Thursday, October 28, 2010

Drinkable Yogurt Recipe

On our recent family visit to Ontario, Miss Kiki found a new love for Danino drinkable yogurt that her cousin drinks. Since we came back, she kept asking for the 'red' yogurt, referring to the cute little red slim Danino bottle. I don't mind giving them to her once in a while, but these are loaded with sugar and a bunch of other unnecessary stuff. What would be better than making your own yogurt, one that you know exactly what you put in it?

I already know how to make my own yogurt, now it's a matter of making it more attractive to a picky almost-2-year-old. So this is what I came up with....


It's a glass jar from one of her baby food that I collected, with a cute sticker and her name on it. The sticker is waterproof so it's perfect for a drinking jar. She is still able to drink it with a straw like the Danino, and her favourite pig is on it too! Anyhow, even without this particular sticker, any attractive 'thing' on it would work just as well.

Now here comes the recipe.

What you need

  • 1 large glass jar, make sure it's very clean
  • 2 cups of milk (I like 2%)
  • 1 small package of plain yogurt (about 100 ml), room temperature
  • NOTE: make sure that you use yogurt that contains LIVE culture, and not 'made with' live culture. There's a big difference!
The How To
  • Put your yogurt in the big jar
  • Pour in 1/3 cup of milk
  • Stir or shake well, until there are no more lumps
  • Mix in the rest of your milk
  • Stir or shake well
  • Cover the jar with its lid but make sure it's not closed tight. We don't want air pressure build-up inside.
  • Store in a warm place, I like to keep it on top of the refrigerator overnight.
  • Check in the morning. Your solution should now smell and taste like liquid plain yogurt.
Tips
  • If you want a thicker yogurt, you can add 1 tablespoon of powdered milk before you put the milk.
  • If you want to speed up the process, you can bring the milk to room temperature first, or even warm up the milk. Be careful though, you don't want it to be too hot or the cultures will die.
  • You can add flavouring by adding honey, jam, maple syrup, or vanilla extract and sugar. The option is endless!