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Organic SKYR Yoghurt Starter

Organic SKYR Yoghurt Starter

Organic SKYR Yoghurt Starter
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Organic Skyr Yoghurt Starter

If you’re looking for a low fat, high-protein source of fermented dairy, you’d do well choosing our organic skyr yoghurt starter. Skyr is an Icelandic dairy product, and it’s been a provision of Icelanders for nearly 1,000 years. Similar to Greek yoghurt, it is a thick and rich dairy product that is more similar in texture to creme fraiche or a soft cheese than it is yoghurt. High in protein and low in sugar and fat, skyr has quickly become a popular product on the supermarket shelves.

Traditionally skyr is made using a fairly complex method of heating milk to scalding point and then keeping it there for 15-20 minutes. Often rennet is also added. For the inexperienced, heating the milk this way can often lead to it burning and ruining the taste of the skyr. We have tried to simplify the method for making skyr with our organic skyr yoghurt starter culture. It will require a yoghurt maker, but results are consistent and still produce an excellent result. We hope you will love it as much as we do.

Allergens – Contains milk (cows).

Recommended activation date for culture:
1 year from the date of shipping. Best stored in the freezer if the product can not be activated on arrival.

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Instructions

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

If you have more than one fermenting food culture at home, we recommend that you keep them at least 1 metre apart from each other at all times. This is to stop cross contamination of the different cultures. If you are working with dairy in particular, this is very important. Please contact us is you require further assistance with fermenting more than one culture.

What to do once your Organic Certified Skyr Yoghurt Starter Culture arrives:

What equipment do I need?

A yoghurt maker or similar device capable of heating to 42 degrees.

What ingredients do I need?

  • Pasteurised milk. You can use semi skimmed or whole milk. The more fat content in the milk the thicker the skyr will become. Boil the milk before hand and then allow it too cool back down to room temperature. Never place your starter culture into hot milk. Always allow it to cool back down after boiling!

  • Organic skyr yoghurt starter culture.

Fermentation Process:

  • Fill a jug with 1000ml of milk (boil and cool the milk down beforehand).
  • Add the yoghurt starter to the milk and stir VERY well.
  • Add the mixture to your yoghurt maker jar/pots.
  • Heat the yoghurt for 10 hours. You may notice that the mixture has separated into curds and whey (thick white lumps surrounded by a yellowish liquid), this is normal and expected to happen.
  • If the yoghurt has not set after 10 hours. Leave it in the yoghurt maker longer. Keep checking on it every 2 hours if possible. In some instances, it can take up to 18 hours to fully set. Please be patient.
  • To strain to a skyr yoghurt consistency, set a fine sieve lined with cheesecloth, a coffee filter, or a plain white paper towel over a bowl and spoon the yoghurt into the sieve. Refrigerate and allow the liquid to drain off for 8-12 hours.
  • Ensure you keep back enough yoghurt each time you make it to re-culture the next batch. You will need roughly one tablespoon of the culture per 1000ml of milk. Always re-culture from fresh yoghurt no older than 7 days for the best results. This is a heirloom yoghurt that can be re-cultured indefinitely.
  • If you can’t eat your skyr yoghurt that day, it will keep in the refrigerator up to 7 days, and you can use it to reculture other batches during that time.

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FAQ

Flavourings:

Feel free to experiment with flavouring your yoghurt. The important thing to remember is to always remove enough yoghurt to reculture the next batch before you add any flavourings.

Do I have to use dairy milk?

This starter will only work with animal based milks. You can use goat, sheep and buffalo milk. It will not work with dairy free alternatives.

Can I use raw milk?

Yes you can. However we would still recommend you follow the activation process with boiled and then cooled pasteurised milk.

You do not need to boil the raw milk before use. However due to the high microbe and bacterial levels present in raw milk, the yoghurt starter will compete for dominance. This can lead to a thinner yoghurt overall.

Can I take a break from making yoghurt?

You can freeze the yoghurt for short periods of time (1-3 months). Beyond that the bacteria will start to decline.

You can also dehydrate the stater by pasting a thin layer onto parchment paper and leaving it to dry in a well ventilated area. Thermophilic yoghurts do not always cope well with dehydration and may not remain viable after.

Sadly neither of these methods are full proof and we can not guarantee they will always work. . The best way to preserve the bacteria in the starter it to use a freeze dry method which requires specialist equipment. 

Do I always need to boil the milk used beforehand?

We recommend that you do. Milk will contain naturally occurring colonies of microbes, which is why milk still spoils over time. Left at warm temperatures for long periods of time (in the yoghurt maker), these microbes compete for dominance with the bacteria in the yoghurt starter. This can often stop the starter from being able to do its job and lead to a thinner yoghurt overall.