As I was reading about the Special Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), one of the most essential things that Elaine Gottschall discussed was the importance of homemade yogurt. Initially, that concerned me because I have been dairy free for over 2 years. I only allowed myself occasional fresh mozzarella, which is the one cheese my mast cell specialist okayed. But I noticed a rash when I ate it more than once every couple of weeks, so I stayed away from all other dairy.
I couldn’t decide how the homemade yogurt was going to fit in to my dairy free life, but I was determined to at least try it. Since I had previously had the least trouble with goat’s cheese, I decided to try it with goat’s milk. Elaine’s book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle, has detailed instructions on making the homemade yogurt because her process is different than typical yogurt making. The yogurt has to be fermented at least 24 hours so the lactose becomes galactose which is a monosaccharide. As I mentioned in the previous post, all of the carbohydrates must be monosaccharides.
So I decided to make it easy on myself and ordered the Yogourmet electric yogurt maker. I did not like the plastic container it came with to hold the yogurt, so I also ordered Wellbee’s 64 ounce Glass Jar that fits into the Yogourmet. Yogourmet comes with the freeze-dried yogurt starter and the thermometer. Getting the milk to the correct temperature and cooling it to there correct temperature before adding the starter are important.
The first time I made the yogurt, I enlisted the help of my hubby. I wish I had a video recording because it was kind of funny. Even though I had read through the directions, it was a new process and we were running back and forth from the stove to the sink to the counter. I’ve now made it many times and it’s easy.
I also make fruit compote using just frozen organic fruit, a little water and honey. I add a couple of spoonfuls of this to the homemade yogurt each day and it is delicious! This one is mango but I have made mixed berry, blueberry and peach.
I’m even happier to report than I have had ZERO reaction to the yogurt. This was a huge surprise to me. I did start out with just a few spoonfuls the first time and then a tiny bowl. Now I have a small bowl each day. The SCD also has several recipes with homemade yogurt as one of the ingredients.
It’s important to add here that there are several SCD recipes on the internet that are NOT really SCD legal according to the original SCD as written by Elaine Gottschall. I am strictly following the original diet initially to allow ample time to assess whether it is effective for my mast cells.
So far, so good… Continue to follow to see more meals, foods and reactions.