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Allergy Friendly Yogurt Starter?


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#1 michelle120773

Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:16 PM

Hi all

I have recently become the proud owner of an easiyo to make my own yogurt as my little one is dairy and soy intolerant.

I have found a good coconut milk recipe but am unsure of what to use as the starter.

The recipe is basically;

3-4 cups coconut milk (easy)
1-2 tsp of gelatin or 3 table spoons of tapioca flour
Starter

Can I use keffir?  Can anyone suggest anything else?

Thanks bunches

#2 FeralSchnitzel

Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:23 PM

It depends on how serious your LO's allergy is. Although most starters are grown in either a dairy or soy medium, the medium is almost completely removed from the culture before you get it and as a result there are only trace amounts of e medium left over. Fr most people this will be ok, but form people with a serious allergy this might be problematic.

The other alternatives you have are to use probiotic capsules (look for dairy and soy free ones), or else you might also be able to use a portion of a purchased coconut yoghurt (something like coyo) for a starter.

Good luck!

ETA - you could try water kefir granules but it will make a very thin yoghurt like drink, rather than a thicker yoghurt.

Edited by Schnitzelvonkrumb, 15 November 2012 - 04:24 PM.


#3 MiSS_E

Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:46 PM

The probiotic capsules I use as a starter are dairy free. They are blackmores brand, $30 for 90.

#4 michelle120773

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:49 AM

Thanks ladies,  

Schnitzelvonkrumb she has intolerances not allergies as such so perhaps the starters might be okay?

MISS_E I might try the probiotic capsules first and see what success we have there

Thanks again ladies

#5 MiSS_E

Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:56 AM

A tip when using probiotic capsules as starter it seems they are much more intolerant of slightly too much heat, probably because they are small granules and directly exposed to the milk. I am not sure how an easiyo works as I just make mine in a jar, but make sure you don't add the probiotics to milk that is too hot, 37c is optimal and they start dying at anything above that.




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