Thursday, 5 May 2011

SCD Yogurt

These detailed instructions will show you how to make SCD yogurt. For Followers of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet it is an important part of the diet in the initial stages. Please read the instructions on-line or in the book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet. As well as its use in savoury and sweet dishes, yogurt makes wonderful ice cream and can be dripped to make delicious cream cheese. You may be wondering what makes SCD yogurt different to regular shop bought yogurt?

  • SCD yogurt is fermented for 24 hours in order to make it lactose-free and therefore easier to digest
  • The bacteria cultures that are used to ferment the milk are restricted to specific ones which have been proven to be beneficial. These strains of probiotic bacteria are useful in displacing bad bacteria in the colon.

Items required to make yogurt are :
  • A Yogurt Maker (this one has a temperature control for the SCD/GAPS Diet)
  • A Bowl provided with yogurt maker 
  • Plastic spoon
  • Sterilising equipment - I use a cold water baby bottle steriliser and Milton tablets
  • A large stainless steel pan and lid
  • 1 litre whole milk - I use UHT or organic whole milk
  • Yogurt starter

Cleanliness is essential! Thoroughly wash your hands before touching any of the equipment and wipe down all surfaces with  a cleaner such as Dettox. Ensure that all the equipment is spotless.

Making the Yogurt

  • Boil some water in the pan for a few minutes, this sterilises the pan.
Sterilise the pan
  • Pour a litre of milk in the pan then bring it to the boil and let it simmer for 3 minutes.
Saucepan of milk to bring to the boil
  • Cool the milk down to room temperature.
  • Sterilise the bowl, lid and spoon.
  • Take the bowl and lid out of the steriliser - I pour boiling water into the bowl to rinse.
Bowl from yogurt maker sterilised
  • Spoon the yogurt starter into the bowl.
Spoon yogurt starter into the bowl of the yogurt maker
  • Pour a little of the milk onto the starter, stir then pour in the rest of the milk. Place the lid on the bowl.
Pour milk into the yogurt starter and stir
  • Plug in the yogurt maker, place bowl inside and leave it for 24 hours.
Yogurt maker for yogurt
  • After 24 hours, unplug the yogurt maker, take out the bowl and leave in the fridge overnight or for at least 8 hours.
SCD Yogurt


Tips
  • To cool the milk quickly, first let it cool in the pan for about ten minutes then place the pan in a bowl of cold water.
  • Try to find a pan with a straining lid. A while ago, I invested in a Meyer 5 Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set and I love the straining lids.
  • I use the Lakeland Yogurt Maker but they now sell one with a temperature control specifically for the SCD and GAPS Diet on Amazon so if you live in the UK and would like to find out more about it, click on the image below.
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32 comments:

  1. Wow, great tutorial on making excellent yogurt! I'd love it if you would add this to our Grain-Free Tuesdays bloghop, I keep the linky open all week so feel free to add it on days other than Tuesday. I also retweet and repost contributions as well :)

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  2. This looks great the SCD regimen is new to me I will have to look into it. Julie makes yogurt for us sometimes because we only consum raw dairy products and here in NYS the farmer is not allowed to make it into yogurt for you. She uses a recipe where the milk is kept under 107 degrees to keep many of the enzymes in tact.

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  3. Hi - I know this is an old post, but find your recipes great, and I was just wondering what yogurt starter you use? I am living in Ireland and can't find anything suitable, so I use a couple of spoons of a non-sweetened natural yogurt... Many thanks :-)

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    1. Thank you! A sheeps yogurt made by Woodlands is the only "legal" SCD yogurt starter but you would need to check with them if it still is and if you can get it in Ireland.

      You can also order a "legal" starter from Lucy's Kitchen Shop

      Have a lovely weekend!

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    2. Thank you so much! I haven't come across the Woodlands brand, but will contact then and find out their distributors in Ireland. I will also buy some of the legal started from Lucy's. Again, thanks for your help and all the wonderful recipes! It's fantastic finding such a great UK based site that helps so much with the SCD :-)

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    3. Thank you! If you need any more help just email me if you like (check my contact tab at the top). I ordered vitamins from Lucy years ago, she is very helpful!

      Good luck!

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  4. Are there any recipes that require the SCD yoghurt, that can be used to make things like: muffins/cakes/scones/biscuits/cookies/bread? I don't like eating yoghurt on its own...

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    1. Hi! On my blog there's the scones I mentioned to you as well as ice cream but there are a host of ways you can use it simply - in salad dressing, dips, smoothies, yogurt cheese. Disguise it with herbs, spices, fruit and use it in place of sour cream in recipes.

      If you google "SCD yogurt cake" or cookies or bread you will come across loads of suggestions for cakes etc.

      Sometimes it can take a while to get used to eating the yogurt but if you add banana, fruit, a bit of honey or add it to smoothies, it can improve the flavour so much.

      Good luck :)

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  5. Just wondering if you could use a crockpot/slowcooker to hold the yogurt container as I don't have a yogurt maker that's electric.Mine is a water bath type.

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    1. Hi Tanza

      I actually don't know since I've never tried it. You could try searching on-line to see if anyone has tried it.

      Good luck

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  6. Can I use this method for goats milk?

    If so, what specific thermometer could you recommend to make sure I don't overheat this milk?

    Thanks

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    1. Hi

      There is a good tutorial on making yogurt with goat's milk over at Empowered Sustenance -
      SCD Goats Milk Yogurt

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  7. Hi Vicky,

    I am planning to buy the Lakeland yoghurt maker...

    How much Woodlands Sheep Yoghurt do you use as a starter and what do you do with the rest of the Woodlands yoghurt?

    How long does the SCD yoghurt last before you need to throw it away?

    Can the yoghurt maker handle any type of milk including goats?

    I am planning to make 1L SCD yoghurt to last for 1 week. I will be taking about 70ml twice a day with lunch and dinner – should I transfer the freshly made 1L of SCD yoghurt into a 1L airtight glass container? And should I sterilise any equipment used to take out the yoghurt?

    Sorry for all the questions,

    And Happy Holidays!

    Alice

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    1. Hi Alice

      I use about 2 heaped tablespoons of yogurt - about half a normal small pot. The yogurt should be OK in the fridge according to the guidelines on the pot.
      Our yogurt lasts at least a week but usually gets eaten well before then.
      I use organic whole milk, semi-skinned doesn't work too well.
      I leave the yogurt in the pot in the fridge, you don't need to transfer it unless you prefer to store in glass.
      I always rinse a spoon in boiling water before I use it in the yogurt, I don't bother actually sterilising the spoon but if you want to store it in glass jars wash well and sterilise in the oven for about 30 minutes at about 180 degrees c.

      Hope that helps. Happy New Year!

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  8. Happy New Year Vicky!

    For the dairy component of your gluten free SCD scone recipe
    (http://glutenfreescdandveggie.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/grain-free-sultana-scones-gf-scd.html)

    Can Lakeland still make SCD yoghurt with 900ml (as requested in your recipe) and not 1 whole litre?

    Also in your recipe, you only wanted up to 100ml yoghurt cream - what do you do with the rest, and how long do they keep?

    For your recipe can a standard SCD yoghurt of up to 100ml be used in the recipe instead of the creamy version?

    Thanks

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    1. Yes you can make as much as you like.
      The yogurt cream can be dripped to make lovely cream cheese or just eaten with fruit.
      I imagine so, I just haven't tried it.

      You are welcome :)

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  9. Hi Vicky,

    To sterilise the yoghurt maker - is the Milton tablets needed or can you just boil the equipment like you do on the stainless steel pan?

    Thanks

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    1. I don't think you can boil the bowl, I rinse with boiling water after I've sterilised the bowl, I'm actually not sure, I wouldn't personally boil the plastic bowl.

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  10. Instead of a yoghurt starter can a couple of probiotic capsules of Biokult be used?

    Thanks

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    1. I actually don't know, that's something you may have to "google", sorry I haven't tried that.

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  11. Hi Vicky, I have started SCD today! Getting my head around it all is tricky. You say Yeo Valley yogurt isn't 'legal'...why?? It only contains cultures and nothing else?! I thought you could use 'normal yogurt' as a starter as long as it didn't contain sugar or anything else...help! Just made some with Yeo Valley. Does that mean I won't be able to eat it! So confused and fed up!

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  12. Hi Vicky, hope your doing ok, nice website setup. Just put in a batch of yogurt had not made any in a while, but I figure I should keep up on downing the yogurt, trying goats milk this time, just finished cleaning up a coconut, take me 30 minutes from shell to shred, and now going to make a loaf of almond bread, this is work. Your SCD ice cream recipes I will be checking out.

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    1. Thank you, yes I'm good! Hope the yogurt turns out well and I'm impressed with the coconut! Yes, it is hard work, I agree, but at least you know what you're eating, we make everything from scratch. Hope you enjoy the ice cream if you get around to making it, you've just reminded me that Summer is on its way - at last.

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  13. Hi Vicky

    I'm wondering does this yoghurt maker come with a timer so you can leave it on for 24 hrs ? It says up to 8 hrs on the information but presumably you have found a way to just put it on for 24 hrs otherwise it wouldn't be legal yoghurt ?
    Thanks for the info as I'm just starting on all this so want to be sure I get the right appliance !

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    1. No, there isn't a timer but I used to put it on at 8 in the evening and put it in the fridge at 8 the following evening, once I got into a routine, it was fine. You may find buying a thermometer useful because the maker does get a little hot. Occasionally we would switch it off for a while but we used it for 2 years and it definitely helped to heal so it must have been OK. People also use a dimmer switch to keep the temperature right, but we never bothered. Good luck

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  14. So the machine switched off after the 8 hours but you just left it in there 24 hrs with it off ? Is that what you mean ?

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    1. Hi The machine doesn't switch off on its own, it's a manual setting. I just left it on until I switched it off. Then I remove the bowl and and put it into the fridge overnight. At first I was worried that the bowl was hot when I took it out of the yogurt maker and that the temperature was too hot which is why I would switch it off for 10 minutes and then back on again (now and again) but since the yogurt was obviously making my son better, I stopped doing that and just left it to do its thing for 24 hours.

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  15. Hi Vicky
    Thank you for clarifying ! Thanks for your help. Glad it helped your son x

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    1. Thank you and you are most welcome, have a lovely day :)

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  16. Is it possible to make SCD yogurt with almond or cashew milk?

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    1. Yes, I believe it is though I've not made it. If you go to this page and scroll down, it explains how to make it http://scdwiki.com/index.php?title=Yogurt

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