Since beginning the SCD for SIBO, Yogurt has become a part of my everyday life…not the commercial yogurt full of sugar, cornstarch and high fructose corn syrup. Homemade, probiotic rich organic yogurt.
This homemade yogurt is delicious and feels like a decadent treat with fresh fruit and a little honey drizzled over the top.
First, fill your crockpot with 1 gallon of Organic (preferably Raw) Milk...not ultrapasturized. You can use 2% or Whole milk but not skim milk.
Set the temperature on LOW for 2 and a half to 3 hours (mine takes 3 hours).
Check it at two and a half, if the temperature is not 180 degrees then put it on for another half hour and check again.
When the temperature of the milk reaches 180 degrees F, turn off the crockpot and set the timer for another 3 hours.
This is to allow the temperature to drop to 100 degrees..no higher than 110 before adding the starter. Higher temps will kill the beneficial bacteria in the starter. Watch this carefully!
When your temp reaches 100 degrees F, put one and a half cups of the warm milk in a bowl and add 1/2 cup of a good yogurt to the warm milk, stir until well blended.
Add the yogurt/milk mixture back to the crockpot, stir well, make sure you stir the entire pot so the yogurt starter is well blended.
Put the lid on the crockpot (temp is still OFF).
Say nighty-night and completely cover it up with a "blankie" or towel and let it sit for a total of 24 hours (measure the time from when you started making the yogurt to completely finished).
Don't peek! You will be tempted, all right but just once! At the end of 24 hours the lactose is consumed by the bacteria making this a lactose free yogurt and there for no longer a potential allergen or gut bomber.
You will be amazed when you look in the pot and it is YOGURT!! WOW!
Take out one cup and put in a jar marked "Starter" you will use this on your next batch of yogurt..you only need to buy a commercial yogurt starter every other batch.
Now the hard part. This picture is strained, Greek Yogurt, smooth thick and creamy.
If you just want regular slightly runny yogurt, it's done! Put it in jars in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
If you want Greek yogurt you must strain it. I put coffee filters in my small strainers to make cream cheese and lined the large strainers with several coffee filters. This did not work out too well, so make sure you pick up some cheese cloth from Bed Bath and Beyond or the grocery store.
Put the yogurt into the lined strainers.
For Greek Yogurt, 2 hours in the refrigerator, covered with a cloth.
For cream cheese, 6 hours-on the counter, covered with a cloth, after it becomes firm I put a jar lid and a can on top to push out more of the whey and make the cream cheese solid in a mold.
Look at the beautiful yogurt! Simple, delish and affordable.
Make sure your yogurt starter is organic, from non-treated cows.
For information on choosing the right commercial yogurt for starter see this page.
This is super important!
The cost? One gallon of milk which cost about $4.00 and 1 six ounce container of organic yogurt which cost $1.99 - total $5.99
The Yield: 4 cups of cream cheese and 7 cups of yogurt. If I were to buy 2 packages of organic cream cheese and 56 ounces of organic greek yogurt in 6 ounce containers (over 9 containers of yogurt) I would spend a minimum of $25.00. Who said healthy eating is expensive?
See the clear yellow liquid? That is the whey. "little miss muffet sat on her tuffet eating her curds and whey". It can be used in smoothies or as liquid in homemade bread, giving the bread a sourdough flavor.
UPDATED November 19, 2017
One of our readers, Jennifer, pointed out some things that were in my opinion "gray areas" with the SCD diet. However, her points were good and I thought it was important to update this recipe.
Some things to consider if you are on the SCD plan:
SCD recommend NO bifidus bacteria until you have been on the program for several months and seen improvement. In fact, they recommend you avoid yogurt of any kind for the first two weeks and just take an acidophilus probiotic.
While SCD recommends the bacteira s.thermophilus there is conflicting data. Research points to s.thermophilus as an agent in forming autoimmune disease.
It could be that the SCD lifestyle site recommends certain yogurts or starters; or possibly even sells one. However, remember things change in the food industry all the time, so what you can get today may not be available next month.