Yogurt is milk fermented by bacteria , its lactose is converted to lactic acid . This , which might seem a problem, is the real reason for its success . Success to share with Elie Metchnikoff , a scientist who first noticed the Ukrainian longevity of the inhabitants of some villages in Bulgaria , as well as discover the most important part of their yogurt bacterium , Bacillus bulgaricus . He lived up to 71 years consuming unspecified amount of yogurt. One of the people who have lived longer in modern times , a gentleman by the name of turkish Zaro Agha who when he died in 1934 , had between 157 and 164 years , the longevity attributed to the large amount of yogurt eaten in her life.
The French love each other deeply yogurt. Although it was founded in Barcelona , Danone, for 60 years headquartered in Paris, is the world’s largest producer of dairy products . From the middle of the last century to treat a number of digestive problems French doctors prescribe yogurt and the alleged beneficial effects continue to be trumpeted in supermarkets on television. Earlier this year, in order to avoid a penalty, Danone has retracted the alleged health benefits of its products Activia and Actimel . An embarrassing thing that has not , however, affected the French love of yogurt.
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A rare example of a product from Asian origins perceived as “our”, the yogurt is also a great success in Italy, where , following the example of what happened in the United States , were born thousands of Yogurt , often organized in chains that distribute yogurt ice-cream , touted as a less greasy to the ice cream.
My favorite yogurt , slightly acidic flavor and more stable than the other , is extracted from sheep’s milk. As a good Tuscan consider the biological missed Fabbrie The farm I always use when I cook .
The lassi, the raita and tzatziki are tasty international recipes with yoghurt that sooner or later we must try .
The lassi is a traditional drink Asian than expected mango yogurt , honey and cumin seeds, which if you want you can add salt or sugar. Good and refreshing, it is also an excellent source of protein. The raita is a typical side dish in Indian cuisine , which accompanies many spicy dishes . The ingredients are the yogurt of course, and many ortatggi as chopped onions, cucumbers eggplant. The tzatziki , usually eaten in Greece before the actual meal is prepared with yogurt, cucumbers and garlic. Which are aggiungonte herbs like dill and mint flavored olive oil .
Of course it is not mandatory to buy yogurt at the supermarket or retail store , you can do at home without any major problems . Even if you do not have the yoghurt . But before I leave you to the recipe, I want to ask what is the yogurt of your choice , if you’ve never prepared at home and how it went.
Homemade yogurt .
1 liter of fresh whole milk
2 tablespoons of plain yogurt white
1 pot with lid capacity of 3 liters
1 food container with airtight
1 knitted wool that do not use
1 - Heat the milk in a pot over low heat until it forms a thin layer on the surface of the cream. Let rest . The milk must reach a temperature of 40 degrees. If you have a cooking thermometer use it , otherwise try to hold your little finger in the milk for 10 seconds timed. If there burned the temperature is fine.
2 - Pour 2 tablespoons of yogurt into the food container of sealing , which will add a few tablespoons of milk filtered through a strainer.
3 - Stir to blend the mixture . In the meantime, turn on the oven , set the temperature at 50 °, but only for 1 minute. In this way the oven becomes warm , which will help to ferment the yogurt .
4 - Pour the remaining milk , stirring well.
5 - Cover the container with a tight fitting lid and place in the oven wrapped by knitted wool. Close the oven and wait 8 hours without doing anything.
6 - Open the oven , check the consistency of yogurt, must be compact , and immediately put it in the fridge. It will keep up to 15 days .