There are lots of treats that could be hiding in your refrigerator, but none is creamier and tastier than yogurt. Whether it’s plain or fruity, it’s a healthy alternative that will make your parents proud. Plain yogurt may seem boring, but you can take it to a whole new level. It makes the perfect snack and it’s a great source of dairy that contains live bacterial culture. Although it can be bought in stores, it can also be made at home with fresh, wholesome ingredients and without any preservatives.
How Is Yogurt Made?
The bacteria added to the fresh milk must be heated so the lactose (sugar) becomes converted into lactic acid, which then thickens and gives it its tangy flavor. This all must happen in a controlled environment. Use a food thermometer to reach the ideal temperature when heating the milk in a pot, and again when it’s left to cool before it’s poured into the yogurt maker. A thicker, tangier yogurt will result the longer the bacteria is allowed to ferment. Yogurt can be made without a yogurt maker, but such a small appliance can simplify the process to ensure better results.
For a creamier texture, add gelatin. Sweeteners, fruit, and other flavorings may be added once the desired consistency has been achieved. For an even thicker consistency, consider straining the yogurt. This will result in what’s commonly referred to as Greek yogurt.
Enjoy a fun snack by making a yogurt parfait with your favorite fruit. Try adding raspberries and pineapple, or substitute them with others for a change. Keeping it fresh is the best way to go. Yogurt, topped with crushed walnuts, cinnamon, and organic honey can be an extremely healthy and hearty breakfast, too.
Yogurt is a delicious, healthy snack because it’s chock full of protein and minerals. Don’t avoid yogurt if you’re lactose intolerant, as the lactose can be broken down in the intestines, thanks to its special enzyme. It can also be made with whole milk, low- or non-fat, and other varieties, and with the milk of other animals.
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