It has been a while since I have posted on my blog. I was sick for a little while, but I’m fine now, then I bagan working again after 11 years of being a stay at home mom, and I have a new grand daughter.
First before I begin about my new job, I need to post this recipe for making homemade yogurt. My daughter was asking about it since it is cheaper to make yogurt than it is to buy especiallyt if you get the milk on sale.
So, for any of you out there who are interested in making your own yogurt here we go…
You do not need a fancy yogurt maker, here is mine: Canning jars, heating pad and the box the canning jars came in and a large towel or two.
The supplies you will need to make the yogurt are a large stanless steal pot, a candy thermometer, milk and yogurt for the starter. You will only need a small amout of the yogurt for a starter, so don’t buy a quart container, 8 oz. will do.
When you buy your yogurt make sure you buy one with “live active” cultures. Dannon is the least expensive one I have found on the market. Read the lable it will tell you if the cultures are live and active.
The first step is to heat the milk to 190-200 degrees F, in the stainless steel pan.
Once it reaches that temperature (take care not to let it boil), you want to cool the milk down to 120 degrees F. I do this by filling my sink with cold water and placing the pot in. The water helps reduce the temperature quite rapidly, so don’t walk away during this step.
Once it has cooled to 120 degrees F, whisk two tablespoons of yogurt into the milk. I’ve tried using different amounts of yogurt to start my yogurt and I’ve actually found that the smaller amounts work better than larger amounts. A tablespoon for every 3-4 cups of milk.
There was also a time during which I stirred some dry milk into each batch of yogurt I made.
After the yogurt starter has been stirred into the milk, pour this mixture into the canning jars, put the lids on. Place the jars into the canning jar box with the heating pad placed in the bottom of the box and turned up to high.
After about 4 hours you have nice warm yogurt. Label and date the jars of yogurt and place them in the refrigerator.
Think about it when you can get milk on sale, which here where I live milk is on sale somewhere at least twice a month for $1.67 a gallon. This means you can have a gallon of yogurt for $1.67.
Not that this is plain yogurt. If you want flavored yogurt you just add your own flavorings, sweeteners and fruit when you are ready to eat it. I use my yogurt in my baking, pancake batters, and muffin batter. Use it where ever you might use milk in your baking.