There are a number of heirloom yogurt cultures that culture at room temperature. These mesophilic yogurt cultures are WAY easier to make than heat set yogurt.
The final yogurt isn’t exactly like store bought yogurt. It’s like comparing a heirloom tomato with a store bought beefsteak tomato, they are both good, but they aren’t exactly the same.
Types of Mesophilic Yogurt
There are a number of different mesophilic yogurt cultures, each with their own unique flavour and consistency. They come from different regions, likely arising from local variations in bacteria and yeast.
Some more common types of yogurts are:
- Filmjolk: a thick, mild and cheesy yogurt from Nordic countries
- Matsoni: a slightly thick, sour and cheese yogurt from Caucasian countries
- Viili: a gelatinous, and mild product from also from Nordic countries
The hardest part about making mesophilic yogurt is finding the culture. If you don’t know anyone who has a culture to share, then you can always buy it online (affiliate link.)Print
Learn all about making yogurt using a room temperature yogurt culture. Matsoni yogurt is a thick and creamy yogurt that has a mild flavour. It is a delicious and probiotic culture that is easy to make at home.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2 cups 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Fermented
- Cuisine: Caucasus
- 2 cups milk
- 2 tbsp matsoni yogurt
- Combine milk and matsoni culture in a clean glass container.
- Leave it somewhere warm for 12-24 hours (until set). It prefers temperatures between 21-25 C (70-77 F), so stash it above the fridge or beside the hot water heater.
- When it has thickened, store in the refrigerator and eat within 1 month.
- Matsoni yogurt culture can be found online (affiliate link.) Once you have it you can keep reculturing it.
- Matsoni needs to be cultured at least once a week to keep a healthy strain.
- Matsoni is thickest when we eat it within the first two days after culturing. However, if you use too much culture or leave it on the counter for too long, the whey will separate. It’s still fine to eat, but it’s not as tasty.
- To make a thicker and creamier yogurt, you can heat the milk to 80 C (176 F) to denature the whey. Then cool the milk to 25 C (77 F) before stirring in the culture.
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