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Yoghurt and Kefir

Coconut Yoghurt Recipe  (from Sheila, SCD Feb. 2001, UC 24yrs, PCOD 23 yrs (med & symptom free 2yrs) mom of Emily and Daniel)

1.5 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
3 cups water
2 tbsp honey (optional)
gelatin (optional)

Simmer coconut, water and honey for 5-15 minutes. Remove from heat, cool for ~ 5-15 minutes. Place in blender/food processor and carefully blend the mixture for 10-30 seconds (don't burn yourself!).  Strain coconut milk through a coarse (large)hole mesh strainer/sieve.  Next, run coconut milk through a fine (small) hole mesh strainer/sieve and ensure that all pulp has been removed. If necessary, run coconut milk through the strainer lined with a coffee filter or cheesecloth.  Put coconut milk in a pot and heat to ~180°F. Remove from heat and cool to about room temperature 20-25 °C (64-77 °F).  When cool add starter and place coconut milk in yogurt maker. When the temperature reaches 100°F, begin timing the yogurt for 8-12 hours.

Five minutes before removing the yogurt from the yogurt maker I dissolve one packet of gelatin in ~1/8 cup water (or reserved coconut milk) and then mix this gently into the coconut yogurt. Chill approximately 8 hours and enjoy.

  • Amount of yogurt starter.  For GiProstart: ~1/8 tsp for 1 quart/1 litre of coconut milk
  • For thicker coconut milk add extra coconut per amount water (eg. 2 cups coconut to 3 cups water)
  • I let the coconut yogurt ferment about 10 hours. It does not need to ferment for 24 hours since there is no lactose. If you use extra honey you may be able to let it go a little longer but when I let it run longer than 12 hours I didn't see any noticeable change in the acidity level so I stick with 2-3 tbsp of honey for ~ 2 cups of coconut milk.
  • After the first straining I add fresh water to the coconut pulp, simmer for 5 minutes then strain this second batch through the strainers. It is thinner than the first batch, so I don't use it for coconut yogurt but like to use it when making chai tea. The coconut pulp is then discarded ( I compost it).

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