What We’re Eating: Yogurt Leathers & OXO Food Mill Review – Cooking.com

SCD Yogurt Leather

Since my daughter can no longer eat candy or gum, I wanted to come up with a sweet alternative for her.

I read that yogurt leather was like “Laffy Taffy”, which I have since discovered isn’t really accurate, but the yogurt leather is still a tasty, healthy, chewy treat.

Here’s how I make it:

– 1 cup SCD Yogurt (instructions here)
– 1/2 cup cooked fruit puree

Mix both items together and pour onto Paraflexx or parchment paper and put into a dehydrator (I use a 9 tray Excalibur dehydrator) at 135 for 4-8 hours depending on how thick your mixture is. The first few times I made yogurt leathers, I used a blender to mix the fruit into the yogurt, but I found the mixture became too thin. I prefer a thicker consistency so it is chewy instead of crunchy.

Since we are in the early stages of following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) (we just passed the six month mark!), I still need to cook all fruit (except raw bananas) that my daughter eats. I also need to remove as much of the skin and seeds in the fruit as possible.

SCD Yogurt Leather

I have been using frozen organic blueberries, strawberries and raspberries to make the yogurt leathers, which means lots of little seeds and no easy way to remove skins. Until I get the Vitamix, my OXO Food Mill is the next best solution I know of for removing the bulk of the seeds and skin.

SCD Yogurt Leather

I saw this food mill demoed at a cooking techniques class last summer and immediately added it to my list of kitchen gadgets to buy.

SCD Yogurt Leather

What I like about the OXO Food Mill:

– Study, well-made
– Easy-to-hold handle
– Folding “feet” to allow you to set the food mill on a pot or bowl up to 11 inches in diameter and folding feet means easier storage!
– OXO brand (I have been happy with 90% of their products)
– Three grinding discs for fine, medium and coarse textures
– Easy to clean and dishwasher safe!
– Easy to use

What I don’t like:
– It took me a little time to figure out how to put the product together. I rarely read instructions, but gave up and had to with this product. Once I figured out how to assemble and disassemble it, I haven’t had any difficulties.

– The first time I used the fine grinding disc, I did not realize that fruit pulp was stuck to the bottom of the disc. Only juice fell into the bowl. This is great if you only want juice, but a bit more work if you want the pulp. I just use a spoon to scrape the pulp into the bowl. This is not a major issue, but I felt like I wasted pulp the first time I used it because I didn’t realize it was sitting there.

SCD Yogurt Leather

In addition to how I use the food mill, other uses include making homemade jellies, baby food, applesauce, vegetable soups, mashed potatoes and salsa.

The OXO Food Mill retails for $49.95 at Cooking.com, where customers gave the product rave reviews.

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8 Responses to “What We’re Eating: Yogurt Leathers & OXO Food Mill Review – Cooking.com”

  1. November 23rd, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Elissa says:

    I love my stand mixer! I can leave it to mix dough, etc. while I prepare other items. A real timesaver!

    # 1
  2. November 23rd, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Patsy Sutton says:

    I use my Breville juicer a lot…. something I would buy again in a heartbeat!

    # 2
  3. November 25th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Mary J says:

    mY favorite kitchen gadget is a cheese handled grate.

    # 3
  4. November 25th, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Leigh S. says:

    Hi, Susan. It’s hard to choose just one gadget. Hmm. I guess it would have to be our new stand mixer or perhaps the blender. In terms of use, though, our coffeemaker is quite the trooper! : D

    Thanks much!

    # 4
  5. November 26th, 2010 at 10:22 am

    SLS(atlmuzikfanzinc) says:

    My favorite kitchen gadget is my blender.

    # 5
  6. November 26th, 2010 at 11:04 am

    nan says:

    i like my cuisanart mini food processor
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    # 6
  7. November 26th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Cindy says:

    Food processor.

    # 7
  8. November 27th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Teresa says:

    I like my food chopper. It makes cooking so fast and easy!

    # 8