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I found a new thing to do, and that is making yoghurt. I love eating yoghurt, especially Greek yoghurt with honey and granola. But eating store-bought yoghurt regularly costs quite a bit of money, so I thought about making it.

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I bought two sachets of freeze-dried Caspian Sea yoghurt culture from Medi-ya and followed the given instructions for making yoghurt carefully.

I sterilised a half-quart glass jar (including the cap, spoons and measuring cup), poured 500ml of whole milk into the jar, added yoghurt culture from one sachet to the milk, mixed thoroughly, covered the jar and left it in my study room for approximately 24 hours. And I got yoghurt!

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The texture of Caspian Sea yoghurt is thick (but not as thick as Greek yoghurt), creamy and a little tart, with a viscosity similar to honey.  Actually, the texture that is closest to the yoghurt that I can think of is yamaimo or nagaimo (grated Japanese mountain yam), which I love too.  It took me several days to get used to the texture of this yoghurt, ‘cos it is so different from what I am used to in a Greek yoghurt.

I drizzled the Caspian Sea yoghurt with a little honey and topped it with homemade granola and blueberry compote.  Yummy.  I have already used the first batch of yoghurt to grow two more batches of yoghurt.  And I may never have to pay money for yoghurt at the supermarket again. 🙂  

Make Your Own Caspian Sea Yoghurt
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2 thoughts on “Make Your Own Caspian Sea Yoghurt

  • Feb 26, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    I love Caspian Sea yoghurt, especially that strange elastic texture! I used to make my own years ago – I’d just put a bit of the starter into a plastic pint of milk that you buy from the supermarket and it’d be done the next day. So easy. Alas, it’s harder to find it in London although I’m sure it’s out there somewhere!

  • Feb 27, 2014 at 6:32 am

    You’re described the texture exactly! It is strangely elastic, and that took some getting used to. I like that the yoghurt isn’t too tart, just slightly tangy, so that you can eat it even without any fruit or sweeteners. I boiled my jars and spoons to death because I had one bad experience when I didn’t sterilise the jar sufficiently for making jam. I think you can get the Caspian Sea freeze dried culture online. I bought mine at a Japanese supermarket here. I have never seen it sold in the other supermarkets.

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