Homemade Yogurt

After reading about Sarah’s homemade yogurt, I decided to dust off my own yogurt maker and make a batch. I began by heating 42 oz of skim milk in a large saucepan. Once the milk began to boil, I turned off the heat and let it cool to warm room temperature. Boil 42 oz of milk

I poured the milk into a pitcher and added a packet of culture (you could also do it the old school way and add a cup of already made yogurt instead). Note: DO NOT mix the culture into very hot milk as the heat will kill the culture. The milk should be room temp. I stirred everything together and then divided the milk-culture mixture amongst the 7 glass containers.

Add culture

Once the containers were situated in the yogurt maker, I plugged it in and turned it on. Skim milk usually takes about 7-8 hours to turn into yogurt. Low-fat and whole milk will take less time. It’s very important that the yogurt maker is not moved or disturbed during the incubation period. I usually turn the yogurt maker on right before I go to bed and then unplug it when I wake up.Incubate for 7-8 hours

Once you unplug the yogurt maker, carefully remove the glass jars, cover, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before enjoying. Making your own yogurt IS a lot of work, but it’s very economical. For about $1 worth of milk, I was able to make seven 5 ounce jars of yogurt. I like to add fruit preserves and granola to my homemade yogurt, yum!Refrigerate and enjoy!

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8 Responses

  1. That’s so neat! Can you make different flavors during the process?

  2. homemade yogurt is the best!! :-)

  3. I didn’t even know you had a yogurt maker! You know Jesse is going to want to do this.

  4. Hi! Thanks for reading about my adventures in homemade yogurt :-) You can definitely experiment with different flavors. To flavor the milk before it becomes yogurt, you could add fruit puree (cook a little fruit and sugar on the stove), cocoa powder, instant coffee, etc.

  5. yay! a yogurt maker would be a great 4-year anniversary gift for Jesse :-)

  6. Jen,
    I’m telling you right now: Homemade yogurt is not an acceptable present for the members of your wedding party. Jesse better not get any ideas…

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