New Cultures

Yogurt!!!
I love it, don’t you? Why not make your own? That way you know exactly what goes into it, and you can make it according to your tastes. Every morning my mom eats a scoop of yogurt over some sliced apples, topped with slivered almonds and dried cranberries. It’s delicious! She was complaining that the store bought yogurt was sickeningly sweet, so we started to look for a recipe to make our own!
We found one that worked for us and since we have adapted it even more.
Making yogurt is NOT time consuming or complicated. Don’t be scared away by the thermometer or total incubation time!!!
What you will need:
1 Gallon of Whole Milk
1/2 Cup Sugar (you could sub honey or maple syrup, but we used plain old white cane sugar)
1 TBSP Vanilla Extract
8 oz Plain yogurt (as a starter)
Food Thermometer
Cooler
Qt. Jars

1.In a big pot heat the milk to 185 Degrees F


2. Once it reached 185, transfer pot to a sink filled with cold water and wait for the milk to cool to 120 Degrees F

3. While the milk is cooling you can add the vanilla and sugar, or if you want plain yogurt just leave those out
4. Once the milk reaches 120 take a cup or so out to mix with the plain yogurt. The pour the incorporated yogurt/milk mixture into the pot of 120 Degree milk and stir
5. Transfer milk into quart jars, and put them in the cooler filled with 120 Degree water for 3-5 hours.
120 degrees is the perfect temperature for the live cultures in yogurt to multiply!

6. Sit and stare at the cooler while the yogurt is incubating. Don’t move a muscle!!!
(or go get a pedicure with you mom, sister, boyfriend mother, and boyfriends grandmother)

The color is OPI’s “It’s all Greek to me”
 

 Step 7. Make a super smoothie with a few scoops of yogurt, two hand-fulls of spinach (smoosh it up to get it to fit in the cup) banana, and strawberries

Directions:
1.In a big pot heat the milk to 185 Degrees F
2. Once it reached 185, transfer pot to a sink filled with cold water and wait for the milk to cool to 120 Degrees F
3. While the milk is cooling you can add the vanilla and sugar, or if you want plain yogurt just leave those out
4. Once the milk reaches 120 take a cup or so out to mix with the plain yogurt. The pour the incorporated yogurt/milk mixture into the pot of 120 Degree milk and stir
5. Transfer milk into quart jars, and put them in the cooler filled with 120 Degree water for 3-5 hours.

There you go! This post is getting a little long, so my next post will be on WHY to make your own yogurt.
Happy Mothers Day!

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8 Responses to New Cultures

  1. I found your post on 'Frugal by Choice' – can't wait to make my own yogurt this weekend!

  2. Oh my gosh, my first comment!!!!
    Good luck with your yogurt making, you'll have to let me know how it goes!

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