More Yogurt

So I guess you have been wondering how the yogurt turned out?
We borrowed an esky and it made yogurt making much more convenient. I could put the ingredients into the Thermomix and snuggle up with a book then pop the yogurt mix into the thermo-server wrapped in towels and popped into the esky… toddle off to bed and there would be yogurt waiting for me the next morning. I would then chill and strain it and use the Greek yogurt for many things.
IMG_0181Bornhoffen is the next yogurt we tried. It has made a sourer yogurt that is very light on the “goaty” taste. It tastes goaty in your mouth but not when you have swallowed the food. It goes well in OJ shakes too, no “goaty “  flavour at all. Last night I used the Greek yogurt made on goat’s milk as a substitute for sour cream in beef stroganoff; it was once again delicious, and worked well as a substitute.
Honey liked 2nd goats yogurt with almonds and honey, we will try it with the 3rd this week. I think there will be a better contrast between the sharp flavour of the 3rd goat’s yogurt and the sweet honey.
IMG_0182I strained the remaining Bornhoffen yogurt, intending to make it “Greek Style” yogurt, but left it straining in the fridge for too long, hence when I remembered it at the end of the next day I had yogurt-cheese. So it did not get wasted, I decided to test the theory that it could replace Philly cheese in dips. It worked so Honey took some to work today to share with his friends and I am taking some to work tomorrow for our staff meeting. 1 kg with about a cup set aside for starting yogurt (I froze a couple of ¼ cups) made just over 400g of yogurt cheese and a glass of whey.
Having whey in the bread dough instead of water meant that I needed to make sure I put the cuts in the top of the loaves before cooking. It stopped them from cracking too much. Still made great pizza and even the cracked bread was still delicious. The slices on the top of tIMG_0183he mini loaf helped me to slice the bread more thinly this time round.
The dog loved the goats whey, there was one site saying it was good for all animals then after I gave him some and he gobbeled it down, I read another site saying not to give it to dogs, give it to your cats. The cats were not interested at first; I placed it beside their dry food. Then Honey’s flatmate cleaned their bowl… I’m not sure he realised it was “precious”. We have not tested it on plants yet, as Honey uses an aquaponics system to grow things.
We love yogurt-cheese as a substitute for butter, so I sliced and froze a lot of our butter to keep it from going off. Someday soon, however I am keen to try making my own butter and buttermilk from organic cream. Apparently you can save money if you can get it in the 2L bottles compared to buying a small block of organic butter from the supermarket.
I have some of yogurt 4 going in the Thermomix as we speak. This time I am using Coles brand natural yogurt. It was the 3rd most expensive to buy outright on the day I purchased starter yogurts. The yogurt is creamy in texture, thick, at least as sour as the Pauls yogurt and slightly powdery. 
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