 1 tbs sugar.
That is it for todays post
The next post is using a pressure cooker for more nutritious and better tasting meals.