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Mesophilic Yogurt: Viili

by Jerri At NW Ferments we absolutely LOVE the mesophilic (a.k.a. œroom temperature) yogurts. We carry the Matsoni, Filmjolk, and Piima, but today we are rehydrating and using the Viili culture. I have a special interest in this one because my daughter is spending her junior year abroad in Finland, where Viili hails from! Our product description says: Make your own creamy & mildly flavored Viili Yogurt. Originally from Finland, this heirloom variety is mesophilic, meaning that it will culture at room temperature (70-77 degrees). No yogurt maker is required. Reusable- by reserving a bit from each batch, you can continue to make Viili Yogurt indefinitely! However, this time of year, if you don't have a spot in your home...

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FAQS - Heirloom Thermophilic Yogurt

FAQs: Can I use Ultra Pasteurized milk? There is nothing else at the store. NEVER EVER use Ultra Pastuerized milk or Flash or UP or UHT or HTST milk. It's cooked, dead milk, and cultures cannot survive in it. Always use milk that states only pasteurized on the label. Also new to the market is ultra-filtered milk, one brand in particular says there is no lactose, which is what your bacteria needs to eat. The fact alone it is overly processed is bad news for a living culture.   I have access to raw milk. Can I use it? Yes, you have two choices. 1) Properly pasteurize the raw milk and continue with the normal directions. 2) If you want...

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Using Raw Milk with the Thermophilic and Mesophilic Yogurt Cultures

by Jerri If you have access to raw milk, you may be wondering how to use it with your heirloom yogurt cultures. If you want your yogurt to be as raw as possible, there is an extra step/batch that often is misunderstood, but necessary. Waaaaaait for it. You have to heat your raw milk for the mother culture batches. WHAT? HEAT precious raw milk? But that's an abominable act, right? Not to fret, we'll help you make as raw yogurt as possible, while ensuring your beloved mother culture bacteria will live as long as it can, generation after generation. It's actually very simple. First, you have to understand it is because of the naturally bionic, super strong, amazing bacteria in...

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Making Greek Yogurt Amongst Friends

When my good buddies asked about yogurt, I said, œHey, I know where to get some and I know who can teach you! They were stokednervous, but stoked. Both of them have InstantPots, and one pot's maiden voyage was going to be in yogurt making. I wanted to ease them into it, so I created a document of directions and FAQs that even included how long it might take to heat/cool their milk. I decided to activate the starter for them, so they'd have yogurt starter to work with after our lesson. Here's how it goesFirst, heat the milk slowly to 160ºF, and then cool to 110ºF. Sprinkle the powdered culture from the silver packet on the surface, and let...

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Trying Again: Vegan Yogurt with Homemade Almond Milk and Agar Agar Powder

by Jerri Someone out there is successfully making almond milk yogurt with agar agar powder, and I want to join the ranks! I'm giving it another go this week! In my first attempt, I tried a heaping teaspoon of agar agar powder (not flakes) added to my homemade almond milk. I heated it slowly to 110ºF, added the culture, and then let it ferment in my Instant Pot. It fermented well, tasting tart, but the thickening did not happen. I successfully experimented with guar gum to thicken it after the fact, and my husband then enjoyed strawberry vegan yogurt for the next week in his smoothies. This time, I'm adding a lot more agar agar powder, but keeping everything else...

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