Has anyone tried and been successful using Danon fat free yogurt for their starter when making their own yogurt? I ask because I see pectin l

the ingredients. I wonder if the pectin interferes with the cultures making the milk congeal correctly.

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ChefOno June 6, 2012

It sounds to me you're both saying the same thing -- that you've had good luck with them.

Lots of interesting points in that article as is usual for McGee. Unfortunately I just noticed the link I posted has an issue; use this one instead:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/15/dining/15curi.html

 
Maedl June 6, 2012
Interesting what he says about speciality yogurts. I have had good luck with them.
 
ChefOno June 6, 2012

McGee on the subject:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/15/dining/15curi.html?_r=4&ref=dining


 
Maedl June 6, 2012
I would try to find a better quality yogurt than Dannon's. Try a locally produced yogurt, perhaps from a farmer's market or dairy. The bacteria should be fresher and rarin' to go. Before we were able to buy yogurt made close to home, I used Dannon's. No way now, knowing how good real yogurts can taste, would I use the corporate yogurt today.
 
HalfPint June 5, 2012
As long as it has live and active yogurt cultures, it should work as a starter. The pectin is there to add to the texture and consistency, so I can't see that it would interfere with the yogurt cultures work. I've made yogurt with all different kinds of plain yogurt. The only thing I ever checked for was the live cultures.
 
cookingProf June 5, 2012
I have used Danon before with undesirable results. The pectin in your starter will result in a slimy home-made yogurt. I recommend using a brand that does not contain gelatin or pectin. I have had good results with Fage Greek yogurt. Lifeway brand Kefir drink works well also. I sometimes use Lifeway probiotic Kefir with the added benefit of the additional bacteria that comes with it.
 
SKK June 5, 2012
You are correct in that the pectin will interfere. Do not use low fat or fat free yogurt.
 
jbban June 6, 2012
It's worthwhile noting that you can use low fat or nonfat yogurt as starter, but most of the varieties found in grocery stores have all kinds of thickeners and stabilizers that might interfere with the process. Low fat is not the problem. I always make my yogurt with skim milk and it comes out perfectly set every time.
 
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