Yogurt Bread Machine Recipe
It is very easy to make yogurt at home contrary to the expectations of most people. Eating homemade yogurt will also save you from the sugar and additional chemical substances added to most store-bought yogurts and will be a very healthy alternative in your diet. Below will you find the details!
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Yogurt is a very nutritious and healthy food dating back to 5000 BC. Eating one bowl of yogurt everyday helps our digestive system perform well and supports bone and teeth structure of our body. However, most of the store bought yogurts have additional ingredients such as sugar, preservatives, thickener, etc. today and these substances limit yogurt’s ability to benefit our health. So, we should learn how to make naturally fermented yogurt at home to support our body with a healthy choice while avoiding undesirable harmful substances in our diet.
Health Benefits of Yogurt
Yogurt as a calcium source:
Yogurt is a rich calcium source having almost 250 mg calcium in a serving of 200 gram which is almost equal to one bowl of yogurt. Calcium is one of the essential nutrients that we need to take in everyday. It helps not only to improve and maintain the health of bones and teeth but it is also important for muscle control and blood circulation. The older we get the more calcium our body needs especially for physical strength.
Yogurt as a protein source:
Yogurt is also a very powerful protein source which is very beneficial on a weight-loss diet. Generally low-fat yogurt is recommended for weight-loss diets but even full fat yogurt is very useful for weight-loss because its calorie amount is very low considering its ability to help us beat hunger and keep us full longer.
Yogurt as a probiotics source:
Homemade yogurt is also rich in probiotics which are microorganisms necessary to improve our immune system. The yogurt making process which is bacterial fermentation of milk produces a great variety of probiotics in yogurt and these probiotics make us easily fight diseases boosting our immune system.
Yogurt as a main food of long-living people:
Yogurt is also known to be one of the main foods eaten by the famous long-living people of Asian steps. We still need more research to fully understand how yogurt relates to living longer but there are some findings about yogurt’s effects on cleaning our body from harmful substances and chemicals.
How to Make Yogurt at Home
Most people think that to make yogurt at home is not possible or very difficult at best. But, in fact, it is very possible and very simple and your bread maker will make it even simpler for you. You only need whole milk and a full fat Greek yogurt only for the first time because next time you will use your own homemade yogurt to trigger the fermentation. The recipe below explains how you can easily make yogurt at home using your bread maker.
On the other hand, if you don’t have a bread maker or you prefer to make yogurt in a larger bowl which cannot fit into the bread maker you can also use your kitchen oven for it. You will find how you can make yogurt in the kitchen oven just below the yogurt recipe for bread machine.
Once you learn how to make yogurt, make it your routine to eat one bowl of it for any two of breakfast, lunch or dinner and you will notice its benefits on your body very soon.
4 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon full fat Greek yogurt
Open the top cover of the bread machine, lift the handle of the bread pan vertically, and remove the pan from the machine pulling upward. Place the bread pan on your work surface. Make sure the pan is clean and both kneading paddles are in place.
Add the ingredients to the bread pan and stir it to mix the yogurt into the milk well.
Put the bread pan back in the bread machine pressing it down so that it clicks into place. Close the lid of the bread machine.
Plug the bread machine into an outlet and press the power button to turn the machine on.
Use the menu button to select program #10 which is for the yogurt cycle.
Press the start button to begin the yogurt cycle.
Once the yogurt is done, the countdown timer on the front of the machine will read 0:00 and the machine will beep, indicating that your yogurt is done. Open the lid and take the bread pan out the machine. You may need a pot holder at this point.
Cover and place the yogurt in the fridge for cooling. Enjoy once chilled!
RECIPE NOTE: Please be aware that you should not use the delay function for yogurt cycle since the milk can spoil if it stays in the room temperature long.
How to make yogurt in your kitchen oven
You can also make yogurt in your kitchen oven but you need to heat the milk up to 105-113 degrees Fahrenheit (41-45 degrees Celsius) beforehand. Then add 1 tablespoon of full fat Greek yogurt to the warm milk and stir it. Place the mixture in your kitchen oven, close the door and do not open it for at least five hours. After five hours, check if it is fermented or not. If it is fermented, put it in the fridge for cooling, but if it is not, then wait for another 3 hours. Yogurt fermentation process is affected by the environmental conditions a lot so you will find the correct temperature and duration for your circumstances as you gain experience.