Today I got to try my freshly made, lactose-free yogurt!! It was a pretty easy process, it just takes quite a bit of time. I first went to the store to pick out milk, I wasn’t sure if the “ultrapastuerized” kind or the already lactose-free kind would work, so I went with regular 1% milk (was going to do 2% but the 1% was on sale for 99 cents!). I used an entire half gallon and boiled it on the stove until it reached 180 degrees. Then I let it cool down to 110 degrees, which took maybe 20-30 mins sitting out. I thought about putting it in the fridge, but I was busy making dinner so wasn’t in a huge rush for the next step. Once it was 110 degrees, I mixed 6 tablespoons of the warm milk with the yogurt starter, then once that was fully mixed, whisked it in to the rest of the milk. Then I plugged in the yogurt maker, poured the milk in to the container, and let it simmer for 24 hours. Now normally you would only have to “cook” it for 8-12 hours, but in order to ensure that it is fully lactose-free, the SCD diet recommends cooking it for 24 hours. From what I’ve read, that does result in a more sour yogurt. Once it had cooked for 24 hours, it needed to be refrigerated for at least 8 hours.
So this morning was the first taste test!! It is definitely very tart, though so is store-bought plain yogurt, so I wasn’t surprised. It has a little bit of an after taste, but nothing like goat’s milk yogurt. I mixed it with some maple syrup and then put some on my baked carrot cake oatmeal.
I would say it was not the greatest on the oatmeal, I think because the oatmeal was not very sweet and then adding some tart didn’t go well. But I am hopeful that mixing the yogurt with berries and maple syrup and letting it sit for a day or so to let the flavors meld will make a world of a difference!
I have looked into if I could use coconut milk to make yogurt and I think it will be doable, though certainly more expensive. From the tutorials I’ve seen, they recommend using the canned coconut milk since it is thicker, so at least for awhile I don’t think I’d better try my homemade coconut milk. Now, my stomach did seem a little off today, but it wasn’t an immediate reaction after the yogurt, so I don’t know if it was related or not. I did have a banana (eaten quickly while walking) for an afternoon snack and wonder if that was part of it. I will continue to be cognizant of how I’m feeling after eating the yogurt and see. I really think my issue was with the lactose because I can eat cheese and have little to no problems. We shall see! But I think 2 qts of yogurt should last me quite awhile, so I am definitely going to find some other uses for it! It was an exciting adventure to do this, though, I certainly would never have thought I’d be making my own coconut milk AND yogurt! Who needs cooking classes when you have Pinterest?? 🙂