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2/5/09 1:23 A

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Update - I've started making my own yoghurt! So easy, it's pathetic.

I put 2L local organic fatfree milk in the crockpot, let it stand on low for a few hours, then let it cool for a few hours, then add some yoghurt or commercial starter, let it stand a few more hours, et voila! It's a bit runnier than commercial yoghurt, but tastes so good, and I know exactly what is in it!

My weight is in kg, not lbs. I'm not anorexic! Just too lazy to do the conversion 8-).


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2/4/09 11:51 A

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A wonderful Gelatin free Yogurt which is fairly new to Danone is the wonderful "Naturalia". It is the best tasting yogurt I have ever came across, and yes... it is Gelatin free:) I too will not eat anything with Gelatin in it, so I am extremely careful when choosing my foods. Also, these yogurts come in single serving sizes, so you are able to grab and go, as you wish!
They come in strawberry, raspberry, peach and french vanilla. All of which are amazing. Thought I'd share this with you:)

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12/29/08 4:34 A

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Wow ...got a lot of good info here ....Thanks

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12/29/08 1:25 A

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I just did a quick Google on Emes Kosher Products just to make sure I wasn't misleading you, and yes, they apparently went out of business in 2005.

HTH == Hope This Helps.

HTH ;-).

My weight is in kg, not lbs. I'm not anorexic! Just too lazy to do the conversion 8-).


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COCOABEAN2 Posts: 232
12/28/08 11:31 P

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Thanks for filling me in on what "kosher" means. All encountered yogurts that are kosher in Canada may not have gelatin but the dairy would prevent any vegans such as myself, from partaking. The topic was on gelatin free yogurt though so I'm sure that point was well taken. So just reading the label was the key point in finding out if it's got gelatin in it.
So the Emes factory burnt down eh?! I'll be getting back to the Vegetarian Journal's Board to let them know I'd appreciate up to date info. Being in Canada doesn't help. I think there is still a lot of useful information in this phamphlet I acquired just a few months ago. Good to know it's behind the times. What does HTH stand for?

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TRISHB110 Posts: 128
12/28/08 7:20 P

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I'll tell you what- this is the most "on the ball" team I'm a part of on Spark! Ask anything and within minutes the info starts rolling in. LOVE IT! I've left a couple of teams because it seems like noone is home. It must be all the Veggie passion we have!:)Thanks to all the great team members. You are really making my newly Veggie life simply wonderful with all the advice and info.

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Will do Lionsima. Right off hand I couldn't tell you cause I haven't been able to look at everything yet.

**~~June~~**

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12/28/08 4:45 P

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*sigh*

Kosher does NOT mean blessed. Kosher literally means "fit". There is no blessing involved.

Kosher supervision is the result of the industrialisation of food - when people knew who was making their stuff, they didn't need a rabbi to inspect it and make sure it didn't contain things that Jews are not allowed to eat, such as mixtures of meat and dairy or meat from non-kosher animals. If they knew that the person was trustworthy, it was good.

Once we lost contact with our food producers, we started needing professionals to inspect the food production facilities for us to make sure they were OK. That's where the kosher agencies came into being - they send experts in kosher law, usually rabbis, to check out the facilities and make sure they are the way they claim they are. Call it a religious version of the FDA. As such, they are inspecting the food for religious fitness - not for allergens or vegetarianism. If they feel that fish-based gelatin, for example, can be used in a dairy product, they will allow it. However, as I mentioned, all kosher yoghurts I have encountered in Canada are entirely without gelatin of any kind. For example, I have a container of Liberte yoghurt from Quebec in front of me. Ingredients: Ultrafiltered organic skimmed milk, bacterial culture, milk protein concentrate. Or, if you prefer flavoured, like my son, here is Astro Naturally Flavoured (gotta watch Astro, some of their stuff does contain gelatin and is not kosher): Skim milk, sugar, cream, whey protein concentrate, milk protein concentrate, honey, natural flavour, agar, pectin, natural colour, active bacterial culture.

A big advantage of the kosher supervision is that you know the natural flavours and colours do not come from bugs - no bug product, except honey, is kosher ;-).

I'm sad to say that your book is out of date - the Emes factory, alas, burned to the ground a few years ago, and they went out of business. Haven't had a marshmallow since *sigh*.

HTH!

My weight is in kg, not lbs. I'm not anorexic! Just too lazy to do the conversion 8-).


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12/28/08 4:44 P

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In my opinion, Whole Soy & Co vanilla flavor tastes fresher and creamier than other yogurts. No animal products so no bovine growth hormone, udder medicine, GMO, chemical additives. See ingredients at
http://www.wholesoyco.com/product_yogurt
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I am so glad you are reading labels and getting away from products with gelatins.

Dairy farms today are not like the one I grew up on. Cows are not happy and they are treated as continually impregnated machines, not sentient beings. I no longer want to eat anything forcefully taken from an unhappy animal.

I eat a dab of soy yogurt on fresh fruit and morning cereal.

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COCOABEAN2 Posts: 232
12/28/08 4:23 P

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Kosher just means blessed doesn't it?!** Read on to find out more!! I would love the yogurt recipes mentioned ladies. The one for the crock pot and the yogurt maker too!! I have Nancy's soy yogurt in my fridge right now and it's got no gelatin.***I've just looked up gelatin in the vegetarian Journal's guide to food ingredients and this is what it says.... Commercial source: animal (cow- or hog derived). There are "gelatins" which are vegetable or synthetic in some foods on the market. Used in: Puddings, yogurt, ham coatings, marshmallows, sour cream, frozen desserts, cheese spreads, soft drinks, pill capsules, wine, and juice. (Hey, now we've got more to investigate!!) Definition: An animal protein used especially for its thickening and gelling properties. NON-VEGETARIAN
Product Info: Emes Kosher Products is one company which produces vegetarian "gelatin" made from carageeenan ( a type of seaweed). Note: Not all kosher gelatin is vegetarian. So there we have it. Unless you actually know the source of gelatin, assume it's animal derived!!

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12/28/08 4:19 P

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BUGGIE726, if the label isn't clear, contact the company or the kosher agency. If you don't know what the kosher agency is, tell me what the symbol looks like and I can find out for you.

My weight is in kg, not lbs. I'm not anorexic! Just too lazy to do the conversion 8-).


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12/28/08 4:17 P

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Hm. Maybe it's because I'm in Canada, but I've never seen a kosher yoghurt with gelatin. I know there is much discussion in the kosher community whether gelatin is considered a meat product or not (if so, it would never be allowed in a dairy product such as yoghurt - long story).

Mind you, we don't have many kinds of kosher yoghurt like you do. Maybe because the Canadian kosher agencies are more fussy about gelatin ...

Still, it is worth checking. Stonyfield Farms, for example, has lovely organic yoghurt, and in the US it is kosher (here it isn't, alas), and AFAIK there is no gelatin in it.

My weight is in kg, not lbs. I'm not anorexic! Just too lazy to do the conversion 8-).


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That's what I was wondering about the Kosher gelatin too. If it's cow free gelatin then I'll buy it. There's a HUGE Jewish/Kosher section in the store I work at. It's where I'm buying all my gravys and FINALLY I can have egg drop soup!!

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TRISHB110 Posts: 128
12/28/08 3:38 P

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Some of the yogurts I've looked at have "kosher gelatin"- Kosher or not, isn't it still from a cow?? I did find that Dannon All Natural- it's good but I wish it came in more flavors. I think I saw Rachel's at Whole Foods, but passed it up because it was "On Sale" for .99 a cup, a little pricey for me, but perhaps for once in a while. I'll double check some of the soy yogurts, but I'm almost positive some of them had gelatin-or carmine!!! eeewww!

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All kosher yoghurt is gelatin-free. There should be a symbol on it from the certifying agency. Where are you? I can help you figure out what you should be looking for.

Alternatively, you don't need to buy a yoghurt maker to make your own. I made some the other day for the first time using my crockpot! Came out a bit watery, but yummy!

My weight is in kg, not lbs. I'm not anorexic! Just too lazy to do the conversion 8-).


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12/28/08 1:33 P

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The soy yogurts don't have gelatin. Dannon All Natural has no gelatin. It comes in vanilla, coffee, and lemon. The plain and non fat are non gelatin. Everything else has gelatin. Brown Cow is gelatin free as is Rachels.

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12/28/08 11:25 A

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You can do what I'm going to do...buy a yogurt maker and make my own. I love homemade yogurt. It tastes so fresh!

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. Albert Einstein

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12/28/08 10:22 A

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I like So Delicious® Coconut Milk Yogurt. They're certified vegan.

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12/28/08 9:42 A

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I have WholeSoy & Co yogurt in my fridge. These are the ingredients. Pasteurized and cultured organic soymilk (filtered water and ground organic soybeans), organic evaporated cane juice, strawberries, organic cornstarch, organic rice starch, natural flavors, lactic acid (from vegetable source), red cabbage (for color), tricalcium phosphate, live active cultures (l.acidophilus, b. bifidum, l. bulgaricus and s. thermophilus)

No gelatin here! I found this at Food 4 Less which is a Kroger store.

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TRISHB110 Posts: 128
12/28/08 9:28 A

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Anyone know of a gelatin free yogurt? I've been reading labels like crazy, but most flavored yogurts, including the soy yogurts, have gelatin in them. I'm not a big fan of plain yogurt unless I put in some all-fruit jam. Some of the greek yogurts are gelatin free, but they are $2.99 for a pint here!!! I would love to find an individual serving size of flavored yogurt so I can grab and go.

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