Our digestive tracts are much more important to our overall health than many people realize. Beyond digesting our food and helping our bodies absorb the nutrients we need for survival, have shown that the bacteria that live in our guts are vital to both physical and mental health. Standard modern diets, however, don’t always promote health of gut flora. In fact, some diets actually disrupt the beneficial bacteria that live in our digestive tracts.
From taking a probiotic supplement, to removing processed sugars from your diet, to eating more yogurt, there are many ways to restore gut homeostasis. One of the simplest steps we can take to improve gut health is to eat more yogurt with live cultures.
And while there are many brands and flavors of yogurt available at your local supermarket, homemade yogurt is the gold standard for promoting gut health. , which can wreak havoc on bacterial flora. To ensure your yogurt is doing the best job possible in promoting healthy gut bacteria, it’s best to make it yourself, when possible.
Here are three recipes, using three different techniques, for making your own healthy and delicious yogurt.
Makes about 2 quarts yogurt
- 1/2 gallon milk — whole or 2% are best, but skim can also be used
- 1/2 cup commercial yogurt containing active cultures
- Equipment3 quart or larger Dutch oven or heavy saucepan with a lid
- Instant-read or candy thermometer (one that can clip to the side of the pan)
- Small measuring cup or small bowl
Check out the full step by step instructions, courtesy of The Kitchn.
Slow Cooker Yogurt
- What you'll need:
- Slow cooker
- Instant read thermometer
- 1 gallon whole milk
- 1 cup plain yogurt at room temperature, either from previous batch or store-bought. (**The yogurt must have live cultures in it to work. Check the ingredients to make sure they include l. bulgaricus and s. thermophilus.)
These step by step instructions from The Daring Gourmet are a breeze.
Instant Pot Yogurt
- 1 Gallon Milk (Whole, 2%, 1% or Fat Free)
- 2 Tablespoons (Yogurt made w/milk & live/active cultures only)
- (for saving "Starter")
This recipe from This Old Gal even includes tips on how to make your homemade yogurt Greek!
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