Introducing viili, a traditional Scandinavian yogurt that is mild in taste with a velvety texture. Make your own with this viili yogurt starter culture!
This versatile yogurt can be enjoyed plain, with syrup, with fruits or any other delicious ingredients. Its amusing texture will charm you!
Viili, being part of a family of yogurts called mesophilic yogurts, ferments at room temperature. They are very easy to make - you won't even need a yogurt maker!
Simply add the viili starter to milk in a clean container, mix, and let it rest at room temperature for 24 hours. As simple as that! (See the full mesophilic yogurt recipe).
Do not forget to keep a little bit of viili yogurt aside in a cool place to use to start your next batch. The viili culture reproduces very easily for an economical and durable option!
What is Viili?
Viili is a kind of mesophilic yogurt native to Scandinavia. It has a gelatinous consistency and a pleasantly mild taste resulting from lactic acid.
This dairy product is fermented under the microbial action of lactic bacteria and yeast-like mold (Geotrichum candidum) which forms a velvety surface on the viili.
The following lactic acid bacteria have been identified in viili:
- Lactococcus lactis subsp. Cremoris (produces viilian, similar to the kefiran produced by milk kefir grains)
- Lactococcus lactis subsp. biovar lactis. diacetylactis
- Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. Cremoris
- Ingredients: powdered cow's milk, dehydrated live active cultures
- Contains 3 capsules to be used whole (each can ferment up to 2 litres of milk)
- Keeps for 18 months in the freezer in original packaging
To rehydrate, see how to activate a dehydrated viili starter.
I wish I had known earlier that you could make the best-tasting yogurt so easily on your counter. I have never had anything like this texture before, but I absolutely love it! This is definitely my favorite yogurt now!
I'm so happy with my viili. It's perfect. Brings back childhood memories of home, and visiting my family in Finland. It's so easy to make, so I recommend trying it. It's so much better than kefir.
This viili tastes just like my mother used to make & what one would get in Finland! Pleasantly surprised that the little capsules would so easily create this wonderful treat! I make it with 3.25% pur filtered whole milk, in a mason jar. So easy from the pantry to the fridge... thank you so much! 🥰😻
This tastes exactly like the viili sold in supermarkets in Finland. So easy to make and the results are so satisfying.
I bought this crop a few months ago and since then it has been rolling in my fridge and on my counter, very easy to do, much more than the yogurt we normally have in Quebec. is a yogurt for "lazy" and that's one of the reasons I like it, the texture is rather gelatinous / slimy and it's less appealing to some people ... it's all about to get used to it.