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Foodie Knowledge: 7 Jar Yogurt Maker

Foodie Knowledge: 7 Jar Yogurt Maker

The Dash Yogurt Maker is the easiest way to make your own yogurt, right at home. You can make yogurt in an amazingly simple process, prep time for yogurt is just 10 minutes or less! Once prep is completed, the Dash 7 Jar Yogurt Maker makes fresh, homemade yogurt in just 8-12 hours.

Make a batch at night and you can enjoy your daily dose of protein-rich, probiotic goodness the very next morning. The best part is that you decide what goes into your yogurt – whether it’s made with organic milk, sweetened or flavored, just eaten au natural – or mix and match in each of the 7 – 8 oz. glass jars!

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To help you enjoy your 7 Jar Yogurt Maker to its full potential, we wanted to share some foodie knowledge! Here are some tips, tricks, facts, and recipes!

 

Why Eat Yogurt?

Yogurt is a great source of probiotics, which are good bacteria. Research suggests they assist in digestion, protect against bad bacteria and promote overall wellness. Making your own yogurt at home is a great way to make a yogurt full of probiotics!

Yogurt is a great source of protein without the high fat content found in many other sources of protein. Protein gives you the energy for a full and active life!

Studies have also linked yogurt to many health benefits including: reducing risk for high blood pressure, helping with gastrointestinal disorders, preventing osteoporosis, lowering cholesterol and aiding in weight loss.

 

What you need to know:

Yogurt makes yogurt! All yogurt starts out with the same basic ingredients; milk and a “starter” yogurt.

Milk – Any milk will work: whole, 2% or even skim! Yogurt made with reduced fat milk will make a thinner yogurt and take longer to cook, but it will have a lower fat content. Whole milk will give you the fullest yogurt flavor.

Starter yogurt – Very simple! Buy one serving container of any plain yogurt from the supermarket with active probiotics. You will only need a small amount and the yogurt that you make can be used as the starter for your next batch. Greek yogurt even works as a starter yogurt!

Not all yogurts contain the same ingredients: some contain more probiotics than others. The only yogurt that won’t work as your starter is a yogurt with flavoring or fruit in it or a liquid yogurt. The probiotics in the starter yogurt are what help turn the milk into yogurt!

 

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What is Greek Yogurt?

Greek yogurt has become extremely popular recently. You may be wondering, what exactly is Greek yogurt? I wanted to know the same thing when I first heard about it!  It’s just a thicker yogurt. Greek yogurt starts the same way as regular yogurt. The only difference between the two yogurts is that Greek yogurt has had the extra liquid (whey) strained off. This makes the Greek yogurt thicker.

Greek yogurt also has a higher protein content than other yogurts. It’s nearly double what regular yogurt contains. Greek yogurt also makes a perfect starter for making yogurt because it often contains a higher concentration of probiotics than regular yogurt.

 

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are “good bacteria”. Some research has shown they assist in digestion, protect against bad bacteria, and promote overall wellness. Probiotics occur naturally in many foods, but yogurt is a great source of probiotics!

Research has also shown that food such as yogurt can slow down the growth of of harmful bacteria as well as promote the growth of probiotics.

Yogurt contains the probiotic lactobacillus or bifidobacteria. These are primary probiotics for keeping a healthy balance in digestion. Studies have linked these probiotics found in yogurt to the easing of lactose intolerance and other digestion related issues.

Making your own yogurt at home is a wonderful way to make a yogurt full of probiotics!

 

Tools Needed to Make Your Own Yogurt:

  • Milk of your choice

  • Plain yogurt with probiotics (or a packet of freeze-dried starter culture)

  • (optional) any type of powdered milk

  • Thermometer

  • Whisk

  • The yogurt maker with included 7 glass jars

For Greek Yogurt, You’ll Also Need:

  • Filter (cheesecloth, coffee filter, paper towel, or kitchen towel)

  • Colander

  • Large bowl

 

Yogurt Making Tips

  • When choosing a yogurt for a starter, use a plain yogurt.

  • There are many ways to get the consistency that you like. Boiling the milk and/or mixing in powdered milk will help to make a yogurt with a thicker consistency.

  • If you are making Greek Yogurt, you can save the excess liquid (whey) and use it in various recipes. The whey can add extra protein to your breads and soups!

  • For the freshest flavors add any fruit or flavoring right before you eat the yogurt. You can also add the fruit or flavoring and refrigerate for later. Make sure to mix the fruit or flavoring in evenly to ensure the best flavor.

  • Do not save your yogurt in the refrigerator for more than 8-10 days. The yogurt is preservative free and fresh, so it will not have a long shelf life. You can freeze the yogurt to make it last longer.

  • You can use homemade yogurt as the starter for your next batch of yogurt. If you do use yogurt from a previous batch as a starter, ensure you don’t save it for too long. After a few days, the probiotics in the previous bach can weaken and could make a yogurt with too much of a liquid of a consistency. We recommend only using the previous batch as a starter only for 2-3 batches. Freezing your homemade starter can help make it last longer and prevent probiotics from weakening.

 

Making-Yogurt

Making Yogurt:

1. Start with 5 cups of milk and ½ cup of plain yogurt. Instead of plain yogurt, you can use 1 packet of freeze-dried starter culture (1 teaspoon).

2. Take the starter yogurt from the fridge so it has time to get closer to room temperature while you are preparing the milk.

3. To achieve the best results, bring the milk to a boil in a saucepan. Use a whisk to mix the milk occasionally. This helps to make a thicker yogurt. As a shortcut, instead of boiling the milk you can add 7 tablespoons of powdered milk to the liquid milk and achieve a similar result. For very thick yogurt, almost Greek Yogurt consistency, you can boil the milk and mix in the powdered milk.

Tip: The right consistency of Yogurt is a matter of personal preference. Try experimenting with different amounts of powdered milk to achieve a consistency that suits your taste.

4. Let the starter yogurt reach room temperature before mixing with milk. Let the milk cool to about 90-110℉ before mixing in the yogurt or freeze-dried starter culture. Turn your Yogurt Maker on so it has time to preheat, do this by setting the timer for one hour and pressing start. It will only need a few minutes to preheat.

5. Use a whisk to mix the starter yogurt with the milk until the consistency is smooth with no lumps of yogurt.

6. Pour the mixture into the jars so that they are filled to right below the threads. Place the Jars in the Yogurt Maker without the lids. Place the cover on the yogurt maker.

7. Push the button on the right (start/stop), to clear the preheat time. Push the button on the left (time) once for each hour you wish to add. Press the right button to start The Yogurt Maker. The “hr” will blink once and The Yogurt Maker has started. Set the timer based on the type of milk used

  • Whole Milk = 8 hours

  • 2% or 1% Milk = 10 hours

  • Skim Milk = 12 hours

8. Now you wait for the probiotics in the mixture to turn the milk into yogurt. We recommend setting the timer before leaving for work or going to bed.

9. When the timer finishes, the Yogurt Maker will turn off. Remove the cover slowly, because condensation forms during cooking. There may be a small amount of liquid (whey) on the top of the yogurt in the jars. This is normal. Stir the yogurt in each jar and screw on the lids. Put the jars in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. We recommend that you don’t save the yogurt more than 8-10 day.

10. Stir the yogurt before adding any flavoring. Add flavoring or fruits, but you may want to save ½ cup of unflavored yogurt, (about 1 jar) as the starter for your next batch of homemade yogurt.

11. Use the ½ cup of saved yogurt as the starter yogurt for your next batch of homemade yogurt. If you use yogurt from a previous batch as a starter, ensure you don’t save it for too long. After a few days the probiotics in the previous batch can weaken and could make a yogurt with too liquid of a consistency. We recommend only using the previous batch as a starter only for 2-3 more batches. You can freeze your homemade starter to make it last longer.

 

Making Greek Yogurt:

The only difference between regular yogurt and Greek yogurt is that Greek yogurt is thicker and has had the extra liquid filtered off. To filter the whey off you can use cheese cloth, paper towels, a kitchen towel or even a coffee filter. We recommend four layers of cheesecloth as it filters best.

1. Follow the steps above up to step 9.

2. Place a filter in a colander. To filter the whey off you can use cheesecloth, paper towels, a kitchen towel, or even a cloth filter. (We recommend four layers of cheesecloth).

3. Place the colander in the large bowl.

4. Pour the yogurt that you want to turn into Greek yogurt into the colander and place the colander in the bowl in the fridge.

5. In 2 hours remove the bowl from the fridge and pour out the liquid that has collected in it. You can also save the whey and us it in bread or soup recipes!

6. You can put the yogurt back in the empty jars or in a larger container. We recommend that you wash the jars before putting the yogurt back in them.

7. Refrigerate the yogurt for an additional 3 hours.

8. Now you have delicious homemade Greek yogurt!

9. Add any flavoring or fruits you like to the yogurt, but be sure to save ½ cup of plain Greek yogurt if you would like to use it as a starter for your next batch!

10. Use the ½ cup of saved yogurt as the starter yogurt for your next batch of homemade yogurt. If you use yogurt from a previous batch as a starter, ensure you don’t save it for too long. After a few days, the probiotics in the previous batch can weaken and could make a yogurt with with too liquid of a consistency. We recommend only using the previous batch as a starter only for 2-3 more batches. You can freeze your homemade starter to make it last longer.

 

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Recipes:

Here are some recipes for a single jar of yogurt. These are just some suggestions, so you should totally try experimenting with flavors to find your favorite!

 

Beginner recipes:

 

Honey-Yogurt

Honey Yogurt

Ingredients:
1 tbsp honey

Directions:
Mix ingredients with the yogurt you made, be sure to stir to evenly distribute the flavors!

 

Chocolate Yogurt

Ingredients:
1 ½ tablespoon chocolate syrup or 1 tbsp chocolate milk powder
1 tsp shaved chocolate, (optional)

Directions:
Mix syrup or chocolate milk powder with the yogurt you made, be sure to stir to evenly distribute the flavors! Top with shaved chocolate if wanted! Enjoy!

 

Raspberry Yogurt

Ingredients:
1 tbsp raspberry jam

Directions:
Mix ingredients with the yogurt you made, be sure to stir to evenly distribute the flavors!

 

Intermediate Recipes:

 

Peach-Yogurt

Peach Yogurt

Ingredients:
1 tbsp peach jam or 5 thin slices of peeled peach
2 tsp sugar or ½ dried peach half, chopped

Directions:
Thinly slice or peel the peach before mixing with the yogurt. If you are using the dried peach half chop finely before mixing with the yogurt.

Mix ingredients with the yogurt you made, be sure to stir to evenly distribute the flavors!

 

Banana Yogurt

Ingredients:
2 tbsp honey
⅓ cup chopped banana

Directions:
Peel and chop up the bananas before mixing with the yogurt.

Mix ingredients with the yogurt you made, be sure to stir to evenly distribute the flavors!

 

Be sure to share your yogurt creations with us on Instagram! Tag us (@unprocessyourfood), so we can see!