Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Homemade Yogurt- YES PLEASE!

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After my failed attempt at bread making yesterday, I wanted to redeem myself in the homemade food department. I, or hubby, I can't remember which, found this recipe online for making yogurt in a crockpot. I love yogurt, but I hate spending money on it because I eat it so fast. This seemed like the perfect solution! It's an easy recipe, only a few things you need to do, then it sits for 8 hours, or while you are sleeping, and ta-da- you have homemade yogurt!

Tools/Ingredients:
Heavy Towel
Crockpot
Milk
Yogurt Starter
Gelatin (optional)

The first 2 1/2 hours
Step 1: Buy milk. The recipe that I referenced used whole milk. I cut out the whole, and got skim milk. I knew that this was probably going to lead to a waterier yogurt, but I was ok with that. I bought a gallon, intending on using 1/2 for yogurt, and 1/2 for our regular consumption.

Step 2: Buy a yogurt starter. It has to have live/active cultures in it. Once you make your own yogurt however, you can use that as your starter, and then pocket that previously spent yogurt money. I couldn't find a smaller container, so I ended up with a quart, and only needed 1/2 cup, so extra yogurt for cooking and eating!

Step 3: Plug crockpot in, and turn on low. Pour in 1/2 gallon of milk, put lid on, and let it sit for 2 and 1/2 hours.

Finished Yogurt
Step 4: Unplug crockpot, leave lid on, and let sit for another 3 hours.

Step 5: Remove 2 cups of milk from crockpot, and mix with 1/2 cup yogurt. Stir well to completely mix. If adding gelatin, do it now. (The gelatin helps it thicken up a bit if using skim milk)

Step 6: Pour yogurt mixture back into crockpot. Mix well.

Step 7: Wrap crockpot up in heavy towel to keep away drafts. I even went a step further and put the towel-wrapped crockpot into my oven to insulate better

All ready to be refrigerated!
Step 8: Wait 8 hours, or while you sleep. After the long time span, unwrap, remove lid, and Voila! Yogurt! If you want to add fruit, I recommend doing it after the yogurt has been refrigerated, as you dish out each serving.

Now, because I used skim milk, mine was a bit watery, but not anything more than low fat yogurt that you buy from the store. I added the gelatin to thicken it up a bit, but I have also read that you can add milk powder, or use greek yogurt.

This was my first attempt at yogurt making, and I love it! It tastes the same as store bought, if not better, and is a fraction of the cost! For the price of a 1/2 of gallon of milk, I have a 1/2 gallon of yogurt! I am making yogurt from home for now on! I plan on experimenting with adding honey for sweetener, and trying a greek yogurt in the near future!





What are your favorite yogurt flavors?

2 comments:

  1. Hey Lindsay, where did you get your yogurt starter? I have seen them on etsy, but it makes me nervous. Mindy

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  2. Hey Mindy- my yogurt starter was actually just regular yogurt. I bought Dannon, Plain, all natural that contained active and live cultures. There are other brands that do as well. I also read that you can use a Greek Yogurt for a starter- just check for the active and live cultures. Hope that helps!

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