Believe it not, it’s super easy to make yogurt! I started making my own yogurt when I was in high school. Back then, the method I used involved putting the milk mixture in a mason jar, then setting the jar in a casserole dish of warm water. That got put in the oven (turned off) overnight. In the morning, I either had a quart of yogurt – or a quart of sour milk.
How I make yogurt – in 5 easy steps
I made yogurt every week, and got disgusted with the iffy results, That’s when I discovered that there were yogurt makers! I got my first yogurt maker back in the 80s, and have always had 100% perfect results.
What you will need for making your first batch of yogurt:
Milk and one small container of yogurt with active cultures (you can use plain yogurt, or vanilla if you don’t mind a faint vanilla flavour). If I have a little whipping cream in the fridge, I use that in the mixture, since it makes a thicker yogurt. You can also use soy milk, but it must be less than half of the mixture, otherwise the yogurt won’t set. My batches are normally 1 cup of cream, 2 cups of soy milk, and 2 cups of whole or 2% milk, and this makes 8 jars of yogurt.
Measure out the milk (and cream and/or soy milk) in a large liquid measuring cup.
Pour the milk mixture into a sauce pan, and heat at medium until the milk is just about to boil.
Let the mixture cool to 110 degrees. Most yogurt makers come with a thermometer that has an “Add Starter” range marked on it. Add at least two tablespoons of the active culture yogurt, which is your starter. Stir until smooth. After your first batch, just save a few tablespoons of yogurt to start the next batch.
Carefully pour the mixture into the cups that come with the yogurt maker, and put the plastic lids on. Set the timer for 10 or 11 hours for the best results.
Once the yogurt has finished “cooking”, place all the jars in the refrigerator and chill.
Now that you have a batch of yogurt, you can add vanilla extract, bananas, strawberries, or anything you like.
Frozen Yogurt Popsicles
In the summer, I use those plastic popsicle molds to make peach or strawberry popsicles. YUM!
You can also use your homemade yogurt to make yogurt cheese! It’s a soft cheese, somewhat like cream cheese. To make it, put yogurt in cheesecloth, and let it drain overnight in the fridge. I like to use the Donvier wave container.
Once the yogurt has drained, add herbs and/or spices and a little salt.
My favourite mix is a little oregano, basil and garlic salt. This tastes great on crackers!
What do you think? Will you be making your own yogurt from now on?