Making Homemade Yogurt Thick, Delicious & Nutritious, W/O the Yucky Additives!
Making yogurt at home is nothing new in many cultures and why not? Yogurt’s classic taste and nutrients lend its numerous benefits to an assortment of sweet and spicy healthy dishes around the world. One thing in common with this awesome tradition is that regardless of where in the world yogurt has been made, people used clay pots to make it, including the Greeks, who gave us the famous Greek yogurt!
Miriams brought this practice to the USA, by giving people the option to make their creamy yogurt right at home. By using a much purer and cleaner, tested clay, they began to design clay pots that bring out the wonders of yogurt made in clay.
Behind their simple looking design are meticulously created vessels that result in yogurt making being a breeze at home. By not using glazes and adopting a unique hand-finishing process, Miriams clay pots make yogurt thicker by allowing excess water to evaporate through semi-porous walls while the liquid probiotics stay intact.
The added value – besides being naturally thick and creamy, it is more nutritious, delicious, and non-toxic.
This is quite unlike store-bought yogurt that is heavily processed at the cost of lost probiotics and nutrients. Most store bought yogurt is further treated with preservatives, chemicals and artificial flavors for increased shelf life, thereby reducing the nutrient value.
Some of the typical additives used in commercial yogurt making are thickeners like gelatin (glue made from animal bones), pectin (a bio-polymer acid, lab-made ingredient), powdered milk and artificial sweeteners. All this restrains its potential health benefits from reaching your body.
When creating MEC’s yogurt maker, the big challenge for us was this – could we incorporate features into the design to allow for the natural goodness of yogurt to materialize even when a person at home is making it? And we did meet that challenge. We put in some unique features to help you make the best yogurt time and time again. Here is confirmation from a customer’s experience:
“I love my medium MEC pot! I use it solely for making yogurt…about 2 times a week. After reading the instructions on the website, it couldn’t be easier to get in the habit of making each week. It’s inexpensive and easy; I love not having bought store bought yogurt in over a year…” – Julie Irwin
Also, what is equally awesome is that the pot is easy to clean afterwards. Here’s the secret to easy cleaning – swish water before pouring milk (water acts as a barrier and prevents milk from sticking). And did you know you can make homemade yogurt in 10 minutes hands-on? Here’s how:
Make Homemade Yogurt in 10-minutes Hands-on
Heat the milk on low-medium and only till you see bubbles on the surface. Turn stove off, open the lid and let it cool down for 30 mins or so, till you can put your little finger in the milk and hold it there for 5 secs. Add yogurt culture (avoid powdered yogurt starter) to the warm milk, stir thoroughly and set in the oven with the lid on and oven light on. Let it incubate for 6-8 hours and the yogurt is ready! Enjoy your finished yogurt in a small bowl, as plain yogurt, or topped with dried or fresh fruit and nuts.
You can use raw milk, pasteurized milk or whole milk, and if you are a vegan, you may go for non-dairy milk like coconut milk or almond milk. Skim milk is not recommended.
Making nutrient-rich, delicious and thicker yogurt without any additives was never this easy. It is a good source of minerals and is high in zinc (for cell growth and repair), calcium (for healthy bones), phosphorus (for bone strength and growth), potassium (for healthy muscles) and multiple B vitamins. And the best part – this plain yogurt tastes great without sweeteners!
Interested in trying that easy peasy creamy homemade yogurt recipe in your own clay pot? Head over to Miriams online store and order a yogurt maker pot today!
Want to do more with your homemade plain yogurt? Make yogurt milk mixture for a great summer drink – buttermilk – or add about a half cup water to 2 cups of yogurt and try these raita recipes, or yogurt mixtures with spices, herbs and in some cases vegetables, onions and more.
People May Ask
Is making your own yogurt worth it?
Absolutely, if you want to avoid those unhealthy additives, chemical preservatives and artificial sweeteners and want to eat non-toxic, nutrient-rich and naturally delicious yogurt instead, you must make yogurt at home. After making a few batches, you’ll have a stronger culture to use for your next batch, resulting in even better and healthier yogurt.