Making Homemade Greek & Regular Yogurt Using Different Methods

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Like you, I love yogurt. But after eleven years of milking cows, I've never made it until now. Why? Well, whenever I looked it up, it always seemed so intimidating. However, not anymore. With the world going crazy, I am more determined than ever to make everything we eat. As our family eats A LOT of yogurts, it was time to bite the bullet and add healthy homemade yogurt making to our list of homesteading essentials ;). Before we begin, let's hear from Laura Burak MS, RD, CDN, a registered dietitian and who received her Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science from Penn State University. Greek yogurt vs. regular yogurt: what are the differences between them? "Any plain yogurt is not only a great source of protein and calcium, but it's also convenient and easy to find in most stores, versatile in meals, and economical for the nutritional punch it provides," says Burak. "Greek yogurt, however, contains nearly triple the amount of protein as regular, due to the straining process, which results in a thicker consistency and more sour taste." That's why Greek yogurt has so much more protein than regular yogurt—it's more concentrated due to the absence of the whey. While Greek yogurt dominates regular yogurt in protein content, regular yogurt has more of an important bone-building mineral. "Plain, unstrained yogurt typically contains more calcium than Greek though, and is sometimes more palatable to my clients who aren't used to the thickness," Burak says. So, is one style of yogurt healthier for you than the other? Burak says that plain Greek yogurt and regular yogurt are both healthy choices, it just boils down to personal preference. "If my clients are looking for an easy way to incorporate a nice amount of protein into a snack or meal, I do recommend Greek first for its protein content, as more protein will slow digestion, control blood sugar, and increase satiety—and encourage them to doctor it up with fresh fruit and a sprinkle of nuts or granola," she says. "If they can't tolerate the sour taste, however, regular plain yogurt always works, too." Anything else people should know about the two types of yogurt? Burak says to be mindful of the added sugar varieties offered for both Greek yogurt and regular yogurt. Plain is the best version both for low sugar content and for the health of your body. "Also, it is important to note that eating yogurt with some fat, as in 2 to 4 percent or whole milk, will not only increase that satiety, or feeling of fullness, but it is so much more palatable than fat-free without adding significant calories," she says. "I love 2 percent plain Greek yogurt with fresh berries and a sprinkle of chopped walnuts." Now that you understand the different types of yogurt let's make some. How to Make Yogurt Using Easy Cuisinart Electric Yogurt Maker with Automatic Cooling One thing I've learned is yogurt making doesn't need to be hard. Currently, this is the method I use, and I love how easy it is! Fresh, homemade all-natural yogurt, custom-blended from your choice of ingredients. Ingredients 6 oz of yogurt culture. You can use your own once your first batch is made, but before that purchase, some online or simply scoop 6 oz of yogurt from your favorite brand you usually buy at the store.Four cups of whole milk. I use raw organic because we have milk cows, but you can use whatever kind you normally would buy. Directions Take a medium-sized bowl and mix your whole milk and yogurt culture with a whisk.Next, pour the mixture into the plastic BPA-free container provided by your Cuisinart yogurt machine.Plug your machine in and turn the time to 6, push start.When your machine starts to cool it will show a C on the screen. You can wait until it is finished or press the cancel button at this point and remove the plastic container placing it in your refrigerator.Serve when cool.Be sure to save 6 oz for the next batch before eating it all.

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