Making Vegan Yogurt

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Vegan yogurt… omg. Pretty self-explanatory, and tasty.

Start with soy milk, I used fresh milk from my soy milk maker. You’ll also need some vegan starter culture, I got mine from Cultures for Health, and a way to heat it while it cultures; if you have a dehydrator they usually have a yogurt setting on them (Excalibur does for sure). At first I made a batch with just soy milk and culture, but it turned out pretty runny and didn’t set properly. Looking into it a little more I learned that vegan yogurts often don’t set without some kind of thickener, so I made a second batch using Pomona’s Universal Pectin (vegan!)

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Vegan Yogurt

3.5 – 4 cups soy milk
2 teaspoons Pomona’s Pectin Powder
2 teaspoons Pomona’s Pectin Calcium Water
1 packet Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture

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Add pectin powder to 1 cup of soy milk, blending in a blender until well combined and set aside.

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If you are using soy milk right out of the machine it will already be heated, if not heat the rest of the soy milk carefully to 140ºF. Once heated add the pectin/soy milk blend and calcium water (pictured below), then stir together and remove from heat.

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Allow to cool to about 110ºF, then add the yogurt starter and stir well. Pour into a clean jar and cover.

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Culture in an incubator/yogurt maker/dehydrator at 105ºF to 112ºF for 6-8 hours.

Once finished give it a stir then let it cool on the counter. Move to the fridge to set. Setting can take up to 24 hours.

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SO. This is actually quite a lot of fuss for a single container of yogurt, I’m not sure I will be doing it on a regular basis. The culture is also just one use only, dairy cultures can be grown and used long term but vegan ones are only available for one batch which is a drawback. If you are ok with a little dairy in your vegan yogurt you can use a dairy culture that can be used continuously, which would be cheaper long term. The package of culture I bought had 4 pouches in it (= 4 batches) and needs to be stored in the freezer. Including the making of the soy milk this is like a 2 day process though, haha. Is it worth it? Anyone else make vegan yogurt for themselves on the regular??

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