Making Yogurt

My whole family loves yogurt and once I found out how easy it is to make I quit buying it (unless I have to for new starter).  You don’t have to have any special equipment and there are instructions on the web for making it with things you probably have in your house already, but I went ahead and purchased a 2 liter capacity yogurt maker by Yogourmet. Here is a link to Amazon where you can purchase one for a reasonable price.
Yogourmet Electric Yogurt Maker

What you need:
1/2 gallon milk (I use 2%)
1/2 Cup nonfat dry milk (only because I don’t use whole milk)
1/2 Cup starter yogurt (use a good one until you have your own, like Brown Cow)

In a heavy saucepan stir the dry milk into the other milk and heat to 180 degrees F. Maintain this heat for a couple of minutes.  You will need to use a thermometer that clips on the side of the pan.  The Yogourmet comes with one.  I keep stirring so it doesn’t burn to the bottom.  Living at high altitude, this takes a long time to bring it to this heat.
Cool the milk to 110 degrees F.  I put about 1″ of water and ice cubes in my sink and put the pan in it to cool it more quickly.  Take about 1/4 C. of the cooled milk and stir it into the starter.  Any hotter than 110 deg. and it will kill the yogurt cultures.  Pour this mixture into the inner container of the yogurt maker and then pour the rest of the milk into it.  Put the cover on securely.  Put lukewarm water into the outer container of the yogurt maker up to the indicator line.  Insert the inner container into the outer one and plug it in.  I “process” it for about 7 hours.  Put the yogurt into container – I use quart canning jars and refrigerate.

That’s all there is to it.

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About mistysmedley

I'm 40-something years old, saved by Grace, married, and have 3 daughters, 2 of whom are twins. I have home schooled for 11 years. I like to quilt, cross stitch, cook, camp, hike, and spend time with my family. I'd like to learn more about photography.
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3 Responses to Making Yogurt

  1. Tiffani says:

    Yea! You have it up and running! I've never tried making yogurt yet. Have to add this to the list of things to try sometime!I noticed while setting up blogs for my kids this week, that there is a "pages" option for gadgets to add to your blog, and think this may be the key to the question you called about a few weeks ago, but haven't figured out how it works yet.

  2. Misty says:

    I haven't been really happy with the consistency of this yogurt so I increased the amount of dry milk to 1 C. and it made a more solid yogurt.

  3. Tiffani says:

    Do you think the "Greek" yogurts that are becoming more available now will work?

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