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 yogurt, is a dairy product produced by bacterial fermentation of
milk. Fermentation of lactose produces lactic acid, which acts on
milk protein to give yoghurt its texture and its characteristic
tang. Dairy yoghurt is produced using a culture of Lactobacillus
delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus and Streptococcus salivarius
subsp. thermophilus bacteria. The milk is heated to about 80°C
to kill any undesirable bacteria and to change the milk proteins
so that they set together rather than form curds. It is then cooled
to about 45°C. The bacteria culture is added, and this
temperature is maintained for 4 to 7 hours for fermentation. Soy
yoghurt, a non-dairy yoghurt alternative, is made from soy milk.
People have been making and eating yogurt for at least 5,400
years. Today, it is a common food item throughout the world. A
nutritious food with unique health benefits, it is rich in protein,
calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12.
There is evidence of cultured milk products being produced as
food for at least 4,500 years. The earliest yoghurts were
probably spontaneously fermented by wild bacteria
Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus native to and named
after Bulgaria.[6]
The oldest writings mentioning yogurt are attributed to Pliny the
Elder, who remarked that certain nomadic tribes knew how "to
thicken the milk into a substance with an agreeable acidity".[7]
The use of yoghurt by medieval Turks is recorded in the books
Diwan Lughat al-Turk by Mahmud Kashgari and Kutadgu Bilig
by Yusuf Has Hajib written in the 11th century. Both texts
mention the word "yoghurt" in different sections and describe its
use by nomadic Turks. An early account of a European
encounter with yoghurt occurs in French clinical history: Francis
I suffered from a severe diarrhoea which no French doctor could
cure. His ally Suleiman the Magnificent sent a doctor, who
allegedly cured the patient with yoghurt.

Until the 1900s, yoghurt was a staple in diets of people in the
Russian Empire (and especially Central Asia and the Caucasus),
Western Asia, South Eastern Europe/Balkans, Central Europe,
and India. Stamen Grigorov (1878–1945), a Bulgarian student of
medicine in Geneva, first examined the microflora of the
Bulgarian yoghurt. In 1905 he described it as consisting of a
spherical and a rod-like lactic acid bacteria. In 1907 the rod-like
bacteria was called Lactobacillus bulgaricus (now Lactobacillus
delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus). The Russian Nobel laureate
biologist Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov, from the Institut Pasteur in
Paris, was influenced by Grigorov's work and hypothesised that
regular consumption of yoghurt was responsible for the
unusually long lifespans of Bulgarian peasants. Believing
Lactobacillus to be essential for good health, Mechnikov
worked to popularise yoghurt as a foodstuff throughout Europe.
A Sephardic Jewish entrepreneur named Isaac Carasso
industrialized the production of yoghurt. In 1919, Carasso, who
was from Ottoman Salonika, started a small yoghurt business in
Barcelona and named the business Danone ("little Daniel") after
his son. The brand later expanded to the United States under an
Americanised version of the name: Dannon.

Yoghurt with added fruit jam was patented in 1933 by the
Radlická Mlékárna dairy in Prague.[12] It was introduced to the
United States in 1947, by Dannon.
Yoghurt was first introduced to the United States by Armenian
immigrants Sarkis and Rose Colombosian, who started
"Colombo and Sons Creamery" in Andover, Massachusetts in
1929. Colombo Yogurt was originally delivered around New
England in a horse-drawn wagon i

    Nutritional value per 100 g
             (3.5 oz)

        Energy          257 kJ
                        (61 kcal)

    Carbohydrates       4.7 g

        Sugars          4.7 g (*)

          Fat           3.3 g

       saturated        2.1 g

   monounsaturated 0.9 g

        Protein         3.5 g

 Vitamin A equiv.       27 μg (3%)

 Riboflavin (Vit. B2)   0.14 mg

 Calcium                121 mg

   (*) Lactose content diminishes
           during storage.
   Percentages are relative to US
    recommendations for adults.
  Source: USDA Nutrient database

Nutritional value and health benefits

Yoghurt is nutritionally rich in protein, calcium, riboflavin,
vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. It has nutritional benefits beyond
those of milk. People who are moderately lactose-intolerant can
enjoy yoghurt without ill effects, because much of the lactose in
the milk precursor is converted to lactic acid by the bacterial
Yoghurt also has medical uses, in particular for a variety of
gastrointestinal conditions and in preventing antibiotic-
associated diarrhea. One study suggests that eating yoghurt
containing L. acidophilus helps prevent vulvovaginal
candidiasis, though the evidence is not conclusive.
How to Make Yogurt.

 1.Heat milk to 185F (85C). Using two pots that fit inside one
 another, create a double boiler or water jacket effect. This will
 prevent your milk from burning, and you should only have to
 stir it occasionally. If you cannot do this, and must heat the
 milk directly, be sure to monitor it constantly, stirring all the
 while. If you do not have a thermometer, 185F (85C) is the
 temperature at which milk starts to froth.

   2.Cool the milk to 110F(43C). The best way to achieve
   this is with a cold water bath. This will quickly and evenly
   lower the temperature, and requires only occasional
   stirring. If cooling at room temperature or in the
   refrigerator, you must stir more frequently. Don't proceed
   until the milk is below 120F(49C), and don't allow it to go
   below 90F (32C). 110F (43C) is optimal.

   3.Warm the starter. Let the starter yogurt sit at room
   temperature while you are waiting for the milk to cool. This
   will prevent it from being too cold when you add it in.
   4.Add nonfat dry milk, if desired. Adding about 1/4 cup to
   1/2 cup nonfat dry milk at thistime will increase the
   nutritional content of the yogurt. The yogurt will also
thicken more easily. This is especially helpful if you are
using nonfat milk.

5.Add the starter. Add 2 tablespoons of the existing
yogurt, or add the freeze-dried bacteria.

 6.Put the mixture in containers. Pour your milk into a clean
container or containers. Covereach one tightly with a lid or
plastic wrap.

7.Allow the yogurt bacteria to incubate. Keep the yogurt
warm and still to encourage bacteria growth, while keeping
the temperature as close to 100F (38C) as possible. An
oven with a pilot light is one option; see Tips for others.
After seven hours you will have a custard-like texture, a
cheesy odor, and possible some greenish liquid on top. This
is exactly what you want. The longer you let it sit beyond
seven hours, the thicker and more tangy it will become.

8.Refrigerate the yogurt. Place the yogurt in your fridge for
several hours before serving. It will keep for 1-2 weeks. If
you are going to use some of it as starter, use it within 5-7
days, so that the bacteria still have growing power. Whey, a
thin yellow liquid, will form on the top. You can pour it off
or stir it in before eating your yogurt.
9.Add optional flavorings. Experiment until you develop a
flavor that your taste buds fancy.


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