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Organic Viili Yoghurt Starter
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Organic Viili Yoghurt Starter

Viili yoghurt originates from Scandinavia. It is known as a mesophilic yoghurt; which simply means it can be cultured at room temperature. We take pride in the fact that we currently stock all 3 varieties of organic viili yoghurt starter.

So far over 15 strains of bacteria and yeasts have been found in viili yoghurt; making it one of the most active yoghurts available. As a source of bacteria, viili yoghurt comes a close second to the undisputed king; milk kefir.

The unique ability to ferment at room temperature makes viili an easy yoghurt to prepare at home! Just combine milk and our starter culture, and wait for the magic to happen. 

Organic Viili yoghurt (long strain)

Our long strain heirloom variety creates a very interesting, slime-like yoghurt that is very easy to make. It ferments milk quickly, creating a unique yoghurt that is as fun to make as it is to eat.  The slimy ropiness of viili yoghurt (long strain) is created by a specific strain of Lactobacillales called Lactococcus lactis subsp cremoris.

Organic Viili yoghurt (short strain)

Some people find the slime-like texture of viili yoghurt a little difficult to get along with. Our short strain does not contain Lactococcus lactis subsp cremoris; the bacteria responsible for its slime-like texture. Our short strain produces the same great taste of viili yoghurt with a texture much more like the type of yoghurt you would buy in the supermarket.

Organic Viili yoghurt (traditional)

Traditional viili yoghurt contains the surface-growing yeast-like fungus geotrichum candidum. It is often found in high numbers in types of cheese such as brie and camembert; which give them the characteristic thick skin. In viili, it often forms a furry/fuzzy like skin on top of the yoghurt. It’s presence also gives viili a nutty, cheese-like taste and a much thicker consistency. Traditionally, viili has also always been cultured in unhomogenised milk. A tradition we continue here at Freshly Fermented.

When viili yoghurt is over fermented, the geotrichum candidum contained in it does not survive. Over the years, where viili has often been recultured from over fermented batches, it has lost all of its geotrichum candidum content. We are proud to be able to offer the original viili, still traditionally made.

Allergens – Contains milk (cows).

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Instructions

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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 Viili Yoghurt Starter arrives:

Yoghurt starters are freeze dried and can be stored at room temperature until the activation date on the back of the packet. If you do not plan to activate the yoghurt before that date, it can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 years.

What equipment do I need?

A glass jar and a breathable cover such as a muslin cloth or paper towel.

What ingredients do I need?

Pasteurised whole milk

Activation Process:

To activate the organic viili yoghurt starter, boil 150ml of whole pasteurised milk and allow it to cool back to room temperature. We recommend boiling the milk for the activation stage so that any microbes in the milk are killed off, giving the starter the best chance of success, Put the milk into a jar (ideally 1 litre capacity). Place the sachet of freeze dried yoghurt into the milk and cover the jar to stop dust getting in. Do not cut off the airflow completely. A paper towel fastened with a rubber band works well. Leave it at room temperature for 24-72 hours until you notice that the milk has set. Then proceed with the steps listed below.

Fermentation Process:

  • Add 850ml of milk to the jar already containing the activated yoghurt from the step listed above. The milk can be cold and straight from the fridge.
  • Cover the jar again and leave it at room temperature for 12-48 hours until the yoghurt has set. The yoghurt is sensitive to temperature. The warmer it is, the faster it will set. During the summer, check the yoghurt every 12 hours. During the winter, it can take a couple of days to fully set.
  • Once set, place the organic viili yoghurt starter in the fridge to cool. The cooling process will help the yoghurt to thicken. Please note that mesophilic yoghurts never really get that thick and are often more suited as drinking style yoghurts.
  • Before you eat it, remove some to reculture the next batch. You want roughly one tablespoon of the yoghurt per 500ml of milk you wish to culture.
  • If you can’t eat all of the yoghurt that day, it will keep in the refrigerator for 7 days. You can use it to reculture other batches during that time.
  • Ensure you reculture the yoghurt at least once a week to keep it healthy and active.

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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 yoghurt will work great with any type of animal milk. This includes goats, sheep and buffalo milk.

In regards to milk alternatives,  all of our mesophilic yoghurt cultures will usually ferment anything with sugar in to some degree (soy milk, coconut milk etc). However, this weakens the yoghurt culture over time.

As one time batches most people find it works out just fine. NEVER try and reculture a new batch from a batch made with a milk alternative! Make one time batches only. ALWAYS make sure that you have a supply of animal milk cultured yoghurt as a backup. For this reason, this starter is not suitable as a vegan alternative.

People have different levels of success with milk alternatives and we can’t really offer any advice other than to experiment to see what you can get to work with your yoghurt starter.

Can I use raw milk?

Yes you can. However we would still recommend you follow the activation process with pasteurised milk. Another thing to note is that 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. Dehydrated starters can be kept in the freezer for a number of years without losing potency.

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