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Make Your Own Yogurt

   Although the thought of making yogurt can often seem 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.

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