Eating yogurt is a tasty way to get some health benefits. And just what are the health benefits of yogurt?
First off, your body needs to have a healthy amount of ”good” bacteria in the digestive tract, and many yogurts are made using active, good bacteria. One of the words you’ll be hearing more of in relation to yogurt is ”probiotics.” Probiotic, which literally means for life refers to living organisms that can result in a health benefit when eaten in adequate amounts.
You can buy your yogurt at the store, but then you have to deal with the trash, and the possibility of added, hidden aspertame. So, the best way to avoid both the trash and chemicals is to make your own Homemade Yogurt!
Making your own homemade yogurt is pretty simple. As a matter of fact, once you do it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it before! There are almost as many ways to make yogurt as there is granola, but today, I am going to show you how to make it with a dehydrator.
First, start off with milk. (duh!) Warm the milk gently in a pan until it reaches 145 degrees. You don’t want to leave it unattended during this time, as you will need to stir often to keep it from burning. Once it reaches that temp, turn off the heat and let the temp fall to 105 degrees.
Once it’s cooled, it will have formed a “skin” of sorts. Remove the skin, and feed it to the dog or cat.
Gently mix in your starter yogurt. I like to use this from Cultures for Health. We love our Greek Yogurt at my house, and this starter is awesome! It makes the yogurt nice and thick, and you can save some from each batch to start the next batch!
Pour into clean jars, and add a lid. Place the jars in the dehydrator for 8-10 hours on 115 degrees.