Health is wealth — this is probably one of the most used lines in the history. And when you are a Filipino, and all the more a millennial, you have probably heard your parents and/or grandparents telling you, “Noon, nabubuhay naman kami sa kamote at gulay lang (Before, we managed to live even with just crops).”
While it is true that we could really live with just organic food and remain healthy (and thrifty as it is cheaper especially if you’re from countryside), we just have to admit that we cannot escape technology, so why not just instead embrace it. Simply, what I am trying to say is that we can be techy while at the same be healthy, and I know one product that allows us to that — the gelicious yogurt (pun intended) of Geli Foods.
GELI Foods started in August 8, 2012 by a veteran food technologist specializing in dairy products. It is a home-based milk processing operation focusing on fermented milk products and cheeses utilizing latest knowledge in processing techniques combined with artisan skills. He decided to venture on his own business after more than 10 years of working in dairy development program of the government and private sector as project development officer and processing specialist.
GELI Foods can process up to 200 liters per day of plain (unflavored) and fruit-flavored yogurt using a bain-marie method and follows a standard incubation time to achieve the right acidity and consistency all the time.
Its cheeses are made using traditional techniques of an artisan cheese maker. From the ways of how cottage cheese is made in Laguna to European feta, it is carefully followed and improved to suit the local taste.
The source of milk is from the highlands of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon where cows are fed with fresh grasses and plenty of water at Green Acres Dairy Farm. The cows are holstein-sahiwal crosses and are grazed freely in assigned paddocks planted with improved grasses and legumes. Milk is harvested using double-bucket milking machines and stored in milk cooling tanks before delivery to GELI Foods.
Fruits and Yogurt Creations is a stirred yogurt made from real fresh milk from a dairy farm in Bukidnon, fermented perfectly using selected bacterial cultures and added with mature and sun-ripe mangoes and imported blueberry and strawberry preserves to achieve the right blend of creamy, fruity and tartish taste just right for Filipino palates.
A batch of Geli Fruits & Yogurt Creations starts by pasteurizing the milk to 80 degrees Celsius to eliminate pathogenic microorganisms and conditions the protein in milk. It is then cooled to 43 degrees Celsius and yogurt cultures of Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus are added. Fermentation takes about 6-8 hours for the yogurt cultures multiply and produce enough lactic acid for yogurt to become sour. At this stage, milk that was pasteurized, inoculated with yogurt culture and incubated for 6 – 8 hours is now called yogurt!
Fruit preserves and sugar are then added to the yogurt coining the name “stirred yogurt” or Swiss-style (US).
Since their yogurt contains billions of probiotics (live microorganisms) it needs to be refrigerated (4 degrees Celsius) to preserve its freshness and ideal taste. It also has a shelf-life of 3 weeks from date of production.
Since its product launch in August 2012, Blueberry flavor became the most sought fermented dairy product in Cagayan de Oro and Cebu City while Strawberry flavor was more popular in Tandag City. But with the latest addition of Mango flavor (my personal fave) to the product line, it became a hit in all places instantly.
Geli Fruits & Yogurt Creations available at the following:
Cagayan de Oro City: Seda Centrio Hotel (breakfast), Rustan’s Centrio, Rustan’s Wellcome Supermarket, Shopwise Limketkai, and Vjandep Bakeshop Bulua.
Cebu City: Rustan’s Fresh Supermarket Ayala Center, and Oakridge Business Park.
Tandag City: Per order basis
You may also contact them through:
call: (088) 850-9228 or text 09165157069
or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org