By: +Katie Kaleita, writer for Vitacost.com
Greek style, fruit on the bottom, low sugar, fat free – the supermarket is stocked with many different varieties of yogurt. But for those who have an allergy or sensitivity to dairy, yogurt is usually a no-no. If you’ve been missing out, why not make your own dairy-free yogurt at home?
Here’s a quick & simple recipe for homemade soy yogurt:
- 5 cups organic sweetened soymilk
- 1/2 cup plain, unflavored dairy-free soy yogurt with live cultures, OR 1/2 packet of dairy-free yogurt culture
Tools (be sure to sterilize all tools before and after using them):
- Crock pot
- Several jars with lids
- Set aside ½ cup of soymilk.
- In saucepan, heat 4 ½ cups of soymilk to 180 deg F or bring to a boil. Let it cool to 110-115 deg F, stirring continuously.
- Dissolve starter (dairy-free yogurt culture OR 1 cup plain soy yogurt with active cultures – be sure it’s room temperature) into ½ cup of lukewarm soymilk to make a paste, then add to rest of milk. Mix well.
- Add mixture to sterilized glass jars, cover and place into crock pot. (You may want to place jars on top of a cloth so they’re not sitting directly on the heating element.)
- Incubate 8-10 hours in crock pot on “warm” setting, or until yogurt has reached the desired firmness and taste.
- Refrigerate for 12 hours.
Tip: If your yogurt is too runny, next time mix your soymilk with ¼ cup tapioca starch and ¾ tsp agar flakes before heating.
Enjoy your dairy-free homemade soy yogurt with fruit, or in a dessert, dressing or dip – the possibilities are endless!
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