Thursday, July 14, 2011
Make your own yogurt.
Making your own yogurt needs no special equipment, except a candy thermometer. If you don't have one, it's o.k. You won't ruin the product.
Make it in the evening, before you go to bed. In the morning, the yogurt will be ready for you.
One quart of whole milk
2Tablespoons of commercial yogurt with live culture
Heat the milk to boiling point and pour it out in an non-metal container.
Cool it to 105F (a candy thermometer helps!)
Mix the yogurt with the 2 T of milk and add to the lukewarm mixture. The mixture will have formed a creamy film; so, pour your yogurt mix at the edge, not disturbing the film.
Cover and wrap in a towel.
Place in a cooler to keep warm overnight. 8-12 hours is optimal.
Chill and flavor as you wish.
I flavor 1/2 of the mixture with honey and the other half, I strain in a cheesecloth for a good four hours, so the result is a thick, cream-cheese consistency. I keep this unflavored, for using on toast or over a potato, or...
Don't forget to save 2T to start your next batch!
This makes 2-3 cups of yogurt.