Health food is expensive and lactose free yogurt is included! Oh well, that’s the name of the game right now but I was really excited when I found out there was a way to make your own lactose free yogurt at home without a yogurt maker.

VIVO Starter Cultures  has just been introduced to Canada and it’s a product for making natural, healthy yogurt at home for children and adults.

This yogurt starter contains 17 strains of beneficial bacteria and makes it possible for anyone to make healthy yogurt with no sugar, additives or preservatives at home.

There are five different types of Starter Cultures available, each with a different benefit;

  1. YOGURT-Ensures good digestion, boosts immunity
  2. KEFIR– Improves metabolism, helps eliminate excessive weight
  3. PROBIOTIC YOGURT– Restores microflora, contains 17 species of bacteria
  4. BIFIKID- for children aged 2 and above, normalizes digestion
  5. SLIM GIRL YOGURT– Improves nutrient absorption, good source of protein and calcium


The process is fairly easy, although I had a couple learning curves with it. The yogurts can be made with a yogurt maker or in a pot. There is an instructional video on their website as well as directions that tell you how to make it in a pot and yogurt maker. There is also a great instructional video you can find HERE.

You will need:

  • Starter culture (1 bottle can produce between 1 to 3 litres of fermented milk)
  • 1-3 litres of Lactose free Milk (Natrel, almond or soy)
  • Cooking thermometer
  • A (small) pot and a large towel or blanket.

And that’s it! Easy peasy? Almost!

So I followed these instructions to a tee and left it out for 20 hours. I was disappointed when the next day my ‘yogurt’ was still as runny as a glass of milk. I was trying to figure out what went wrong and I thought maybe it had to do with the fact that I used an enormous pot. The second time around I used a much smaller pot, only kept it out for 18 hours and had better results!

The yogurt was still a little runny and after speaking to some company folks it turns out it’s likely because I wrapped the towel around the side of the pot but not the top or bottom. Be sure to completely wrap the pot.


It tastes JUST LIKE plain yogurt you buy at the store! I like to add a lot to my plain yogurts so I had my first bowl with berries, walnuts, and a little honey for sweetener. It made for a delicious and very healthy snack.

I still have four other starter cultures to work with so I’m excited to keep tweaking how I do it to get yogurt of the perfect consistency. Who knew it could be so easy! This will save me a TON of money as two starter cultures cost $3-5 and makes 2-6 litres of yogurt!

If you want to buy some Vivo Cultures and try this at home, you can purchase them on their website or look for a nearby store that carries it. No stores in Lethbridge have it yet, so if you’re around here, online is the way to go.

Have you ever made your own yogurt before?

Any tips for a newbie at home yogurt maker?

This post was written in collaboration with Vivo Cultures but my opinions (and inability to do things right the first time) are, as always, my own.

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