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Experiment: Vegan Yogurt with Homemade Almond Milk and Agar Agar

Most vegan yogurt made at home is going to need thickening help. Unless you're using commercial soy milk with little to no additives, or coconut milk with guar gum, there's just no magical way to make it thicken by adding the culture to milksorry! Such is the case with nut or seed milks. In my experience, I have yet to see a commercial nut or seed milk even culture, let alone thicken. Homemade milk and a thickener is the best combinational chance of success. Today, to stay truly vegan, let's experiment with the Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture with homemade almond milk and agar agar. The Instant Pot is the craze these days for making yogurt. I highly recommend IP owners...

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Making Yogurt in the Instant Pot

by Stacie If you have an Instant Pot in your kitchen, you've likely discovered the 1001 ways to make mealtime easier and more efficient. But have you ventured into Instant Pot yogurt making? Making yogurt in the Instant Pot is even easier than making yogurt in a yogurt maker. Here's how it's done: Step 1: Clean Your Instant Pot Just to be safe, clean your instant Pot first by steaming 1 cup of water for 1 minute with the vent sealed. Steaming kills off any bacteria that may be hanging around, even after washing your insert. While making yogurt is not a sensitive process, it's always a good idea to use clean equipment, to avoid contaminating your culture. Step 2:...

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Choose Your Milk for Making Yogurt

by Suzanne Pasteurized? Homogenized? Grass-fed? How do you choose the best milk for making yogurt? What is Pasteurized Milk? Pasteurization is the process of heating milk to kill bacteria, making the milk stay fresh longer. While this process may have made milk easier to transport long distances, it may not be the best for milk you're going to use to make yogurt. There are different types of pasteurization, so be sure to check the carton before you buy! HTST or Flash Pasteurized milk is heated to 161ºF and held there for 15 seconds. If your bottle of milk is labeled simply Pasteurized, it has most likely been treated in this way. Pasteurized milk is a great choice for making your...

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The Details: Heated Yogurts

by Suzanne Some yogurt starters require heat to activate the bacteria, so that those bacteria can do the work of fermenting the milk. These yogurt starters are called thermophilic starters, meaning heat-loving. Which yogurt starters are thermophilic? Bulgarian Yogurt Starter is a reusable starter that makes a mild-flavored, thick yogurt. Greek Yogurt Starter is a reusable starter that makes a more tangy, thick yogurt. Vegan Yogurt Starter, while not a reusable starter, is a thermophilic yogurt starter. Vegan Yogurt Starter is the best choice when culturing non-dairy milk such as coconut milk, rice milk, soy milk, or nut/seed milks. NOTE: Vegan Yogurt Starter and non-dairy milks require an added thickener. How do I make thermophilic yogurt at home? Making one...

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An Intro to Yogurt

by Suzanne Trying to add probiotics to your diet but not sure how to get started? Enter Yogurt! Yogurt is the best introduction to probiotic foods you can find, and the whole family will love it! Why Make Yogurt At Home? Yogurt is familiar to nearly everyone, so it's easy to add to your daily meal plan. Kids love it! It mixes well with so many foods: berries, granola, nuts, and shredded coconut, just to name a few. Yogurt is also a wonderful addition to savory foods. Try a spoonful of plain yogurt atop beef stew, pasta, or any dish you would normally add sour cream to. When you make your own yogurt at home, you know exactly what the...

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