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Tue 9-Sep-14
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Now we're all thinking about making jams and chutneys......if you have a Farmfoods near you, they're selling 1kg bags of sugar for 59p.  Spotted the sign on the door as I was walking past there this morning, so nipped in and bought several.  79p in the supermarket (or 85p in some) so a pretty good saving.

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Tue 9-Sep-14
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I have never been to a Farmfoods shop, on the understanding that it sells frozen food and I have no freezer. Having looked it up, I find that it sells packets and tins of things and even cleaning products.  I might investigate soon.  Thank for the info Sue.

I'll try that again!

Tue 9-Sep-14
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We have a farm foods in Yeovil Sue but not here, I have used them when I am down there and find them to be very good value apart from the pork which always tastes off to me.

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Tue 9-Sep-14
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Thanks for the heads up Sue but no Farmfoods shops around here.  I have been getting my sugar at Aldi.  Now sugar is the new bad boy on the block, taking over from fat, in the nutritional world I felt embarrassed the other day at the checkout as I had a stack of sugar so I explained that I was making jam and chutney.  The assistant said she thought it a bit excessive but didn't like to say anything!

Wed 10-Sep-14
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Sugar has always been the bad boy, it has taken until now for it to be recognised as such by the rest of the world. That is why in the main I make my own foods and drinks, as I know how much sugar or sugars have gone in to them. Even things like zero % fat yogurts will have added sugar in many of them.

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Wed 10-Sep-14
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Yogurts really annoy me, Hannah.....or rather the manufacturers I should say.  I love yogurt, you see loads labelled 0% fat now, but just try finding one that doesn't have sugar added.....virtually impossible steam

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That's why I make my own yogurt and if I put fruit in it, as a puree, it is just straight fruit cooked or blended down to a puree. There will be a sugar in home made yogurt but that comes from the lactose in the milk, but it has not been added additionally .

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I've never tried making yogurt, I suppose I ought to have a go.  I know you can make it in a vacuum flask, a proper kit isn't necessarily required is it?

So if sugar in milk comes from the lactose, does that mean that Lactofree milk (which I have) doesn't contain sugar?  I suppose I could just go and look in the fridge and compare the Lactofree nutritional info with husband's ordinary milk......have never thought to look before.

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Wed 10-Sep-14
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Yes Sue lactose is the sugar in milk so if they remove the lactose they remove the sugar, but I don't know if it is all of it. You can make yoghurt in a flask , can't remember the method now as I have an electric yoghurt maker, but plenty of things on the web about how to do it. Speaking of sugar I found some golden syrup sugar , I am going to give it  a go in my cookies instead of brown sugar.

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Wed 10-Sep-14
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Yes Sue, it will be free of lactose, so sugar free in effect.

This is my recipe

1 litre UHT milk

4 tablespoon skimmed milk powder

Natural yogurt starter

teaspoon of home made vanilla extract.

Mix all together, heat to 40 to 42 centigrade and incubate for 6 hours.

I use UHT so that I don't have to heat the milk to pastuerisation temperature and then cool back down.

Skimmed milk powder is to give extra body to the yogurt and I use 150 mls yeo valley natural yogurt, or a saved pot of the last batch I made. I doubt you can get lactose free skimmed milk powder, so you may need to omit that step

I make mine in a kiddies yogurt maker by Kidsline, it came with 4 by 150ml sized jars with screw lids, and a container that is electrically heated and keeps the mix at the required temperature- I have two of these and I plug them in to timers and leave them. They only cost me £6 each. Takes about ten minutes to prepare and then you forget it. I would think the same recipe would work in a thermos flask, possibly with a longer time for setting.

Interestingly I have looked the devices up online on Amazon, and I am shocked by the price they are now. here is a link to show you what it looks like

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kids-Line-Artisan-Yogurt-M.....urt+makers

But at £48 they are daylight robbery, I bought mine three years ago so unless they fell off the back of a lorry, someone is making a killing on them now.There are a couple of sellers on E-bay at better prices, about £12.

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Fri 12-Sep-14
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Somehow I missed your post, Hannah - thanks for the yogurt making info.  Is the temperature of 40-42 c critical?  I don't have a thermometer.

Adding the skimmed milk powder wouldn't bother me....I only knew I was lactose intolerant a couple of years ago when I was seeing a senior dietitian for various stomach/mouth problems.  After various tests it was she who told me I was intolerant of lactose, as well as wheat, plus a mild oral allergy to tomatoes and citrus fruits.  Lactose just gives me some minor gut problems, it's not a majorly important thing.

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Hi Sue, you need to avoid the mix getting to hot and killing off the culture, so if you have a first aid kit thermometer at all, just heat to around blood temperature using that, and it will still be Ok, it is just a temperature that was stated in the literature with my kit-it is a bit like fermenting wine or beer, the organisms like a specific temperature to work at their best, but will still work if a little lower or higher than stated.

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Ah ok, I don't have any kind of thermometer at all, suppose I should get one really.  Thanks for the info, Hannah.

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put your finger in it and test the temperature that way Sue just like when making bread about the same temperature will work. I put mine in cold at room temperature but I am using an electric machine , yours needs to be warm to do in a flask.

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Good idea Eileen, hands came before tools!!

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