Making your own soy yogurt is very easy if you use the right ingredients. The production works in a similar way to classic yogurt. If you know these, you can also make oats, coconut, and other types of yogurt.
How to make your own soy yogurt
There are several ways to make your own soy yogurt. For the first variant, you need a yogurt maker, pure soy milk, and yogurt cultures. Make sure that no oil is added to the soy milk, otherwise, the yogurt production may not work.
- The yogurt cultures usually consist of up to five different strains of bacteria, which are also found in the human intestine. In addition, dietary fiber is added as food for the bacteria, for example, inulin.
- Mix the yogurt cultures with the soy milk at room temperature and pour the mixture into the yogurt maker. As a rule, 30 grams of yogurt cultures are mixed with 1 liter of milk.
- Use the device’s preparation specifications as a guide, as these may differ. There are yogurt makers that you put the mixture in and then turn on the machine. Other yogurt makers without electricity, on the other hand, are also filled with hot water in the outer shell. Heated milk is also required for some devices.
- How long it takes to make yogurt also depends on the device. Most yogurt makers need between 6 and 16 hours to make solid yogurt.
- Incidentally, instead of soy milk, you can also use other plant-based milk, such as oat milk or coconut milk. It is important that the milk contains fat, otherwise the yogurt will be too runny.
More ways to make soy yogurt
If you don’t have any yogurt cultures at hand, but still have soy yogurt in the fridge, you can use it to make yogurt. Instead of the 30 grams of cultures, add 200 grams of yogurt to 1 liter of milk and follow the instructions for the yogurt maker again.
- If you don’t have a yogurt maker at home, you can also make the soy yogurt yourself in the oven. You must be able to set this to a temperature of 50° C, as the yogurt cultures would die off at a higher temperature and would therefore no longer have any probiotic benefits.
- Set the oven to 50°C and meanwhile heat 1 liter of soy milk in a saucepan to 45°C.
- Then mix the yogurt cultures or 200 grams of finished yogurt with the heated milk and pour the mixture into a container suitable for the oven.
- Place the container on the middle oven shelf and leave the oven at 50° C for about 30 minutes. Then turn it off, but leave the jar in there untouched for another 8 to 10 hours.
- When the yogurt is firm enough, you can put it in the fridge for further storage and enjoyment.
- To make it even creamier, you can add inulin powder to the homemade soy yogurt. At the same time, you increase your dietary fiber intake and feed healthy intestinal bacteria.