When it comes to the ever-growing problem of lactose intolerance, homemade yogurt is the answer. You can choose from a variety of recipes and add just a few extra ingredients to make it your own, and you don’t have to use a lactose free yogurt if you don’t want to. Making your own yogurt saves you the trouble of measuring, buying expensive supplies, and has virtually no risk of the harmful toxins and other components often found in store-bought yogurt.
Probiotics are good bacteria that are living in your intestines. These healthy bacteria are actually part of your natural defense system and help keep your digestive tract healthy. Yogurt ferments naturally and helps to create the perfect conditions needed for these good bacteria to grow and thrive.
Use Different Types Of Sugar
You can use different types of sugar or honey to flavor your homemade lactose free yogurt, but be sure to stay away from any that contain sugar. Any time yogurt is fermented, the beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract are destroyed. It is important that the only sugar it contains is the sugar that is naturally occurring in it, as sugars from other sources do not destroy the bad bacteria in your digestive tract. Even those sugar-free yogurts that state they are “fermented” or “enzyme-rich” are not truly safe to eat, as they still contain sugar.
There are several easy-to-make recipes that you can experiment with if you are interested in trying to lower your daily sugar intake. One of the most popular ways to add the missing bacteria to your diet is by using a yeast-based cooking product, such as lactobacillus acidophilus powder. To use a heating mat to make your own dairy-free milk yogurt, simply mix together one cup of yogurt (including all the milk and the live culture) with one cup of water in the work bowl of your kitchen blender. Then, with the aid of a heat set, stir in about one tablespoon of the heated oil onto the yogurt until it is melted.
Make Yogurt By Using A Processor
Another way to make homemade yogurt is by using a processor. For this method, I would recommend using a brand name product like Cuisinart or KitchenAid, as these brands tend to be more effective than the store bought variety. Combine one quart of low fat milk or whole milk, one tablespoon of the yeast (listed above), and two tablespoons of the oil on a heat-proof heat pad set inside a saucepan.
Allow the yogurt to sit on the heat for at least thirty minutes, turning it occasionally to ensure even heating. Once the milk begins to boil, turn off the heat, and scrape the saucepan to remove the cooled milk.
You can also make a delicious and easy dessert by combining the yogurt culture with one half cup of sugar and one tablespoon of evaporated cane or rolled oats, also known as muesli. Once you have inserted the muesli into the yogurt, place it into an ice bath. This process will help to keep the muesli from melting, which can occur if it’s left in its original container. Once you have placed into an ice bath, leave for at least thirty minutes and then enjoy.
Making Homemade Lactose Free Yogurt
An alternative to making homemade lactose free yogurt is to use a heating mat. These heated mats are great because they can be used in the comfort of your own home. They’re inexpensive, and the best part is that there is no clean up involved! Simply add the yogurt culture to the heated heating mat, and stir. The heating mat will then begin to break down the lactose into little pieces, which can be stirred by hand or using a spoon. This is a wonderfully healthy and simple way to begin enjoying the amazing taste and texture of one of these wonderful dairy products.
If you prefer store bought yogurt, you can still enjoy it! All you really need to do is substitute the yogurt cultures for the lactose in your store bought yogurt. The result will be the same – a healthy and tasty dessert. Store bought yogurt will not contain the live cultures, so it is impossible to get the same health benefits as homemade yogurt.
Buy In Powder Form
When shopping for probiotics, you’ll find that it is easier to buy them in powder form rather than liquid form. This makes it far easier to mix them together and gives you the ability to incorporate them into any meals and snacks easily. It is also important to note that store bought yogurt does not usually come with probiotics. When making homemade yogurt ferments, it is best to purchase a product with a high concentration of probiotics such as Activia.
Once you have made your homemade yogurt ferments, add your probiotics just before you heat the mixture. Then you can enjoy your delicious and easy to make dessert. No matter which brand of probiotic you choose, your health will be in good hands.
Probiotics are very important and play a crucial role in our digestive system. By eating healthy yogurt, you can help keep your digestion strong and ensure that you and your family are getting all the nutrients they need.