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    • Make Your Own Yogurt

      Although the thought of making yogurt can seem a bit overwhelming, This is the easiest recipe that you can make at home. It's as simple as Boiling Milk!

      First, gather your ingredients you need:

      * 1 qt of Whole, LowFat or Non-Fat Milk
      * 1 1/2 Tbs. preservative free, un-flavored yogurt (Live Cultures)
      Preheat oven to 200F.
      Pour milk into a saucepan over medium heat, bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

      Once the milk reaches a boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer (not boil!) for 2 minutes.
      Remove from heat and allow to cool until the temperature reaches 110-115 degrees. (I recommend an Instant Read thermometer rather than a candy thermometer).

      Turn OFF the Oven.
      In a medium size bowl blend 1 1/2 Tbs live yogurt with 1/2 c. milk. (This is done separately to prevent curdling and killing of the healthy bacteria.) Add the yogurt/milk mix into the saucepan and stir well.
      Evenly divide the contents of your saucepan into 2 bowls (of equal size), covering with saran wrap (any plastic wrap will do). Place the bowls into the warm oven with a hand towel draped over them both.
      It can take anywhere from 6-15 hours for the yogurt to properly set. Check after 6 hours to see if it has gelled, if the yogurt has not yet gelled, place it back in the oven, covered and check every 2 hours. As soon as the yogurt has set, refrigerate it.
      The longer the yogurt is refrigerated, the more tangy the flavor will become. To make flavored yogurt, add 1 tsp vanilla extract to the Finished/refrigerated product. (Or add any flavor extract for various fruited flavors!).



      Liss Notes on Variations:

      Our favorite yogurt used to be Dannon Vanilla, but I've managed to make my own by adding 2 tsp Vanilla Extract and 1 T. Sugar to the above finished product. My family couldn't taste the difference!

      For a little variety simply add fruit to make a dessert, herbs for a potato topping or to make a chilled soup for those hot summer nights.
      Comments 13 Comments
      1. otoolesgx's Avatar
        otoolesgx -
        Is the 1/2 c milk mixed with the active yogurt from the heated milk, or is it cold milk?
      1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
        FreebieQueen -
        from the heated milk- which has (been removed from the heat) & cooled (on it's own by resting away from heat) to between 110-115 degrees.


      1. mom2boyz's Avatar
        mom2boyz -
        Homemade Yogurt in the Crock Pot Recipe

        1/2 gallon milk (Whole milk will make the yogurt thicker, but any milk will work.)
        1/2 cup plain unflavored yogurt (Any kind with live active cultures will work. Be sure to save a half cup of this batch of homemade yogurt to use as a starter next time!)
        Pour the half gallon of milk into your crock pot and turn it on low. Cook it for 2 hours and 45 minutes (set the timer to remember to turn it off!)

        After 2 hours and 45 minutes, turn the crock pot off and let it sit down 3 hours.

        Spoon a small amount of the milk into a small bowl and add the half cup of yogurt to it. Mix together thoroughly.

        Dump this mixture back into the milk in the crock pot and mix it around well.

        Put the lid back on your crock pot and wrap the crock pot with a large beach towel or blanket (make sure the crock pot is unplugged and turned off!). Yes, I know, it sounds a little ridiculous to wrap a crock pot with a beach towel, but I did some research online and it seems that the experts recommend this step as it helps keep the heat in the crock pot and allows it to cool more slowly.

        Let the beach-towel-wrapped crock pot sit for 8-12 hours (or overnight). After 8-12 hours, it should be thickened.

        Spoon yogurt into jars or plastic containers and refrigerate a few hours before eating.

        This will keep for one to two weeks in the refrigerator. Be sure to save a half cup to use as a starter for your next batch of homemade yogurt.
      1. MabelMartha's Avatar
        MabelMartha -
        These are great instructions. And what money savers! Yogurt prices have gone through the roof!
      1. peads92470's Avatar
        peads92470 -
        The recipe says any kind of milk, can you use reconstituted dry milk? My hubby loves yogurt and it is expensive!
      1. luckwo's Avatar
        luckwo -
        This is interesting will have to try it. So glad I found this site.
      1. Ketsyc's Avatar
        Ketsyc -
        Has anyone had problems with cold sores after eating store bought yogurt but tried homemade and didn't have a reaction? I love yogurt but can't eat it because of the reaction. I am curious if it is just a reaction for store bought because of the citric acid ( I am very sensitive to this- citric fruits are not on my enjoy list either). I can't figure out if the citric acid is something that is naturally in this or if its an unneeded additive.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Ketsyc View Post
        Has anyone had problems with cold sores after eating store bought yogurt but tried homemade and didn't have a reaction? I love yogurt but can't eat it because of the reaction. I am curious if it is just a reaction for store bought because of the citric acid ( I am very sensitive to this- citric fruits are not on my enjoy list either). I can't figure out if the citric acid is something that is naturally in this or if its an unneeded additive.
        Citric acid is used in many commercial foods as a preservative. It does not naturally occur in plain yogurt! I hope you enjoy your homemade yogurt
      1. morningstar74's Avatar
        morningstar74 -
        I made this last night and it is Amazing! My kids love it with honey. Thanks!
      1. journey911's Avatar
        journey911 -
        I tried this recipe using the crockpot, but I turned it on high for 2 hours and 45 and then let it cool for 3 hours. It didi set but will it affect the final product.... did I over cook the milk. Also does this technique work for greek yogurt? What kind of milk should I use to get very thick yogurt?
        Journey911
      1. ABerg's Avatar
        ABerg -
        I've been experimenting with homemade yogurt on and off for the last year or two. The success of the yogurt depends highly on the incubation period after it has been cooled. While I'm making the yogurt, I preheat oven to 250. When I put the yogurt in the oven I wrap in a crocheted towel and turn the oven off, but leave the oven light on. I keep it in there overnight without opening the oven door. This keeps the temp consistently low to help with the cultures. Also, I freeze the original store bought yogurt in ice cube trays and then thaw a few out as I make new yogurt. You'll notice that with each new batch of yogurt you make, the culture will get weaker and weaker if the MYO stuff.
      1. ABerg's Avatar
        ABerg -
        Quote Originally Posted by journey911 View Post
        I tried this recipe using the crockpot, but I turned it on high for 2 hours and 45 and then let it cool for 3 hours. It didi set but will it affect the final product.... did I over cook the milk. Also does this technique work for greek yogurt? What kind of milk should I use to get very thick yogurt?
        Journey911
        If I want thicker yogurt, I add some dry milk flakes to the batch. This takes a little experimenting to get it right. Also, make sure you whip the culture into the mix really well (this won't weaken the culture as some people say). I also make and keep mine in a mason jar, so when I store it in the frig, I turn the jar upside down and will always have thick yogurt when I open the jar.
      1. ejpoeta's Avatar
        ejpoeta -
        Quote Originally Posted by journey911 View Post
        I tried this recipe using the crockpot, but I turned it on high for 2 hours and 45 and then let it cool for 3 hours. It didi set but will it affect the final product.... did I over cook the milk. Also does this technique work for greek yogurt? What kind of milk should I use to get very thick yogurt?
        Journey911
        turn it on low instead of high. that's what the recipe says. good luck


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