Based on a reply to Marleena from Grand Forks
By Peter Bartlett, Dairy Manager at Bartlett Farms 5/10/18
As you well know, yogurt is that thick creamy pudding-like food most of us grow up eating for breakfast.
It’s recommended by doctors and dieticians for it’s pro-biotic properties. Pro-biotics are the beneficial living bacterias that, among other things, help aid in digestion.
Yogurt is different than milk due to the fact it undergoes a culturing process where the milk is heated, starter is added, and the batch is allowed to sit undisturbed for 10-24 hours.
That’s called culturing.
Three Types of Culturing
Here at Bartlett Farms we offer three types of yogurt culturing. Each is designed to meet the needs of different people we serve.
Regular Whole Milk Yogurt
The first is our regular whole milk yogurt. This is the good for most people. It’s made using an organic culture and it turns out fairly thick and consistent.
This is your default option when you select “yogurt” from your options on our website. See how to select custom options here.
A2 Whole Milk Yogurt
The second type is our A2 whole milk yogurt. This is for people who are somewhat more sensitive to dairy and need A2 milk. A2 milk comes from a few cows that have slightly different genes and produce A2 milk. Long story, but we recommend this for those who still experience sensitivity to dairy after trying regular raw milk.
A2 GAPS Yogurt
The third kind of yogurt we offer is called A2 GAPS. The GAPS diet is a specially diet that helps people with autoimmune conditions such as autism, thyroid issues, and other difficult to treat conditions by restoring their gut. A2 GAPS yogurt is cultured for a longer period of time (24 hours, vs 10 hours) so there is less sugar remaining in the yogurt. It tends to be runnier and more tart. GAPS stands for Gut And Psychology Syndrome created by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.
If you’ve shopped for yogurt in the store you may have noticed greek yogurt.
Greek yogurt is simply yogurt that has been thickened by straining out some of the whey. Some brands may contain added protein. We currently do not offer greek yogurt processing at Bartlett Farms, but you can easily make it yourself using cheesecloth or a greek yogurt maker.
To make greek yogurt at home, simply filter any of the three types of yogurt listed above through a cheesecloth to strain out the whey and make a thicker greek yogurt. The whey can be used in a smoothie or for lacto-fermenting vegetables.
Choosing Yogurt from your Real Milk Plans
Yogurt is a fun food for all ages and makes a great base for smoothies, topping for salads, or just enjoyed with a bowl of granola and fruit.
Owners in Bartlett Farms cow-share program can access yogurt as an add-on to their share delivery for no extra charge. Once you’ve purchased a share and an admin has set up your recurring delivery, follow the instructions found in this video to select your option for fresh yogurt on your next delivery.
What’s your favorite way to use yogurt? Let us know! We’d love to hear from you.