Probiotics are essential to maintaining a healthy digestive tract. One of the main drawbacks of using antibiotics to fight infections is that they also kill all of the good bacteria that helps our body and keeps our immune system strong.
In addition to taking probiotics in the form of dietary supplements, many of the foods we eat have probiotics. Yogurt is filled with natural probiotics, here is a recipe I was given by a friend of mine for Greek yogurt, the entire process takes about 48 hours.
– 1 gallon of organic whole milk
– 1 8 oz container of room temperature unflavored yogurt that is not greek yogurt (I use Columbo)
1. In a large stockpot, bring the gallon of milk to a boil. Turn off the heat and wait until the milk cools down to room temperature. If you have one, use a cooking thermometer, but otherwise very carefully test it with your finger (this is how I do it but BE VERY CAREFUL! Don’t burn your fingers!) If you are testing it with your finger, you should be able to leave your finger in the mixture and count to 20 with no discomfort.
2. Stir in the yogurt. Cover the stock pot and leave it on the counter to sit overnight. By the next morning, the milk will have emulsified, giving it a thickening and consistency similar to yogurt. Separate the whey from the curds by straining the mixture into a colander lined with cheese cloth. Place it in the refrigerator and again let it sit overnight. You can dispose of the whey.
By the following morning, you will have a delicious and nutritious Greek-style yogurt waiting to be eaten for breakfast! Enjoy!
About the writer – Helen Chin Lui, she is a certified Reflexologist and a certified energy medicine practitioner. She is the owner of the Healing Place. If you would like to schedule a FREE consultation with Helen please call 508 359-6463.