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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

How To Make Homemade Dairy Free Yogurt With A Vegan Starter

 Making homemade yogurt is super simple and delicious. With this step-by-step recipe, you can even make dairy-free yogurt. Keep reading to discover how to make a batch of dairy-free yogurt.

 If you love the taste of yogurt but avoid dairy due to allergies or sensitivities, then you know how expensive dairy-free yogurt from the grocery store is. Those small little cups of vegan yogurt unfortunately are way more expensive than regular milk yogurt. Oh, the struggles of expensive prices when buying allergy-friendly food!

 Many years ago when I discovered that my severe asthma symptoms were caused by a dairy allergy, I also discovered the expensive food prices that came with buying dairy-free food. So I quickly learned how to make dairy-free recipes for my favorite foods. I was not going to let an allergy to dairy get in the way of my love for food.

 I quickly learned how easy it was to adapt my favorite recipes to dairy-free recipes. I learned how to make delicious dairy-free desserts like creamy dairy-free ice cream and dairy-free cookies. I loved that I did not have to pay the expensive prices for dairy-free desserts. 

Learning how to make dairy-free yogurt 

 The one dairy-free food item that I continued to buy was vegan yogurt as I thought making dairy-free yogurt would not be possible. Before my dairy allergy, I would make homemade yogurt with an electric blanket and I would use a yogurt starter that was made from milk. So I had no clue on how to make homemade dairy-free yogurt without a milk-based yogurt starter.

Then I discovered a vegan yogurt starter kit and I was able to make homemade dairy-free yogurt. The vegan yogurt kit made dairy-free yogurt-making so simple. The kit for making vegan yogurt came with a vegan yogurt starter culture and a couple other supplies for making yogurt. I just had to supply the plant-based milk. Having a nut milk maker means that I can whip up a batch of plant-based milk in minutes.

Dairy-Free Yogurt

+ Is Delicious

+ Is Vegan

+ Made from Plant-Based Milk

+ Is Allergy-Friendly

+ Is Creamy

+ Is Simple to Make

The Cultures for Health Vegan Yogurt Starter Kit makes delicious dairy-free yogurt and it comes with some yogurt-making supplies. You will need to supply plant-based milk and a yogurt maker. If you don't have a yogurt maker, you can use other appliances like an oven. Keep reading to discover other kitchen appliances that you can use to make homemade yogurt.

What You Need For The Dairy-Free Yogurt Recipe

Included in the kit

+ Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture

+ Thermometer

+ Nut Milk Bag

+ Pectin

What you need to supply

+ Additive-free non-dairy milk

+ Yogurt maker or a similar appliance 

The Vegan Yogurt Kit contains supplies to help you make thick dairy-free yogurt at home with almost any dairy-free milk like soy milk, coconut milk, oat milk, and more.

How to make dairy-free yogurt

1. Select your dairy-free milk. Nearly any non-dairy milk can be cultured into vegan yogurt, including legume, nut, seed, grain, or coconut milk. While store-bought boxed or canned milk may be used, I recommend using milk with as few additives as possible. Homemade milk works best, here are my recipes for homemade oat milk and almond milk from almond flour.

2. Add sugar to the milk. Vegan yogurt cultures require sugars for fermentation. Some types of alternative kinds of milk contain less sugar than dairy milk. When using unsweetened plant milk, you will need to add 2 teaspoons of sugar per cup of milk to ensure successful fermentation. 

3. Use pectin to make thick yogurt. While non-dairy milk will culture into a no-dairy yogurt, it usually will not set to a thick yogurt texture. Adding 2 teaspoons of pectin for every quart of dairy-free milk will solve that problem. Just add the pectin to one cup of non-dairy milk in the recipe. Then add this to the rest of the milk.

4. Heat the dairy-free milk to 140 F. Then remove the milk from the heat and let it cool to 110 F.

5. Add the Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture. Once the milk cools to 110 F, you will then add the Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture.

6. Pour the milk into the yogurt maker or other similar appliance. Let the mixture culture for 8 hours.

7. Remove and let yogurt sit for 2 hours at room temperature.

8. Place in refrigerator for 6 hours



 4 cups dairy-free milk - cashew milk, oat milk, or soy milk

2 teaspoons Pomona's Pectin Powder

2 teaspoons Pomona's Pectin Calcium Water (included with Pomona's Pectin)

1 packet Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture

Heat 1-2 quarts of non-dairy milk to 110°F.

Plant-based yogurt will generally not thicken on its own. To make a thicker yogurt, stir 2 teaspoons of calcium-activated pectin and calcium water into your milk and heat to 140 degrees. Cool to 110 degrees before adding the culture.

Add 1 packet of yogurt starter and mix thoroughly.

Pour the mixture into the culturing container.

Cover and culture at 108-110°F for approximately 6-8 hours in a yogurt maker or similar appliance.

After 8 hours, place a tight lid on the container and let cool for 2 hours at room temperature.

Refrigerate for at least 6 hours before eating.

The Cultures for Health Vegan Yogurt Starter Kit includes a Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture + Thermometer + Nut Milk Bag + Pectin + Calcium Water + Instructions to make vegan yogurt

What can I use if I don't have a yogurt maker?

 While a yogurt maker works best, you can also use any appliance that can be set to 105-112°F. This can be accomplished using other appliances, such as a food dehydrator or Instant Pot. Some ovens have a dehydrator setting which can be set to 110°F.

Buy the Cultures For Health Yogurt Starter Here

+ This vegan yogurt starter lets you create creamy, non-dairy vegan probiotic yogurt right at home.

+ Use this non-dairy vegan cultured yogurt starter with soy milk, coconut milk, or other non-dairy milk to make a smooth, mild yogurt that's miles better than store-bought.

+ The vegan yogurt culture contains 4 packets of starters. It is a direct-set culture - meaning each packet will only make one batch of vegan cultured yogurt.


AiringMyLaundry said...

I have never tried to make my own yogurt before. I need to! I bet I'd like it.

Marysa said...

That is so neat -- I did not know you could make your own yogurt, no less vegan yogurt. I like the idea of being able to make yogurt right at home.

Lavanda Michelle said...

I'm excited to give homemade dairy-free yogurt a try! It's amazing how simple and budget-friendly it can be to make allergy-friendly foods at home

Beautiful Touches said...

I'm intrigued by the idea of creating my own dairy-free yogurt at home. It would be a fun project to explore!

melissa cushing said...

I am so loving this and I want to try their sourdough starter kit too! These kits are amzing and the yogurt looks so good!

Christy G said...

I love yogurt but I would be so clueless on how to make it, even with dairy in it. I just buy yogurt when I want it.

Laura JL Books said...

I have made homemade yogurt my family loves it. And it is cost-effective as well. Making yogurt is so simple. And it last so long as well.

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