Coconut yogurt: this time it worked!

I have been trying out different ways to make vegan yogurt, but so far all of my attempts have failed horribly. There is nothing fun about waking up to a weird and pungeant smell and realizing that it is the soy yogurt experiment that has gone wrong… really wrong!

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Last week however, I realized that I had some boxes of coconut milk in my pantry and that they were about to go bad. I decided that this was the perfect excuse to try making vegan yogurt again.

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Now, my budget this summer is pretty tight, so there was no way I was going to spend 50$ (and maybe more) on probiotic pills. I know that these little pills would mean that I would be able to make hundreds of batches of vegan yogurt, but no. I went to my trusted local health food store, and realized that they didn’t even have those pills. So, double no. They did have already made coconut yougurt however. After checking the ingredients and seeing the “live cultures” listed as part of the ingredients, I decided that I could spare this 6$ for my experiment.

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The process of making yogurt is fairly simple. You mix live cultures with your milk, stir everything well, let this sit overnight in a warm place, move everything to the fridge, and voila! I used to love making goat’s milk yogurt and kefir before going vegan, so my hopes were up on this coconut yogurt.

Here is what I used:

  • 1L coconut milk
  • 350g plain store-bought coconut yogurt (I used the one from Silk)

Here is what I did:

  1. In a large container, I mixed the coconut milk and the yogurt with a wisk until everything was homogenous.
  2. I covered the top of my container with a paper towel tied with a rubber band and placed it in my oven (with the light turned on).
  3. 12 hours later I moved the container to the fridge and let the yogurt set for 8 more hours.

The result? Well, you have two options here. The fattier part of the coconut milk yogurt will gatter to the top of your container and give you this incredibly thick and rich yogurt. The bottom part will be more liquid and perfect to add to smoothies. The first option is to keep these two phases separate and to enjoy the great diversity that this recipe gives you. The second option is to take out your trusty wisk and to wisk everything together. The result will be a smooth drinkable yogurt that is perfect for parfaits and smoothies. I have to say I did both and can’t believe how thick and creamy the top layer is.

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The taste of this yogurt is tangy with the slightest coconut aftertaste. It really is super smooth and so delicious. Now, for the next batch, just remember to keep 1 cup of already made yogurt that you will use as a starter. Infinite vegan yogurt, here we come!

Fermented Beets and Pink Sauerkraut #2 \\\ Betteraves fermentées et Choucroute rose #2

(version française plus bas!)

I like making sauerkraut and fermented vegetables because it’s like magic occurring through time. You start with the simplest of ingredients and get amazingly good-for-you-pickled-like goodness. My favourite to make is sauerkraut because it is so simple to prepare, quick to ferment and delicious! I already shared a pink sauerkraut recipe, but I found something new over the holidays, and thought I would share that too!

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I had already experimented with raw pickled beets, but I wanted to see if I could get the same results by fermenting them instead. I also decided to grate the beets instead of cutting them into strips to make them easier to use in salads and recipes. The result is a crunchy, sour and thick preserve that is so great in salads, sandwiches and everywhere else really! These are really simple to prepare and are so delicious!

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Here is what you need for the fermented beets:

  • 3 to 4 medium-sized beets
  • 2 tbs coarse sea salt

Here is what you do:

  1. Wash the beets thoroughly.
  2. Use a manual grater or your food processor to grate the beets up. Place them in a large bowl.
  3. Mix in the salt and massage it into the beets. Let sit for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, sterilize a glass jar by filling it up with boiling water (BE CAREFUL!). Empty it up and let cool a few minutes.
  5. Transfer your beets and their juice into the jar and make sure that they are really packed in and that there are no air bubbles.
  6. Close the jar with a folded paper towel and an elastic. Place it in a cool place away from direct sunlight. Remove the scum that forms on top every day (I only needed to do this for the first 5 days). A thick liquid should form over the first night and cover everything. Make sure to push the beets under this liquid every day. After 5 days, the beets are nice and salty, but after 10 days they start to get sour and are ready to transfer to your fridge. Enjoy!

This is so good! The beets are crunchy, sour and salty. I usually use them in salads instead of vinegar and they make a great job. They are also filled with gut-loving bacteria and iron which will make you feel great.

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Since you already are working with beets, you might as well try to make pink sauerkraut with them too! This is a very simple trick that makes for the brightest pink sauerkraut. Basically, you do the same thing as for regular sauerkraut, but you simply use 1 head of green cabbage and 1 beet. Grate everything up and then follow this recipe. It’s so pink and pretty! Let me know if you try working with beets!

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J’aime préparer de la choucroute et des légumes fermentés parce que c’est comme de la magie! On commence avec des ingrédients très simples qui se transforment en quelques jours en des condiments délicieux et bons pour la santé: MAGIE! J’aime beaucoup faire de la choucroute parce que c’est vraiment très simple et tellement délicieux! J’ai déjà partagé ma recette de choucroute rose, mais j’ai trouvé un petit truc durant les vacances que j’aimerais aussi partager.

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J’avais aussi déjà expérimenté avec une recette de betteraves marinées crues, mais je voulais voir s’il était possible d’obtenir un résultat comparable en utilisant un procédé de fermentation. Le résultat? Des betteraves croquantes, acidulées et salées qui sont si bonnes dans les salades, les sandwiches, et un peu partout en fait! Elles sont très faciles à préparer et tellement délicieuses!

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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 3 à 4 betteraves de taille moyenne
  • 2 c. à soupe de gros sel

Voici ce qu’il faut faire:

  1. Bien laver les betteraves.
  2. Utiliser une rape manuelle ou votre robot culinaire pour raper les betteraves. Placer le tout dans un grand bol.
  3. Mélanger le sel et bien masser le tout pour que le sel soit vraiment bien incorporé. Laisser reposer pendant 15 minutes.
  4. En attendant, stériliser un contenant en verre en le remplissant d’eau bouillante (SOYEZ PRUDENT!). Vider le contenant et laisser le refroidir quelques minutes.
  5. Transferer les betteraves et leur jus dans le contenant en verre et les écrasant bien pour éviter les bulles d’air.
  6. Fermer le contenant à l’aide d’un morceau d’essui-tout et d’un élastique. Placer le contenant dans un endroit frais et à l’abris de la lumière directe du soleil. Enlever le résidu qui se forme à la surface du liquide tous les jours (J’ai eu besoin de faire ça seulement les 5 premiers jours). Un liquide épais devrait se déveloper et recouvrir le tout. Assurez-vous que les morceaux de betteraves soient sous ce liquide. Après 5 jours, les betteraves sont douces et salées, mais après 10 jours, elles sont acidulées et prêtes à être mises au frigo et à être mangées. Savourez!

C’est si bon! Les betteraves sont croquantes, acidulées et salées. Je les utilise généralement dans mes salades au lieu du vinaigre ou du jus de citron et elles font très bien l’affaire. Elles sont également remplies de bactéries qui aident le système digestif et de fer qui vous aideront à vous sentir en forme.

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Puisque vous travaillez déjà avec des betteraves, pourquoi ne pas les utiliser pour faire de la choucroute? C’est un petit truc super simple qui transforme une simple choucroute en une magnifique choucroute rose! En fait, on fait la même chose que pour une choucroute classique, mais on utilise un choux vert et une betterave. On rape le tout, et on suit cette recette. Le résulat est tellement joli! Dites-moi si vous essayez ces recettes!

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