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Fermented Milk Products from All Over the World. Quark

Quark is a very interesting type of dairy product that you won’t find anywhere else but in Germany. It is a very interesting combination of soft cheese and thick yogurt. But, even if may resemble yogurt, it is not considered a yogurt in Germany, but more a fresh cheese type, which is consumed shortly after being made, without passing it through any aging process. Due to its thickness, quark isn’t consumed just for breakfast, but also as a snack or dessert, or a topping to a warm dish, like potatoes. It has a pleasant soft texture and mild taste, not being sour and tangy as yogurt is. And the best part of it is that you can eat it in any way you like. You can add fruits and granola to it or c

Fermented Milk Products from All Over the World. Sauermilch or Dickmilch (soured milk or thickened m

Sauermilch or Dickmilch, which mean soured milk or thickened milk, is actually fresh milk that was left to ferment, in a natural manner, by being left in a warm spot for one or two days. The milk contains sugar and good bacteria, which will automatically start the fermentation process if the right conditions are met. In other words, the milk spoils, although this doesn’t mean that it can’t be consumed. On the contrary, this is the sauermilch or dickmilch we are talking about. After the milk thickened, without doing anything but leaving it in a warm place, you will have to gently remove the whey and keep the coagulated mass to be enjoyed as thickened milk. To make your dickmilch last longer,

Fermented Milk Products from All Over the World. Viili

Viili is a very interesting type of yogurt, original from Scandinavia and prepared not just in Finland, but also in Sweden, with a velvety but rather slimy consistency. There are two different types of viili prepared in Finland, which are called the “short” and “long” versions. The short version looks very much like regular yogurt that is found in stores, having a mild and pleasant taste. The long version has a ropy texture, even elastic, and has a beautiful honey-like taste and flavor. Just like other types of Scandinavian fermented milk products, viili is also made by using mesophilic cultures, which can develop without a problem at lower temperatures than usually required for milk’s ferme

Fermented Milk Products from All Over the World. Piimä (Finland)

Foods that are preserved through fermentation are rather famous in the Nordic countries, just like Finland, where food, especially scarce during the long and cold winters, had to be made to last in the best way possible. Piimä, which is a type of liquid, drinkable yogurt, is one of these foods. This product has a very thin consistency, so it can be easily served out of a glass. With a mild and nutty flavor that is very pleasant, piimä is much appreciated, especially in the warm summer months, when it is consumed as it is or with a pinch of salt. But it can also be used as a salad dressing, as an option for breakfast when served with granola, cereal, or fruits, or it can be drained in order t

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