I love natural yoghurt for my breakfast in the mornings, but one thing that annoys me is it is double the price of normal yoghurt, which I can never understand as it has something missing (the flavouring) it seems the more that is taken out of a product the more expensive it is. Anyway I have since found an excellent and very simple recipe to make your own natural yoghurt.
The recipe makes a pint of natural yoghurt and only uses 2 ingredients.
1 pint of UHT milk
1 teaspoon of natural yoghurt (once you have made your first pint you no longer need to buy a pot of natural yoghurt for this you can use a teaspoon of your own homemade yoghurt)
Heat 1 pint of UHT milk to blood temperature ( nice and warm, not too hot but not tepid) For this I used Tesco Value UHT milk it works just as well as the more expensive ones and costs about 50p for a carton.
If you decide to use fresh milk you need to boil it first and let it cool to blood temperature this is to ensure there is no bacteria in the milk.
Warm a flask with hot water, I just boil the kettle and fill mine up and leave it for a few seconds then empty out the water.
When the milk is at the correct temperature add 1 rounded teaspoon of natural yoghurt and stir thoroughly.
Pour the yoghurt and milk mixture into the warm flask and put the lid on.
Leave for 24 hours, do not refrigerate or move and do not remove lid (even if you are tempted to have a look I was)
24 Hours later you should have a pint of natural yoghurt.
Use a teaspoon of this to start your next batch.
I was a bit unsure when I first tired this recipe as to whether it would work but I have to say I was very impressed and always make my own natural yoghurts now. I can basically make a pint of natural yoghurt for just 50p, this is so much cheaper than buying it from a supermarket, it has made a real difference to my shopping bill.
If you want your yoghurt to be thicker you can use a natural Greek thick yoghurt for your first batch, meaning the pint you make will also be slightly thicker.
If you do not like natural yoghurt you can also use this recipe to make flavoured yoghurt, you follow the same recipe then once the yoghurt is ready 24 hours later blend up any fruit you like and stir into the natural yoghurt, if it is not sweet enough add teaspoon of sugar, personally I do not do this. The juice of fruit can also be added to the plain natural yoghurt if you wish to make a smooth yoghurt with no bits.
It is a recipe I highly recommend and is so easy and cheap to make.
When I first saw that natural yogurts was listed under health foods I was a little surprised, but then when I thought about it, it did make perfect sense. Natural yogurt is, after all, a superfood, containing plenty of potassium, calcium, protein and B vitamins, including B-12, as well as friendly bacteria. If you buy the right one that is. If you're going to buy natural yogurt make sure you buy those that contain live cultures, otherwise you won't be getting all of the available benefits. This might mean spending a wee bit more, but then again, you're paying for what you get.
Thanks to the recent popularity of such products as Yakult, we've all become more familiar with the concept of friendly bacteria. Natural yogurt contains, amongst others, the bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillu bulgaricus, Streptococcus thermophilus, and bifidobacteria. These bacteria help keep the digestive system healthy, maximizes nutrients you can absorb into your body, and keeps the immune system running properly. It's especially good for the gut. Irritable bowl syndrome runs in my family, so my family eats it constantly, and they all attest to how much better they feel since they started eating it on a daily basis. I ensure that I eat it often to ensure a healthily balanced diet, and hopefully so that I won't suffer from IBS in the future. We can but hope.
The benefits of natural yogurt are thought to include:
-boosting immune response
-fighting bad breath
-reducing occurrence of urinary infections
-Lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol, Rasing HDL (good) cholesterol
-boosts fat burning
Natural yogurt also helps with the absorption of vitamins and minerals, which will also help to keep you healthy.
Sure, natural yogurt may not be the tastiest thing in the world, but if I want a little bit of flavour I add a spoonful of strawberry jam. Hey presto, I've got all of the benefits of natural yogurt, and it tastes nice too. When I do this I also like to mix in some milled seeds, such as flaxseed or pumpkin seeds. The resulting mixture might not look the nicest nice, but it's one of the easiest ways to take them and get your omegas 3 and 6. In fact, if it's the taste that's putting you off natural yogurt, why not try adding all sorts of things? Honey, marmalade, chocolate sauce, raisins etc, or make yourself some fruit smoothies full of natural yogurty goodness. I also use natural yogurt for making salad dressings and marinades. Tasty and healthy.
There are loads of natural yogurts on the market, and I suggest shopping around until you find one that you like. I generally opt for the low fat options as I like the taste of these, and if I'm eating them for the health benefits anyway, I might as well try and avoid those extra calories. I personally like Yeo Valley Organic Fat Free Natural Bio Live Yogurt which costs 35p for a 150g pot- perfect for a small snack.
Dairy Farm Products Yoghurt- www.paneer.co.ukI have found that this Yoghurt, sold in many indian sweet shops is just as good as the Yeo Valley, Rachels or Onken. Its is a third of the price and just as tasty, i don't feel quite so bad at having a whole tub when its costs 40pence.The Thick and Creamy is great also, amazing for marinating, and make thirst quencing drinks
I am at the moment sat here with a tub of Yeo Valley Organic Fat free bio live yogurt. I thought that whilst I was sat here writting I might as well be eating this at the same time, just to let you know what my true oppinion really is of course. Looking at the tub I can see the letters on the front written in green and with a flowery field at the bottom, very inviting if you ask me, there is also a clear plastic lid, which has a foil top underneath, this has to be pealed back to get at the yogurt. A 450g tub of this will only cost you around 99p I got mine for 79p as safeways are doing an offer, there are lots of different flavours to choose from, anything from natural, strawberry to toffee any of them will do for me as I love this stuff. A tub this size is great for all the family and can be used on it's own or with lots of things like strawberries, bannana's, apple pie and other fruit dishes. This yogurt is thick and creamy and the taste is divine, the natural flavour which I am at the moment cramming into my mouth at each paragraph's end is delicious, the flavour is not too strong but is just right and I must say that it's going to be really hard to stop eating this. Too much will probably make me feel ill. Mind you it is good for you so it may be alright. The calorie intake is not too high either so I suppose it doesn't really matter if you pig out on this yogurt, 100g of yogurt has 92 calories in it, so you can eat this for breakfast if your dieting. You have to keep it refrigerated though and it has to be eaten within three days of you opening the tub, I suppose that's because it's a live yogurt. You can visit wwww.yeo-organic.co.uk if you fancy having a look at their website. It's made with organic milk which in my opinion gives it that extra special creamy taste, the consistancy is thick and smooth and the bacteria in the yogurt helps to aid y
our digestive system, so you can eat this yogurt in the mornings or for supper and it will do you lots of good. It is of course suitable for kids and the farmers benefit from a fair price. If you haven't tried this yogurt then you really are missing out, the next time you see it in the supermarket put some in your basket or trolley, if you don't like it I'll be very surprised.
Yogurt is the wonderful, anytime healthy snack; and it probably does you more good than you actually realise. Background/History ------------------------ For those readers who don’t already know, yogurt is a fermented, slightly acidic dairy food product made from milk. Its origins are unknown, thought the name is Turkish, and it resembles the many other fermented milk foods made throughout the world, such as kefir and kumiss (a Russian and Mongolian fermented milk beverage - originally made from mare's milk). Unlike many of these foods, however, yogurt is usually made from concentrated milk and is soured by a specific bacillus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus. As a food, yogurt is a rich source of protein, and of course, contains all the vitamins and minerals found in milk. Yogurt for Health ---------------------- Live yogurt, which contains active bacteria, is most often used therapeutically, and should be eaten to increase the healthy bacterial in the body, to help it fight infection. Live yogurt is an antifungal, and can be used in the treatment of thrush. It may also help to reduce cholesterol levels and encourages the growth of health bacteria in the bowels, which aid absorption of nutrients and helps to prevent infection. Live yogurt also helps to produce vitamin B in the body and stimulates bowel movement. It is recommended that it is eaten daily, to help to prevent and control the growth of cancerous cells and as a digestive aid. It has also been said that eating yogurt daily may help to prevent heart disease. Live yogurt should also be eaten daily for two to three weeks following a course of antibiotics as it helps to increase beneficial bacterial which is killed by the antibiotics. It is very useful for those who suffer with thrush - apply live yogurt to the infected areas; it can also be used internally as a douche. Yogurt for Beauty ----------------------
On the beauty front, natural yogurt makes an excellent facial cleanser and moisturiser. Apply it to the skin with cotton wool as you would a commercial product. Home-made Yogurt ------------------------ Make your own yogurt by adding three teaspoons of live yogurt to one pint of milk and leave to set. I make mine in a commercial electric yogurt maker. It is important to note that live yogurt is not effective when mixed with sweeteners, however, for the best effect I make my own yogurt, and flavour it with a little unpasteurised honey and a banana or fresh, sliced strawberries – yummy! Yogurt can be used in cooking as a replacement for cream however, it is more beneficial to the body if eaten "el naturale"!
Natural yoghurt is a very versatile food, with many health benefits. Yoghurt making originated in Asia and Eastern Europe many thousands of years ago and these days it is used in many ways. Natural whole milk yoghurt is rich in protein and minerals, especially calcium and phosphorus. Low fat and fat free yoghurts are made from skimmed milk powder and have a higher carbohydrate and protein content than the whole milk version. The bacteria in yoghurt aids the synthesis of vitamins and stimulate the growth of intestinal bacteria, discouraging and destroying harmful ones. It helps restore the digestive tract to its normal condition when you have been on a course of antibiotics. This is why it is so good for the treatment of thrush as antibiotics can destroy intestinal bacteria, both good and bad. Research has shown that those who eat 4 pots of yoghurt a week suffer less vaginal and bladder infections. Natural yoghurt can be used in many ways; as a marinade for meat or fish, as a dressing for salads, and in soups, casseroles and curries. It is also used for topping fresh fruit salads and cereals. With more people becoming aware of healthy eating it is being used more and more in an increasing variety of dishes. It can be made from sheep's, cow's, goat's or even soya milk. In addition, natural yoghurt forms the base of a number of natural skin treatments, for example, home made face packs. Yoghurt can be made at home, but there are so many different varieties easily available in the supermarkets these days, you don’t really have to bother. I eat my natural yoghurt with crushed nuts and a teaspoon of honey for breakfast and as a salad dressing, by adding a teaspoon of mint and a small onion, chopped, to a pot. It’s very tasty, yet very good for your all round health.
Any woman who has ever suffered from vaginal thrush will know how uncomfortable and unpleasant a complaint it is and yet one that can occur very regularly and can be caused by many simple things ranging from the material of your underwear to the pill. There are now a number of over the counter remedies that you can buy, both pills and pessaries but both of which are quite expensive and, of course, medicines. You can also get prescriptions from your Dr but whatever you use you cannot guarantee that it will not recur. There is however a much simpler, cheaper and healthier answer Yoghurt. Yes unflavoured live yoghurt which is available from most supermarkets and healthfood shops. Very easy to use, if a little messy. You put a bit of yoghurt in a bowl, soak a tampon in it and then insert into the vagina. Do not leave in for more than four hours, as recommended for all tampons. The yoghurt works really well and can be used as soon as you feel an attack coming on. It is very important that the yoghurt is live and unflavoured. An excellent alternative to medicine and one which has been recommended to me by a Dr and a Consultant. Best of all it WORKS.