Info: 18 g Total (Makes 6L)
This product is temporarily unavailable from the manufacturer. If you're not lactose intolerant or averse to dairy products, Yogourmet also produces two more types of Yogurt Starter, including one With 3 Probiotics.
If you'd like to get the benefit of active bacterial cultures from a food source like yogurt but have a lactose intolerance or are allergic to milk, this is just the thing: a Non-Dairy yogurt starter, designed to work with soy beverages (especially the types in Tetra Paks, which can be stored at room temperature).
Make your own homemade yogurt! Each box of Yogourmet Non-Dairy Yogurt Starter contains six 3 gram packets - enough to make 6 litres of yogurt. (There are three 'sheets' in each box, with each sheet consisting of two packets, which can be detached from one another.)
Maltodextrin (non-GMO), active bacterial culture (L. bulgaricus, S. thermophilus). Freeze-Dried.
Suitable for vegans. No preservatives. Gluten-free.
Refrigeration is recommended for the box / unused packets prior to use, to preserve their active bacterial culture. This product has a good tolerance to temperature variance for shipping purposes, but shouldn't be exposed to extreme heat.
If using a shelf stable/non-refrigerated soy beverage in an aseptic Tetra Pak (UHT process) (which enables storage at room temperature), use 5 g of starter per litre of the soy beverage.
1) Heat 1 litre of soy beverage to 42-44C (108-112F) in a saucepan. Then pour that into a holding container.
2) Remove about 1 cup of that into a bowl; dissolve 3 grams of starter into it, and mix it well with a whisk. Then pour that back into the holding container with the rest of the heated beverage, and mix it in well.
3) Incubate 5 to 6 hours or possibly longer until the yogurt has reached the desired firmness, in a Yogourmet yogurt maker (or in a similar model, according to that model's instructions).
4) Refrigerate it to stop the incubation.
5) The completed yogurt made with the Yogourmet Non-Dairy freeze-dried yogurt starter will keep for 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
Yogourmet tested this starter with a variety of major soy milk brands and found they have different characteristics such as their sugar content affecting the results. To achieve the best results for each type, some just needed different incubation times, while others worked better with different temperatures, and some (Kirkland Signature Organic original fortified soy beverage) needed an additive (two teaspoons [2.88g] of Agar-Agar or else it's too soft ). Even so, they varied in taste, sweetness level, and firmness or consistence, even when the preparation method was optimized for each type.
They tested nine types in shelf-stable packages. The two rated with a Sweet Taste were:
President’s Choice brand organic low fat vanilla soy beverage (which had a less firm texture when prepared the standard way and incubated for 5.75 hours, but a normal texture when mixed at room temperature (23-25°C/73-77°F) and incubated for 8 hours [see below]).
"So Nice" brand fortified organic soy beverage low fat organic soy beverage, prepared by adding the yogurt starter directly to the soy beverage when it is at room temperature (23-25°C/73-77°F) and mixing well; and then incubating for 8 hours in the yogurt maker at 42-44°/108-112°F.
The 4 types whose results were reported as having a Firm Texture were:
- Edensoy brand: both their original organic soy beverage (whose results are also characterized as having a Mild Taste) and their unsweetened organic soy beverage, with both being prepared the standard way and incubated for 5 hours.
- 3 types prepared the non-standard way, starting with the liquid at room temperature (23-25°C/73-77°F) and mixing well; and then incubating in the yogurt maker at 42-44°/108-112°F:
- President’s Choice brand chocolate fortified organic soy beverage incubated for 6 hours; and,
- the Natura brand organic fortified soy beverage, both the original and the unsweetened versions, incubated for 8 and 7 to 8 hours, respectively. (The unsweetened result was characterized as "Nice and good – Smooth and firm".)
Yogourmet also found their starter worked with at least one refrigerated (rather than shelf stable) type: the "So Nice" brand fortified organic soy beverage, which they heated to 82°C/180°F and cooled to 42-44°C/108-112°F and incubated for 5.75 hours. They characterize it as having a mild taste and a less firm texture (i.e., somewhat creamy).
Allergen alert: This product is manufactured in a facility that manipulates products containing soy and milk.