Making Yogurt

6:00 AM

 I got a yogurt maker for Christmas so I have been making homemade yogurt for the last couple of weeks.  Each time it comes out a little different.  The first batch was super tart. Each batch since then is a little less tart.  It's a work in progress.

I knew nothing about making yogurt before Christmas.  In fact I didn't realize how easy it was.  I've always bought yogurt at the market.  Not the super sweet kind, but just regular yogurt.   Like Brown Cow or Stonyfield Farm.  Those are my faves.  (But if we're talking about the best yogurt EVER- in my opinion- try Noosa- it's like dessert.  OMG it's good.)

Anyhoo, back to my yogurt...I googled "homemade yogurt maker recipe" and found this wonderful website, 101 Cookbooks, that gives step by step directions.  I've not strayed from these directions yet, but I feel some experimenting coming on.

Here is 4 cups whole milk with 1/3 powdered milk wisked in.  Heated to 180 degrees, but not boiled.


After the milk has cooled down to about 110 degrees, I added this yogurt culture.

Then I poured the milk into these handy cups and put them into the yogurt maker WITHOUT the lids.  The condensation on the lids will drip into the yogurt (ok I forgot to take a picture before it was finished).  Then turn on the maker and wait.  One batch was done in two hours, another took almost 4.  I just keep my eye on it.

Here is the end product!   That's it.  Easy Peazy.  Who knew it would be that easy to make  yogurt?  And I like knowing what is in my food!
I'm looking forward to trying to make different flavors of yogurt.  

And because I've been making yogurt, I had to make granola!  I just can't eat yogurt without some granola and fruit mixed in.  Mmmm.  Dee-lish. 


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9 comments

  1. Homemade yogurt?? You have my attention :)

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  2. oh I've always wanted to try making my own yogurt. I haven't gotten brave enough to try it yet but you make it seem so easy!

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    1. There are ways you can make it without a yogurt maker. I had no idea until I started googling recipes.

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  3. YUM!! how are you getting them less tart? Tart yogurt isn't my friend, but its what I always end up with.

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    1. My first batch was super tart, but each batch I've made since then has been with yogurt from the existing batch as a starter and has been less tart. I don't know if that has anything to do with it, but my next batch will be made with purchased organic yogurt to use as a starter. It's a big experiment!

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  4. Your yogurt maker looks really nice! I may have to get one for my mother, she currently has three smaller ones (she really loves her yogurt). Also thank you so much for the 101 cookbooks link, I have a feeling I'll be referring to that site frequently.

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    1. It's a great link, I've surfed through and have found some recipes from their site on pintrest.

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  5. How fun! I have a maker, but lost the cups during one of my many moves - you're inspiring me to get some more and get that ball rolling again! Can't wait to see what other flavors you make!

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  6. i made yogurt once but want to do it again. i used my crock pot and little mason jars. when i made it, possibly a year ago, i didn't like plain yogurt, so i made a really mild vanilla yogurt. it was good, but so different than the commercially flavored yogurt that we were used to. now we have transitioned to plain yogurt with jam and/or granola mixed in. so much better! i keep meaning to make a batch of plain yogurt. good job!

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