We believe homemade yogurt to be an essential food for good gut health. Not only does homemade yogurt taste better, it has guaranteed strains of beneficial bacteria that support the native good bacteria in your digestive system.
The probiotic content of yogurt depends on a few factors – most importantly, the quality and quantity of the starter culture used. The Yogourmet ‘Probiotic’ starter (green packet) has five strains of probiotic bacteria in an air-tight, single-serve sachet, so you can easily make thick and creamy, gut loving, probiotic rich yogurt in your own kitchen.
The 'Probiotic' starter contains three traditional yogurt culture strains; L. bulgaricus, S. thermophilus, L. acidophilus (found in the Yogourmet 'Traditional' starter blend) plus two additional probiotic strains; Lactobacillus casei and Bifidobacterium (Bifidus) longum. L. casei to strengthen immune health and B. longum to promote regularity.
The temperature and time your yogurt is left to ferment matters too, but fortunately we have that covered for you. The digital timer and unique ‘water-bath’ technology in the Luvele range of yogurt makers make these two considerations failsafe. The unique combination of cultures can be incubated for a shorter time than our 24-hour SCD & GAPS yogurt recipe. Yogourmet recommends between 9 and 15 hours. The Luvele test kitchen has sampled homemade probiotic yogurt at 9 hours, 15 hours and even 24 hours and can't decide which we prefer. We recommend you experiment at home to find your preferred sweet spot. (or should we say, tart spot!). Nine hours produces a thick and smooth creamy (milkier) yogurt but leaving it longer increases the acidity and flavour. Please contact us and let us know what you prefer most.
If you’re unsure which milk to choose, click over to our guide to choosing the best milk for making yogurt.
Throughout our recipe blog posts, this cow’s milk yogurt method may be referred to as 24-hour yogurt, SCD yogurt or simply homemade yogurt. The steps are the same but the Yogourmet starter cultures used to make the yogurt and the fermentation time may be different. For more great yogurt making recipes, tips and trouble shooting advice click over to our yogurt basics page.
Before you begin it is important to sterilise the Luvele yogurt making glass jar, lid and any utensils you use, in hot water. The danger of not sterilising is that other bacteria may overpower your starter culture and affect the quality of your yogurt.
1. Measure Quantity
Measure the appropriate quantity of milk to fill your Luvele yogurt maker and pour into a large, clean saucepan.
2. Heat and hold the milk at 82° C (180° F)
Use a thermometer. Note, as you become more confident with heating milk to make yogurt you will be able to judge when the milk is nearing 82° C (180° F) because it will begin to swell and rise in the pot (just before it simmers). Hold the heat at this temperature for anywhere between 2 - 10 minutes. The longer the better. Holding the milk at this high temperature allows the milk proteins to denature which thickens the yogurt.
Tip: It can be a challenge to hold the milk at a high temperature for so long. Don’t get too caught up on the precise temperature. If the milk accidentally simmers briefly, don’t panic – reduce the heat and continue. Use a wok ring (or something similar) to create a distance between the flame and pot or use a double boiler pot filled with boiling water.
3. Cover the milk & let cool to below 42° C (107° F)
It is fine if the milk cools down well below 42° or even goes cold, it just mustn't be too hot. Temperatures above 43° C will kill the starter culture. The perfect temperature range for making yogurt is between 36° C (97° F) and 42° C (107° F). Tip: You can actively cool it by filling a sink, or bowl with cold water and setting the pot of heated milk in the cold water.
As the milk cools a layer of skin will form on the yogurt. Some homemade yoghurt recipes recommend taking this off. There is no harm leaving it in though. It does not produce lumpy yoghurt. NOTE: If you are using unhomogenised milk, the skin will include the cream, which is divine. You don't want to miss out on this!
4. Add the starter culture and gently whisk it in.
Tear open one 5 gram packet of Yogourmet 'Probiotic' yogurt starter culture and pour it into the milk while whisking so that the grains of culture are evenly dispersed.
5. Pour the milk into the yogurt making glass jar and put the lid firmly on.
Place the glass yogurt jar into your yogurt maker.
6. Pour water slowly into the base.
The water must not be filled over the ‘tall line’ indicated on the inside wall of the maker.
7. Place the cover lid on top.
The milk is now ready to begin fermentation.
8. Set the time & temperature.
Use the digital control panel to set the temperature to 38° C (100° F), the time to between 9-24 hours and then press ‘confirm’ to begin incubation.
9. When fermentation is complete.
Condensation will have collected under the cover lid. Please take care removing it and allow the water to drip into the water bath, instead of your bench!
10. Switch the yogurt maker off and remove the yogurt jar.
Straight from the maker the yogurt will be runny and warm. NOTE: Depending on the milk you used, there may be a layer of yellow cream on top of the yogurt.
11. Place the jar in the fridge for at least 6 hours to chill and set.
Be gentle with the warm yogurt and don’t stir it or else it won’t set in a perfect white mass.