What Yogurt Makers Get Rid of Lactose
Imagine a yogurt that is lactose-free but tastes like one with full-fat dairy.
This would be the answer for the estimated 65 million Americans who are lactose intolerant. Yogurt’s popularity has exploded in recent years. With lactose-free yogurt, you might be getting a yogurt product made from cow’s milk, but its lactose has been removed. The main ingredients in these yogurts usually remain the same as their full-fat counterparts: live and active cultures, fruit or flavorings, and thickening agents, such as gelatin or food starch, which often provide most of the calories (or even fat).
It is what it sounds like; “lactose-free” means you’ve taken out lactose. Are you lactose intolerant yet want to enjoy yogurt? Below are steps on how you can make your own lactose-free yogurt.
What You’ll Need
You need a yogurt maker, a milk of your choice (2% fat is recommended), three tablespoons plain yogurt with live active cultures, and heat-resistant containers. If you don’t have these ingredients at home, find them in any grocery store.
Have the heat control low — no hotter than 95 degrees Fahrenheit or 35 degrees Celsius during heat setting. This will help to keep the culture alive. Pour one cup of milk into three individual bowls that will fit inside your refrigerator. Then pour the other two cups of milk into another bowl and whisk it well until the cream has blended completely with the whole milk.
Once stirred, place a small amount of this mixture inside each container for growing yogurt, and wait for about an hour or two.
Next, you’ll want to prepare the yogurt starter you’ll use to set your yogurt. If you don’t have this at home, purchase it from a health food store or any grocery that offers dairy products.
Yogurt Starter Ingredients
You’ll need full-fat plain yogurt, preferably with no added sugar. A pinch of active dry yeast and a pinch of granulated sugar, although this is optional. Mix all ingredients together and allow them to stay in a warm place. Check on it every hour until it forms a layer of white film — this means the bacteria are starting to grow! This will take about 5 hours to put it near a heater vent or on top of a hot water tank cover. It could take up to 8-10 hours if kept in the refrigerator.
After you’ve prepared the yogurt starter, you should pour the mixture into the yogurt maker. Turn it on and wait for yogurt to appear. This takes about 8 hours on average, but the time varies depending on which brand you use.
You can follow the same process to make soy or hemp yogurt. You can do this by adding flavorings like honey or cocoa powder when you mix your starter ingredients together. Soy milk also makes a delicious base for yogurt!
How easy is that? Not only will you impress all of your friends with homemade yogurt, but it’s also lactose-free.