YOGURT FAQ FROM ELAINE
Yogurt FAQ from Elaine
Why not just take some commercial yoghurt and give a further 24hrs fermentation to use up the lactose that is in it?
What happens if I leave it fermenting for too long?
I forgot to switch on my yoghurt maker will it be ok if I switch it on 8 hrs later?
At room temperature it will have started to ferment but at a much lower rate. Switch it on and ferment it for a full 24hrs and it should still be ok.
What happens if I use the yoghurt in cooking?
You will lose the probiotic benefit of the bacteria, because the heat from cooking will kill them.
What happens if I freeze the yoghurt?
You lose some, but not all of the probiotic benefit of the bacteria, because some of them will be killed in the freezing process.
What happens if I dehydrate the yoghurt?
You lose the probiotic benefit of the bacteria in it.
How long is yoghurt good for after you've fermented it?
It can last up to three weeks in the fridge, but the bacteria will remain active in it for two weeks at most.
Why can't I use the yoghurt I have made as a starter for the next batch?
"Yogourmet" yogurt starter has sucrose listed as an ingredient, is it okay to use?
Elaine says that the small amount of sucrose in the Yogourmet starter will not be a problem as it will all be consumed in the SCD™ 24 hr fermentation
What is the liquid left over from dripped yoghurt? is it whey?
Is there a maximum amount of yoghurt I can eat in one day?
Yes don't take more than 3 cups per day whether dripped or undripped.
The reason I put a "top" on yoghurt amount is because of the amount of one of the sugars of which lactose is composed: galactose. In other words, more than 3 cups would put stress on the liver to convert galactose to glucose and people with IBD don't need more stress on the liver. However, if you drip the yoghurt, you are getting rid of the watery part with the galactose so if you can eat 3 cups of dripped yoghurt per day (and I can't imagine why you would want that much), go ahead. Just remember that you are eating pure casein which is a very good protein but that would be an awful lot.
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