I finally got the ingredients together and the time to look up a recipe for coconut yogurt. The easiest part was finding the recipe actually. From what I read, there are some specifics.
- The thicker the yogurt you want, the more coconut water you leave out of the recipe. If you want it more runny, leave the water in the recipe.
- Coconut milk with guar gum helps create a smooth texture and prevents separation.
- probiotic is the culture you want to add, not prebiotic.
This is where I read most of the information I took in and the recipe I followed. This is the site where my culture comes from, so I followed the directions for how much culture to add. My culture is not a capsule, but liquid form.
To start, I picked a random can of coconut milk from the store. 3.48 for this brand. I picked it up before I found any recipes. I emptied the contents in a large ceramic bowl.
I whisked it up until smooth.
Added 20 ml of the liquid coconut culture and stirred it in well.
Next I poured the mixture into 2 250 ml jars. In one of them, I added a tsp of vanilla and stirred it in.
I cut some cheese cloth to size for the jar. Placed it on top and screwed on the ring to the jar.
I don’t really have a warm place to put the yogurt, but I thought on top of the dishwasher might be a good enough spot. some good long lasting warmth there. I put the jars in a milk carton for stability and wrapped a hand towel around them for insulation.
So, about 2 days later.
I let it sit on the counter 25 hours. Let it sit in the fridge 16 hours before I tried it.
The coconut separated. Heavy on top, watery on the bottom.
I tasted the top, not a fan. Really thick too. Not looking like the pictures in the link above!
I stirred it up to mix well. Very liquidy, not very pleasing.
So to me, this trial did not work out so well. It could be my spot on the counter was not warm enough. It could be not enough culture. It could be a wrong recipe? Maybe I need to remove the water from the heavy milk. Lots of the culture could be in the water part, not doing its job. I do have another can of coconut milk. Will try again, this time removing most of the water.
But maybe, I will not persue the coconut yogurt. A recent article stating how coconutmoil has a high content of saturated fats got me thinking about the coconut milk. 45% say. fat in one can. Where whole milk is 25%. So got to find a balance if I’m going non dairy with this one. So my question, if I choose not to use coconut milk, can I still use the coconut culture with a different “milk”? I’m thinking yes, but should find out.