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AllyH

Yoghurt & Whey

For those of you who make your own yoghurt...

I make yoghurt every week as we like to have it with muesli for breakfast..and because it is nicer than the bought stuff.. and I don't have to throw out the little pots.
We like it pretty thick so I strain it and end up with a fair amount of whey. Usually my husband will just drink it.. even though it doesn't look very appetising *. It is, as far as I know, pure protein and it would be a shame to waste it.
The current demand for greek yoghurt means that a huge amount of the stuff is wasted every week because the manufacturers don't know what to do with it.
Anyway, I read somewhere that you can use it in your baking when the recipe calls for buttermilk.
I tried it the other day in Paul Rankin recipe for soda farls. I thought I would be sure to notice a difference.. but I did not. They turned out just as they did normally and tasted especially lovely toasted with some of Delia's lemon curd which my son made at the weekend.
So, If you have some whey that you don't know what to do with maybe you could use it in your baking.

* It looks like a very generous urine sample !

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Queen of Puds

Yoghurt maker

I stuffed my yoghurt maker in the back of the cupboard because I just didn't like the taste of it - it was kinda slimy & quite sour.

I wondered if it was the recipe that I was using (it had skimmed milk powder in to thicken it) - but short of buying the mixes, which I didn't fancy, I just gave up. So as it sounds like you know what you're doing, what recipe do you use? And are there any tips you can share, apart from draining the stuff to make it more set? My OH will happily eat natural yoghurt regularly, & I do use it when I cook Indian food, but otherwise I'm afraid that I only like the flavoured stuff & wasn't sure whether I could turn home made yoghurt into anything palatable for me.

Aside from using the urine sample for bread, what else do you recommend doing with a litre of natural yoghurt?!?

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AllyH

Yoghurt

I got the recipe from a girl who was doing a 'year of slow cooking'. You can do a search on that and see what you think. I thought it was worth a try.. and have been making
it for ages now. I use my slow cooker and start off with a gallon of organic milk, then later add organic plain yoghurt and some dried organic milk powder to thicken it. I also let it strain through kitchen towel for the most of a day. Some people use gelatin as a thickening agent, but I wouldn't fancy that. I could tell you the timings I use, but that would probably be no use to you as I live at fairly high altitude and things boil at a lower temperature.. and take longer to cook.

I think that it is best to flavour yoghurt just when you are about to serve it. If you don't care for it plain, maybe you could stew some seasonal fruits. Rhubarb is very nice. Alternatively you could stir in some good fruit conserve. The jar I have in the fridge says a serving is a tablespoonful and 40 calories. I think a tea spoon would be plenty.

As for other uses..I use it in Indian cooking too. It is great for marinading chicken - when it has a runnier consistency.
I have also used it in baking. Recently my younger son made some
moist chocolate muffins to take into school. The recipe included half a cup of plain yoghurt and they were still very nice after two days. There are also sauces and dips
and frozen yoghurt.
I hope that was a bit helpful !

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violet eyes

homemade yoghurt

I've got a wide necked flask and a thermometer for making yoghurt. I haven't made any lately but your post has made me want to start again :o)

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AllyH

home made yoghurt

That's great Violet eyes. Thank you for letting me know.
Home made is best !
I thought that if the Bedouins can make yoghurt then so can I.
It is also nice to know that it is not full of artificial colours and preservatives and that the active cultures are good for the digestive system.

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Queen of Puds

Yoghurt

I might dig it out & give it a go again then - and try organic milk powder etc, to see if it improves the flavour. The straining sounds like it might help the texture too, so I'll have a bash. Worth one more try, anyway! Thanks, Ally.

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AllyH

Yoghurt

You are very welcome QoP.
I use organic milk products here because I don't really trust what is in the ordinary stuff. I think I'd probably buy the normal stuff in the UK.
In the US. cows are pumped full of goodness who know what.. hormones
and anti-biotics... so you just have to do what you can.

Please do report on how you get on.

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violet eyes

homemade yoghurt

I made mine the other day using 500ml full fat milk, tablespoon of dried skimmed milk powder and the same of organic bio yoghurt. After heating and cooling to the correct temperature left it overnight in my wide neck flask. Put in a plastic strainer over a bowl and left in fridge, again overnight. I have just tipped the very thick yoghurt into a bowl ready to eat tomorrow. I think we may eat it with either just a bit of honey or banana and honey or my OH likes ginger so maybe cut up some stem ginger. I might even mix the whole lot together.
But I do have almost half a pint of whey, not sure what to do with it.
Don't fancy drinking it but looking forward to the yoghurt.

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Yummy

Whey hey !!!!


" I made mine the other day using 500ml full fat milk, tablespoon of dried skimmed milk powder and the same of organic bio yoghurt. After heating and cooling to the correct temperature left it overnight in my wide neck flask. Put in a plastic strainer over a bowl and left in fridge, again overnight. I have just tipped the very thick yoghurt into a bowl ready to eat tomorrow. I think we may eat it with either just a bit of honey or banana and honey or my OH likes ginger so maybe cut up some stem ginger. I might even mix the whole lot together.
But I do have almost half a pint of whey, not sure what to do with it.
Don't fancy drinking it but looking forward to the yoghurt."


Could you make scones with it I wonder ??

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AllyH

Whey to go !

Hi V.E & Yummy

I think the whey would be fine in buttermilk scones. I'll need to give that a go myself.

We did Delia's Canadian buttermilk pancakes last Sunday, using whey
instead of buttermilk and they were very nice. The whey is a bit runnier than the buttermilk so a little less is required. I suppose you always have to look at your mixture anyway if the humidity varies where you live.

Enjoy your yoghurt !

Ally.

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violet eyes

whey

Hi AllyH and Yummy
Yes I think I will give scones a try. I should have sorted the yoghurt out yesterday as I made some cheese scones this morning, never mind, can't have too many scones can you? and making pancakes sounds a good idea. I could serve them stuffed them with a sauce mixed with veg. Thanks for the ideas :o)

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Yummy

Yoghurt and Whey


" Hi AllyH and Yummy
Yes I think I will give scones a try. I should have sorted the yoghurt out yesterday as I made some cheese scones this morning, never mind, can't have too many scones can you? and making pancakes sounds a good idea. I could serve them stuffed them with a sauce mixed with veg. Thanks for the ideas :o)"


And the scones freeze so well so give Delia's Feta Olive and Sun Dried Tomatoes one a go, be great to put aside for a Christmas nibble ~

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/cuisine/european/french/feta-olive-and-sun-dried-tomato-scones.html

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violet eyes

scones

What a coincidence as that's what I made but I didn't have any black olives. The recipe that I use isn't Delia's but it's almost the same. It uses half a pint of full cream milk which is where the whey would have come in handy. I make them often and put them in the freezer as it's the only way to stop eating them all in one day.
I'll just make plain cheese scones tomorrow.

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violet eyes

using up the whey

It was good to use the whey up instead of pouring it down the sink as I have done in the past.
The first lot went in cheese scones, added to an egg in place of milk and the rest was added to a cheese sauce. I couldn't taste the difference but it saved on the milk. Will add some to pancake mixture next time.

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Queen of Puds

Yoghurt

Made it today, gave it 8 hours, just taken it out & poured it into a colander lined with kitchen paper ... Hope that's what you meant Ally. Will report on progress tomorrow.

 
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