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Actually, I am not a yogurt eater but I know how nutritious yogurt is and since I have 2 kids now, I really want them to eat right.
Eight ounces of yogurt has almost half the calcium kids need daily. No wonder so many families love yogurt—this creamy, tangy food is a cool choice for any time of the day. It can be a yummy treat for breakfast; you can use it in dips or dressings as a healthful alternative for mayonnaise or sour cream; and yogurt is even terrific as a marinade on meat. It's not only delicious, it's very nutritious: Besides being packed with calcium, one serving of yogurt has about a third of the protein recommended for the day. It's also rich in B vitamins.
Yogurt is made by adding something to pasteurized milk that sounds scary—bacteria. But these harmless micro-organisms (or cultures) help the milk ferment to become yogurt and actually boost your immune system. Sometimes yogurt is heated to give it a longer shelf life, but the process destroys this beneficial bacteria. So when shopping, look for the words "contains live and active cultures" on the label. If you like fruit- flavored yogurt, consider stirring fresh fruit into plain yogurt; varieties sold with fruit may have added sugar.
The journey of making my very first own yogurt wasn't easy. First I went to many kitchen stores around here and NONE of them sell a yogurt maker. I even went accross the border one time to find it at the Premium Outlet Mall near Seattle and at that time for some reason 3 things I was looking for, including the yogurt maker were sold out! So I decide to just mail order it from my favorite baking store, the King Arthur Flour. It cost a lot to ship it to Canada because their base store is in the States but luckily last weekend I went down again to Seattle to meet my cousin Eliza and when I order the yogurt maker, I asked them to send it to Eliza's address instead so she can give it to me personally.
So the next morning after my return from Seattle, I went to buy a plain yogurt from the store. I have 2 choices to make home made yogurt, first using a powdered form life culture that I also ordered or I can made yogurt using the life culture from the store bought yogurt that will be mixed with the milk at home. I really want to try the second way.
So first I boil the milk first then cool it down. This is to ensure that the yogurt is more firm because this is the way I am used to eat yogurt in the States or Canada. I am not sure about in Europe.
Then when the milk is already cooled down, I mix my store bought yogurt in it. Then pour it into all 7 glass jars. The place the jar in side the yogurt maker for another 6 hrs. If I use skim milk or 2% milk I have to let it stay in there for longer hours and if I want firmer texture, I should add milk powder to it. But for now I want to try the most basic one using whole milk.
While the yogurt is being made. I made strawberry stew. So easy, basically I just cut them in small pieces, then place all of them in a saucepan, add a little water and as much sugar as I like. In this case... a lot. Then just let it simmer until they are thick. Store them in the fridge together with the yogurt.
The next morning, I serve my yogurt to my son with a teaspoonfull of the strawberry stew/compote ( I am not sure what to name this mixture ). I also read that I can mix the strawberry with the milk but then the yogurt will not be firm enough and I really want to see how firm the yogurt will be. It's quite firm actually when I taste it for the first time. I am please with the result. Since I am not a yogurt eater, I couldn't say if my home made one taste better than the store bought one. But for now, I can see that my children will eat a nutritious breakfast with this delicious home made yogurt. Next, I am going to make for myself a cool lassi drink with this yogurt. Just use my blender to crush the ice cubes first, then add my yogurt, a little sugar, and a pinch of salt and voila! I have a healthy drink on my hand.
Oh yeah...the strawberry compote/stew, has the same texture with strawberry jam so it can be use for spread for your toast in the morning.