Anyone used to regular yogurt will probably wonder what vegan yogurt tastes like knowing that it is unsweetened and devoid of animal milk. As for why you’re here, you might also be wondering how to make vegan yogurt specifically.
If you do not have a yogurt preparing machine, you might want to throw your hands up in awry, but this will be unnecessary as a couple of options exist for making your desired yogurt. Since I am a fan of the cooler method in warming up yogurt, that’s what I stick to in my recipe on how to make vegan yogurt.
When preparing your vegan yogurt, you’ll need non-dairy milk. Probiotic cultures are required as well, or you decide to use the vegan yogurt starter in its place or alongside. The preparation process is what needs attention most as this will affect how well your mix turns out when you have completed the outlined process.
Let us dive in into how to go about making vegan yogurt for your tasting pleasure and enjoyment:
What You’ll Need
- A quart of almond unsweetened soy or silk soy milk.
- Instant Thermometer.
- Encapsulated Probiotic cultures (containing Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus or use vegan yogurt starter ( use once-off).
- Your probiotic is advisedly going to be a strong one and is deemed alive enough to have the desired impact on your cultures. An active vegan probiotic that can stand being in the fridge is good enough. Any rating from 50 to 100 billion – This flora potency is recommended to give you the desired results.
- A yogurt starter is an optional ingredient but helps to work out the yogurt mix.
- A glass container (large enough for your yogurt culture) Wide quart mason jars are okay for you to use.
- A non-heat conductor container for hot water.
- Insulated cooler.
- One or two towels.
The preparation time is 12 hours, while the cooking time is also 12 hours. Depending on your desired taste, your cooking time may be a little more, but never less.
1. Setting Your Cooler
Place your coolers in place and drop a towel inside with a capacity to cradle your container as you set the yogurt in. There should be room for a second container to hold the prescribed hot water.
2. Boiling Your Water
Get a pot to boil water provided it is enough to fill your container, when it shows signs of boiling, empty it into a container placed inside the cooler. Make sure the cooler is closed to entrap the heat as it is released.
3. The Non-Dairy Milk Mix
Your unsweetened soy milk or the almond milk should be measured in a quart and emptied to into the pot set on a boiler. Make sure you turn up the till it is at the medium level. To avoid scorching your milk, make sure you stir often.
4. The Temperature Gauge
The use of a temperature gauge is a significant step as the wrong temperature could cause catastrophe for taste. Use your temperature gauge and make sure it sets at 110 degrees and if it is beyond, wait a while for it to cool down to this threshold. The caution is for it not to get overheated and kill the live culture that is indispensable for your vegan yogurt coming to life.
5. Preparing the Probiotic Culture
The probiotic cultures should be opened up from their capsules and have they whisked in the warm almond or soy milk. Every batch of almond milk you prepare should contain up to 50 billion cultures which translate to one or more capsules.
6. Cooling the Yogurt
Get a lid and cover the yogurt under preparation and transfer into a cooler. Make sure it is closed and put out of glare where it won’t be interrupted.
7. Setting the Timer
Your timer should be set for 6 -12-hour interval. Each time you create this delicious masterpiece, you can experiment with this time, but we recommend on the higher end of the interval spectrum, between 8 and 12 hours. Doing so gives the yogurt a powerful taste that it requires.
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8. Checking the Culture
After the time elapses, check your culture by gently lifting it out of the cooler. Close back the cooler and take off the lid of your culture. Just check on it after every 2 hours to see if it is still liquid or has taken on the dense yogurt form. Some cultures might take up to 12 hours, so don’t get worked up! If it tastes great and has the sour aroma you’re aiming for, then it is optimal.
9. Refrigerating the Mix
The refrigeration step is next, and it is advisable to do so for several hours. Doing this has an impact on its taste and flavor. Premature removal from the refrigerator may cause a flat taste that lacks the pizzazz is needs.
10. Thickening the Yogurt
To get thicker yogurt, use a strainer with a nut milk bag or over a colander, with a cheese cloth. Some use tea towels that are lint-free.
The whey strained off from cooking to add a sour strain to your waffles or pancakes. An alternative use to the whey strained could add a tang of sourness to your waffles or pancakes. Contrary to popular belief, a vegan yogurt and pancake breakfast is not only delicious, but it’s nutritious.
11. Fine-tuning Process
If the yogurt does not come across as expected, you can add a half teaspoon of agar powder in every quart of yogurt created. For a couple of minutes, bring it to a simmer. A quick approach is to use a cup of culture and have it stirred to a mix with the other three cups of culture alongside the agar that is already simmered to a liquid state.
Let’s Make Your Vegan Yogurt!
If you end up patiently following the process above as I have laid out for you, you are sure to get a yummy tasting vegan yogurt. You’ll never wonder how to make vegan yogurt again, and this recipe allows you a taste of yogurt that beats any non-vegan yogurt out there.
The recipe is quite simple to follow, and the ingredients are available at the local grocery store next to you. Since I learned to make this tasty vegan yogurt with my preferred almond milk mix, I have watched as different taste buds relished it over the years. You no longer have to worry about how to make vegan yogurt, and you should share amongst your friends in case they want to try out a new eating lifestyle that’s beneficial to not only animals but humans, too.
My delight will be in knowing that you successfully followed the outlined process on how to make vegan yogurt delicacy with no misses. Don’t forget to share this page to your social networks and let your friends know how well you have learned this recipe and how it felt tasting it.
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