No Yogurt Maker Yogurt
I learned a lot of my natural remedies when I was a child from my mom and I learned the science behind it in naturopathic medical school. My mom would get into the habit of making her own yogurt. I never really got the necessity till now.
There are a few reasons making yogurt on your own can be a healthy option (plus it is really easy to do) and good for replenishing healthy gut flora. For those affected by Small Intestinal Bowel Overgrowth (SIBO), this is an incredible staple for the SCD/Low FODMAP diet.
- 3 billion healthy bacteria per 1 ml of yogurt (estimated 1 trillion in your entire gut)
- Great source of vitamins including B12
- People who ate 18 oz. of yogurt daily had increased weight loss than those who skipped the snack
Why Not Commercial Yogurt?
- Shorter “set” time — not all are done under a 24-hour process
- Often times has fillers (starches and gums)
- Not able to choose a healthy milk source and yogurt starter
- Less sensitivity reactions with homemade yogurt
It is great if you have a yogurt maker or dehydrator to keep the yogurt at a low temp, but if you have a small living space there is another way.
Here is how to do it without a yogurt maker:
- 4 Quarts/1 Gallon Organic Cow/Goat Milk
- Heat the milk while mixing until it comes to a boil. The boiling process will destroy harmful organisms and restructure proteins to help with the viscosity.
- Let cool for about 45 min on the stove top.
- Add starter (1/2 scoop for 2 quarts to 1 gallon of milk) and mix.
- Place the top back on the pot and wrap the entire pot in a bath towel.
- Place the wrapped pot in the oven with the light on (no heat) for 24 hours.
- After 24 hours, enjoy!
The starter on the link makes the yogurt really nice and thick.