by, 12-09-2008 at 11:47 PM (544 Views)
Here are the details about my very first ever yogurt-making experience!
I used nonfat dry milk and Dannon Natural to start. My method used my crockpot. I used a 6 qt crock pot.
2 quarts of milk (reconstituted with an extra 2/3 cup dry milk included) go into the crockpot. Set the dial to low, and allow to warm for 2 1/2 hours.
Wait patiently for your timer to go off, then, without taking the cover off, turn the crock pot off completely and let your milk rest for 3 hours.
Once you've waited patiently again, go ahead and take the lid off. Scoop out a couple ladles full of your warm milk and put it in a bowl. Whisk in 1/2 cup of plain yogurt. Add this back to your crockpot. Put the lid back on.
And carefully and fully cover your crock pot with a very warm blanket. I used my husband's Army-issue (shhhhh! lol) sleeping bag because it is insulating:
Now the hard part comes. You have to leave it alone for EIGHT WHOLE HOURS, undisrupted! It's so tempting to peek, but just leave it alone.
Eight hours later, and wayyy past your bedtime AND your daughter's bedtime (who couldn't resist the opportunity to stay up late and try mom's latest idea...thank goodness for home school's laid back schedule!) unveil your creation and pray that the concoction will coat a spoon.
Here it is, unveiled and looking promising and SMELLING LIKE YOGURT!!!
And here's the ultimate test: the spoon coating test. Homemade yogurt is not as thick as store-bought, because it has no gelatin or pectin in it. It can be thickened with either, or by straining through a coffee filter or cheese cloth, I've learned, but this thickness is normal and fine...
IT WORKED! I made yogurt! At this point, I am squealing with delight and my daughter is laughing at me as we each sample fresh yogurt...
Naturally, my daughter wants a bowl of fresh yogurt, so I flavored it with honey and vanilla...
...and she gobbled it up in minutes!
End result: Yogurt! Enough to last the week, when I will make a new batch!
Here's my verdict:
Make this yogurt. It's so easy and so exciting to make! It tastes very good. It's sweeter than store-bought yogurt and it's very frugal and healthy.