A man tasted sour milk the day after he learned how to extract milk from animals - that's what they say about curdled milk. Indeed, the name speaks for itself - getting this product is easy, which provided him with such a rich history. This milk drink is mentioned in the works of ancient scientists of Rome, Greece, Russia. Although being a "son of science" is not necessary to notice the benefits of yogurt for the body.
Curdled milk among dairy products
Sour milk is often mistakenly considered kefir, yogurt or fermented baked milk. In fact, all of the above are only subspecies of a sour product. From a whole drink, you can create a whole "constellation" of similar products, but different in composition and useful action. Even curdled milk is a special kind of sour milk. To create these drinks, special bacteria and fungi are used, depending on what was used and this or that product is obtained.
Ryazhenka is definitely not sour milk. To obtain an unusual color and taste, whole milk is subjected to prolonged heating for a long time. So sugar in the composition of the liquid is caramelized and gives a pleasant dark shade and taste.
Drinking yogurt is very similar to kefir and curdled milk, but, nevertheless, it is a separate product. It is obtained by fermenting milk with lactobacillus bulgaricus (Bulgarian stick). It differs from other dairy products in the increased content of the dry part of milk, which only adds to the benefits of yogurt.
Acidophilus frightens many with its “drug” name. In fact, it is the leader among other dairy products in terms of the content of useful components. It is obtained by introducing lactobacillus acidophilus (acidophilus bacillus). This product has a huge spectrum of beneficial effects, and is much richer than other fermented milk drinks.
Buttermilk is most often associated with sour milk among consumers, but there is little difference between the two. To obtain curdled milk, milk is pasteurized fresh, then cooled and fermented with lactic acid microorganisms and infused for several hours.
Sour milk is an independent product, so to speak. It is obtained by natural fermentation, when microorganisms enter it, which should not be in it. Own strains and bacteria from the external environment react and cause such a biological process. In taste and appearance, this product is indistinguishable from yogurt, but homemade milk that has turned sour is considered unsafe - who knows what bacteria from the external environment fermented it?
So, sour milk is a drink that is obtained naturally and does not require outside intervention. And curdled milk is a safer version of the same product that can be used. How and why to do this, now we will find out.
Benefits for the body
Compared with a fresh product, the benefits of sour milk are much higher. Controversy does not subside about the positive effect on the body of a whole product. Some believe that this is the most useful drink (after all, everyone grew up on it), others argue that it worsens digestion and provokes skin problems (science after all). Indeed, it has been proven that animal milk is too heavy for the human body.
Most of the "sins" of fresh milk do not apply to the sour product. In the process of fermentation, especially with the participation of additional beneficial bacteria, the composition of this drink changes dramatically. A fresh analogue is absorbed in our digestive tract by only 32%, while yogurt leaves 90% of useful substances in the body.
The vitamin and mineral composition leaves no doubt that curdled milk is a must-have. It does not cause acne, on the contrary, it cleanses the body from the inside, which affects the attractive skin.
|Nutritional value (in grams per 100 g)|
|Energy value (in kcal per 100 g)|
|Fat content 2.5%||30.0|
|Vitamins (in milligrams per 100 g)|
|Minerals (in milligrams per 100 g)|
|Magnesium [1 31]||16.0|
Such an extensive list of essential components provides an exceptional effect on the human body. A good digestibility of the product guarantees a constant supply of vitamins and minerals.
Unlike a fresh drink, sour milk has a different protein. In the process of fermentation, bifidobacteria partially break down proteins, due to which they are also well absorbed and easier to digest even in a child's body.
Regular consumption of curdled milk is good for the digestive tract. Bacterial strains produce special compounds that eliminate dangerous pathogenic microflora in the gastrointestinal tract. This drink suppresses inflammatory and putrefactive processes in the intestines, improves the functioning of the kidneys and liver.
The fatty acids in curdled milk increase intestinal motility and remove excess gases. This combination of beneficial effects makes sour milk indispensable after intoxication with drugs and alcohol, with diarrhea and dysbacteriosis.
The main component of dairy products - calcium - is absorbed from the fermented product much better and to a greater extent than from the whole analogue. The same fermentation process breaks down calcium caseinate under the action of organic acids, due to which the supply of this mineral is replenished.
The combination of magnesium and potassium provides good prevention against diseases of the blood vessels and heart. Periodic consumption of sour milk strengthens the heart muscle, improves blood composition.
The harm of sour milk
Despite a whole list of useful properties, this product has both contraindications and possible harm. First of all, curdled milk is contraindicated in patients of gastroenterologists with:
- hyperacidity of the stomach;
- erosive gastritis;
- peptic ulcer.
In addition, sour milk can be consumed only with the permission of a doctor in cases of: cholelithiasis, pancreatitis, hepatitis.
The quality of the product determines the possible harm. As already noted, if milk is sour at home, there is no guarantee that harmless bacteria have entered it. Often such a product becomes the cause of dysbacteriosis and other digestive disorders.
What to cook with sour milk
Today, almost any pastry or dessert can be easily bought in the store. But the generation of housewives who grew up during periods of shortage know well how to use sour milk and what to cook from curdled milk. First of all, these are the same pancakes, pancakes, donuts. But not "baking single." From sour milk, airy desserts and second courses are prepared.
Curdled milk mousse recipe
Pour sour milk and a glass of sour cream into a deep container, grate zest from lemon or orange into them, season everything with sugar and beat with a mixer. Pour the gelatin dissolved in water into the milk mass and beat until a dense foam is obtained. To get a lush and stable mousse, culinary reviews advise placing a container with mass in a bowl with ice and whisking like that. Ready dessert, divide into portions, hold in the refrigerator and enjoy.
Zucchini with sour milk sauce is an excellent side dish for meat, sometimes acts as a warm salad. For cooking, you need circles of vegetables (you can also take zucchini ) into boiling water and boil for 4-5 minutes, then remove and spread out to cool a little.
While the vegetables are cooking, it's time to make the sauce. Finely chop dill into curdled milk and squeeze a couple of cloves of garlic, mix everything and add to zucchini. Mix vegetables with sauce, add olive oil and eat with meat, potatoes, or as a separate dish.
Dough for dumplings, fritters, pancakes is also prepared with sour milk. Yogurt is often replaced with kefir in okroshka and other cold soups.
The most common use in cooking is to drink it simply in cookies, bagels or the same pancakes.
How to apply in cosmetology
Those skin problems that (probably or really) are caused by the action of raw milk are easily eliminated by the sour product. Reviews on women's forums praise yogurt for excellent cleansing and toning the skin.
To improve the appearance of the face, curdled milk is used as a tonic or emulsion. To do this, wipe clean skin with a cotton pad several times, then wash with warm water. If the skin is dry, you can apply a nourishing cream after the procedure, for normal and oily skin - no additional funds are needed.
Noticeable results of this procedure will appear at the end of the first or second week of application. It is important not to use yogurt every day, but to apply 2-3 times a week. Lactic acid, which provides a beneficial effect on problem skin, can damage the epidermis in high concentrations.
Such rubbing with sour milk well exfoliates the upper stratum corneum, tightens the pores and cleanses them, increases the tone of the epidermis, and prolongs the youth of the cells. With the help of such a simple remedy, get rid of spots after acne and freckles.
An anti-freckle mask consists of sour milk, white clay and lemon juice. Milk and clay should be equally divided (for one use, a tablespoon), and lemon juice is enough for a teaspoon. The resulting mixture should be applied to clean skin and held for 15-20 minutes, then rinsed with warm and cold water.
Dry hair mask helps to restore moisture balance and restore each hair. For it, you will need to mix one part of fresh and two parts of sour milk, for one application you will need 5-6 tablespoons of curdled milk and 2-3 whole products. The resulting mixture should be applied to the entire length of the hair, except for the roots, and hold for 20-25 minutes.
Curdled milk: easy and simple at home
Previously, we decided that ordinary sour milk is a drink that fermented on its own. We also learned that such a product is not safe to use, as it is fraught with eating disorders, it is quite possible to use it for cosmetic purposes or for baking.
To get all the beneficial properties of an acidic drink, you need natural curdled milk - a dairy product fermented in a special way. To do this, you need to add a special starter culture to fresh milk. There are ready-made formulations for curdled milk, which can be bought at a pharmacy or eco-product stores.
It is even easier and more affordable to use natural yogurt or full-fat sour cream, they also have similar bifidobacteria and will provide the desired starter. The easiest way to find, of course, sour cream, using its example and consider the recipe for homemade yogurt. For cooking, you need to choose enameled dishes.
One liter of fresh milk will require only 4 tablespoons of sour cream. All utensils that will be involved in the cooking process should be perfectly clean, and the ingredients should be as natural as possible. First, fresh milk must be boiled and cooled to room temperature. Then add sour cream to it and mix everything well, cover tightly with a lid and a towel. The saucepan with the workpiece must be placed in a basin of hot water and constantly pour a little more boiling water into it so that approximately the same temperature is maintained.
In this form, the container with curdled milk should stand for 3-4 hours. When it cools down, the finished product is packaged in jars and covered with lids. The beneficial properties of such curdled milk last no more than three days, so you need to enjoy a homemade fermented milk product as soon as possible.
Yogurt: to drink or not to drink
left - apply on the face. The useful properties of this product are much greater than the negative suspicions from the opponents of lactose.
It is easy to make at home and has unlimited uses. To experience the beneficial effects of sour milk, try to drink it regularly: pathogens and fungi will not have a chance to spoil your well-being.