Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Making Yogurt

Yogurt making is not very difficult at all. It just takes milk and  yogurt starter or a 1/2 cup of plain yogurt with active cultures.  You can then add sweetner and flavor or fruit after the yogurt is completed.

Here is what you will need to make your own yogurt:
Yogurt Maker, crock pot, or insulated cooler, milk, quart jar and lid, pan, thermometer, and yogurt starter or culture.  I  have the Salton Yogurt maker and I really like t.  It came with a plastic insert, but I like to use a quart jar because I store it in the same jar.

First, measure out a quart of milk and put into a pan and heat on medium until it reaches 185 degrees.

When it reaches 185 degrees, place pan in a cold water bath to cool it down to 110 degrees.  Once it cools to 110, add your yogurt or yogurt starter and stir well.  Put the lid on and place jar into your yoghurt maker, crock pot(on warm)or into a cooler with warm water and leave it sit for 8 hours.  It needs to stay as close to 110 degrees as possible for the 8 hours. For this reason, I like the Salton yogurt maker--no worries about temps.
After the yogurt has incubated for 8 hours, take about 3/4 cup out and save the plain yogurt for your next batch.  Now you can add your sweetener of choice--sugar, honey, splenda, or maple syrup.  Then you can add vanilla flavoring or add fruit.  I added Slenda and frozen raspberries to mine. You are only limited by your imagination!
Now refrigerate and enjoy the next day!  Thats it, easy peasy!  Mmmmm, I cannot wait to have my raspberry yogurt for breakfast in the morning!


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