Tuesday, January 13, 2009
For centuries, eating yogurt has been associated with longevity and health. The creamy dairy food has been a staple of Mediterranean, Indian, and French diets for many years. A Russian born biologist, Elie Metchnikoff wrote about the life-extending benefits of eating cultured foods, especially yogurt. Metchnikoff wrote a book called The Prolongation of Life, in this book he noted that a higher percentage of the Bulgarian population was found to live anywhere from 87 to over 100 years old. And according to Mireille Guilliano, author of the best-selling French Women Don't Get Fat, yogurt is one of the French secrets to weight control.
With all of that being said, can I say that I just plain love it and look at not only as a "health" food but as a creamy rich dessert! I eat it plain, with fruit, with chocolate, and I even use it as a dressing. It makes a great breakfast after a night (or weekend) of over indulging.
With my Salton yogurt maker (see photo above) I can make my own homemade yogurt at a fraction of the cost and it is very simple. You just heat up the milk to just below the boiling point (you need to watch this as it will boil quit rapidly) and then allow it to cool to a lukewarm temperature. Then you mix it in with a little of yesterday's left-over yogurt plop in it the machine and turn it on. In the morning it will be ready and waiting for you! It ends up costing me less than $1.00 a quart. But if you don't have a yogurt maker here is recipe to try at home:
French Women Don't Get Fat Homemade Yogurt Recipe