Recipe by Naomi Witzke
"For us DIY-ers, this is an easy way to make creamy, smooth yogurt at home! It tastes GREAT, and it works! It is yummier and cheaper than store-bought. When you read it, you might think it is too involved... but really, you just let it sit in the warm water, checking the temp every now and then. It actually does its own work - kind of like letting bread dough rise. I use the time to get other things done around the house. Don't be scared off - it's really pretty easy."
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plain yogurt with active cultures
**I have an easy way to keep it warm without using the stove..but first I'll say I .....I have made this tons of times...as long as you use the powdered milk, it will be thick enough. I follow the directions, but once it hits 115 degrees and I've added the live cultures, I pour it in jars, and set on a heating pad on low, with the jar wrapped in a towel and a metal pan over it. 7 or 8 hours works great. (I learned the heating pad trick from the book "the complete tightwad gazette") and it ALWAYS works. If you go for a longer time, it gets more tart. I have used it in place of sour cream in recipes, and when I make some, I put some in an ice cube tray and freeze, so I have some to use as the starter for my next batch. YUM!
This was not to my liking! it was lumpy and grainy textured and I did not care for the taste. This is my second attempt at making yogurt the first time i used real milk this time i used the powdered milk. i will definitely stay with the real milk it was really good i don't even know why i was thinking about changing recipe.
I made three batches right away and we like it. I left one plain to use in place of sour cream,and then added about two teaspoons of honey and about a teaspoon of vanilla to the milk mixture of the other two after I stirred the yogurt in before pouring into jars. I then used my crock pot to keep the mixture at the right tempurature. I covered the jars with warm water and set it on low uncovered. I watched the temperature and turned it off and covered it when it reached 110 degrees. If it dropped to low I would turn it back on. It was ready in four hours. Very good recipe!
I use whole milk and skip the milk powder. I increase the yogurt starter to 1/2cup. I sterilize everything that touches the yogurt before I start. For incubation, I pour the yogurt into a glass casserole dish, wrap it with a towel, and leave in the oven with the pilot light on between 7-8 hours. Very easy to make, and the yogurt turns out well every time.
I too used a crock pot on low and then "keep warm" setting once a temp of 115 was met.
Very easy base recipe. It looks difficult but with an instant thermometer the process is made so simple. I used my slow cooker to maintain the warm water bath and the yogurt was ready in 4 hours. The process is long but very low maintenance so I was able to get school work done - I just had to take a minute periodically to check the water temperature. Thanks for sharing!
As an aside: this recipe also makes a great start for something like cream cheese. Just add a few pinches of salt and pour it into a muslin cloth or cloth table napkin. Tie the top with a rubber band and let it drain over a bowl in the fridge for a couple days (use a strainer to keep the cloth out of the drained whey.) I ate my cream cheese on crackers and it tasted so clean and fresh! The drained whey I added in place of water to soup for added protein.
For reviewer purists, I changed the recipe slightly but feel the general information is very useful never-the-less. I used half the liquid (don't need that much yogurt at on time) but used 1 and a half cups of powdered milk (since I was experimenting on getting a thicker consistency). I also did not use my oven to keep it warm but rather put it in a cooler with other bottles of hot water and covered in towels to super insular the lot. It seemed to pretty quickly even out at 104 degrees and let it go from 4pm to 5am (13 hours). Consistency was a lot thicker than last time, not runny. now only complaint is it was a wee bit grainy which I have lined up for experiment #3: less powder.
This is really easy to do and very forgiving. I didn't take the time to make sure the temp was exact and still turned out great. I need to make some more.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Homemade Plain Yogurt
Serving Size: 1/5 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 5
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 33
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