Kokua Market

The only natural foods cooperative in Hawai`i!

Lorna Lee
  • Female
  • Honolulu, HI
  • United States
Share on Facebook Share
  • Blog Posts
  • Discussions (2)
  • Events
  • Groups
  • Photos
  • Photo Albums

Lorna Lee's Friends

  • Derek Kauanoe
  • Angela Sy
  • Kokua Market
  • Pualani Ramos
  • Vivian Chau
  • Leslie Ashburn
  • Jorli Iwanaga
  • Bradley Chun
  • Mike Sarrazin
  • L. Kirby
  • Kokua Market Site Administrator

Gifts Received


Lorna Lee has not received any gifts yet

Give a Gift


Lorna Lee's Page

The Apartment Garden, sans soil

Quick cool delicious yogurt dressing


  • 1/2 cup Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder

Blend ingredients in bowl. That's it!

Once you have tasted the basic recipe, you can choose to dress it up with sour cream, lemon juice/zest, dill, shredded cucumber (patted dry), garlic or relish.

Make your own yogurt

Making yogurt involves a little starter yogurt and milk/soymilk and a few easy steps: 1) heat milk to 185°F if not already UHT pasteurized, 2) cool to 110°F, and 3) add the starter and keep warm for 6-8 hours or until solid.

Ingredients and Tools:

  • 2 tablespoons plain starter yogurt or freeze-dried cultures - avoid additives that may interfere with culture growth. Wildwood soy yogurt has a silky texture that works well.
  • Fresh Milk/Soymilk - If not ultra-high temperature (UHT) pasteurized, scald just to froth or 185°F and then cool to 110°F. A thermometer may help.

UHT or ultra pasteurization alters the proteins, thinning the result considerably. Note: All Organic Valley milk that I have seen in Honolulu is ultra pasteurized. Even under ideal conditions, yogurt made with this milk takes 10 hours to reach the consistency of creamy soup. Soymilk, since it lacks lactose, may need a teaspoon or so of sugar to feed the cultures. hillbillyhousewife.com tells how to use mostly powdered milk.

NEWS FLASH: Alton Brown says Organic Valley is his favorite milk to use for yogurt because of its higher than normal quality. He says to use a full half cup of milk powder, 1-2 tablespoons of honey, and to keep the temperature at 115°F. Stay tuned for my next report.

This is a small recipe. You can also make large batches.

Step 1: Scald milk just to froth (185°F)

If using a microwave, reduce heat to half-power and heat in one-minute intervals, taking care not to let the temperature rise much. Powdered milk added here may help set the yogurt.

Step 2: Cool to growing temp for cultures (80-110°F)

120°F kills cultures. A cold water bath with some stirring would work. If UHT pasteurized, you can simply add soymilk from a freshly opened box.

Step 3: Add starter. Cover, keep warm to set (6-12 hrs)

Pour in the yogurt. Stir to distribute. Cover the mixture to avoid forming a skin and keep at 105-110°F for 6-8 hours or until set. A thermos, heating pad or cooler of hot water bottles may help hold the temperature constant. Soy yogurt takes longer and is thinner.

The cultures consume the lactose and make lactic acid, which denatures the proteins to form the yogurt's texture. The lactic acid also acts as a preservative.

When done, a clear yellow liquid, mostly whey, starts to separate out. For thinner yogurt, stir back in. For creamier, Greek-style yogurt or soy cheese, strain in a gold coffee filter or in a colander lined with cheesecloth, muslin or coffee filter.

Timing Tip: I get better results on warm days than cool nights.

Stay tuned for new findings!

Sprouting seeds

General instructions

Soak until germinated, then wash three times a day. A strainer or filter in a used container works. Air circulation is very important. Like watering plants, the key is to maintain a consistently moderate moisture level. Too much moisture and mold develops. Too little and the seeds dry out.

It's a good idea to refrigerate the seeds to lengthen their life span. You may want to sprout just one type of seed first before trying a blend. You may also want to experiment with the air circulation depending on the humidity and ventilation of your home. For example, I get better results leaving off the cover of the Easy Sprouter ($15.75 at Kokua Market, last time I checked) and placing it near a window.

For additional tips, you can try http://www.sproutpeople.com.

Comment Wall (2 comments)

You need to be a member of Kokua Market to add comments!

Join Kokua Market

At 6:10pm on September 18, 2010, Kokua Market said…
thanks to you and Mike for coming to the cooking demo. I hope you enjoyed. Have a great weekend.
At 8:56pm on November 22, 2009, Kokua Market said…
What's your favorite type of yogurt to make?

Do you make other dishes with your homemade yogurt?

Profile Information

What I want from our coop
Clean, fresh food grown and produced locally. Organic a plus.

© 2017   Created by Kokua Market Site Administrator.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service