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Probiotic Tip #2: Yogourmet Yogurt

Now that you have had a week to get your SCOBY going from Probiotic Tip #1, it’s time to incorporate even more probiotics into life with homemade yogurt. What is with our grocery store yogurt STILL being effected by the low-fat craze from the 90’s? So many sweeteners and “natural flavors” are injected into our favorite brands to make the palatable for the SAD (Standard American Diet). And so much of the good fat found in the milk protein is extracted to keep fat and calorie counts down for uninformed consumers.

Why would you want cane syrup and chemical flavoring that makes me hungrier, instead of natural fat and protein that keeps you satiated for hours? You wouldn’t. So if you want to buy your yogurt, look for brands that sell full fat, plain, unsweetened yogurt at heath food stores (good luck). OR you could do what I do, below, the homesteading way!

Homestead Yogurt:

– Pour 1 litre of Whole Milk into a pot and heat to 180 degrees to remove lactose (useĀ  a thermometer and watch the milk to make sure it does not boil or curdle)

– Bring your yogurt back down to about 110 degrees and add your Yogourmet yogurt starter, mixing it in evenly to distribute the starter and create a creamy, smooth yogurt. I buy mine at Whole Foods, where it is much cheaper than the Amazon price.

– Pour mixture into Yogourmet Yogurt Maker, plug in, and let sit for 24 hours.

Now you’re ready to enjoy your healthy probiotic snack for any meal. Add a teaspoon of honey for great, natural flavoring.

Probiotic Tip #1: SCOBY Bryant For the Win!

SCOBY= symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast

A Scoby is used in the brewing of Kombucha Tea. They are surprisingly simple to create in the comfort of your own home, especially this time of year since they thrive in warm, damp, dark settings–Thanks 105 degrees with humidity! My Scoby formed at home in just over a week, and you can make one too by following these steps:

  1. Use a sterile- clean glass jar, such as these from Ikea that I love
  2. To your jar, add a bottle of store bought kombucha (or some tea borrowed from a reliable source)
  3. Brew some simple green (or black) tea and add 1 cup to your kombucha jar
  4. Sprinkle in sugar to speed up fermentation
  5. WAIT for this guy!IMG_0494

After you have your SCOBY and a Gallon Jar, you can make your own home batch of Kombucha and feel the probiotic magic happen in your gut!

Stay Tuned for Probiotic Tips #2 Homemade Yogurt and #3 Homemade Sauerkraut

(Credit to my friend Darren for naming the SCOBY)