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Things You Need to Know about Goat Milk Yogurt

Hemangi Harankhedkar Mar 21, 2020
Yogurt is tasty and there are also many health benefits attached to it. Tired of having the same cow milk yogurt, and need some change? Why not try goat milk yogurt! It's different and healthy too!
There is no sure evidence about the discovery of yogurt, but one thing that can be said is, that it was discovered by chance. We should actually be thankful to whoever discovered it, because it is simply a delicious product. Cow's milk is the commonly used milk, to prepare yogurt. But some people are allergic to products made from cow's milk, therefore this yogurt made from goat milk, can prove to be a healthy substitute for such people.

Why Goat Milk?

One would naturally have the question - 'why have yogurt of goat milk, when cow milk yogurt is easily available'. As such, there are no major differences between yogurt made from these two types of milk, and in fact, goat milk is higher on the calcium, vitamin A and iron count, as compared to other types of milk.
When compared to cow milk, goat milk has high amount of saturated fats and cholesterol, which should be kept in mind by people who are overweight or have high cholesterol levels. The plus point of goat milk is that it is normally suited to people who have allergy to other types of milk, and is beneficial to people suffering from degenerative diseases, asthma, etc.
Yogurt is prepared from bacterial fermentation of milk. The fermentation process is easy, and we would discuss the recipe in detail later.

Nutrition

Note: The nutritional facts presented ahead are based on the serving size of one container (6 oz), and comply with a 2000 calorie diet
Nutritional Information
Total Calories 100
Calories from Fat 40
Saturated Fat 3 gm
Sodium 80 mg
Total Carbohydrates 7 gm
Sugar 7 gm
Proteins 7 gm
Apart from the aforementioned, it is rich in vitamin A, calcium and iron, and contains good percentages of these.

The benefits are listed ahead.

Benefits

  • Digestion: One reason why it is better than cow milk yogurt is its easily digestible nature. Desired levels of fatty acids, linoleic acids, globules and arachidonic acid in it, make it easy to digest.
  • Rich Source: Goat milk is very rich in calcium, proteins, vitamins, magnesium, and other nutrients, making it a very healthy option. Compare it with cow's milk and you will find that this milk has higher content of vitamins and nutrients in it.
  • Suits All: Goat milk is easily suited to toddlers and people prone to allergies. This option is very good for people allergic to cow's dairy products, and people with lactose intolerance and intestinal diseases.

Recipe

Making yogurt is easy, and considering that this type is not easily available in stores, a recipe would surely help. Also homemade yogurt tastes like heaven, and is free from added artificial ingredients.
Ingredients
  • Milk - 1 gallon
  • Cultured yogurt - 2 tsp (as a starter)
  • Kitchen thermometer
  • Glass quarter sized containers
Procedure

The first step to any milk fermentation process is heating the milk (this will kill the unwanted bacteria). So boil the milk to around 80°C, and stir it occasionally. Use a sterilized container to prepare and store the yogurt.
Let the heated milk cool till 42°C (use a thermometer occasionally). Now add cultured yogurt into it, and keep stirring it till a consistent mixture is formed (stirring will help in spreading the bacteria and allow them to grow).
Pour the milk in a glass container and cover it with a lid (to prevent other impurities from entering in it). The fermentation process will take around 8 hours to complete. Check it after the said duration, and you find that it has become thick, with a yellow film over it (you can discard this if you want). Use the yogurt within 5 days from the date of preparation.
There are many benefits of this food item as we have seen, and it is also very delicious. So try making this yogurt at home and enjoy the benefits.