Culture Shock! MYO Yogurt
by, 09-04-2008 at 04:49 AM (1801 Views)
No, I'm not talking about visiting a different country or even another state within the USA, I'm talking about the ridiculous price for Yogurt at the supermarket! I recently visited our local superstore and discovered that once again the price of yogurt has increased.
This has got to be one of the simplest recipes to make at home.
1 qt of Whole, LowFat or Non-Fat Milk
1 1/2 Tbs. preservative free, un-flavored yogurt
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!).
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.
Need a Few Pictures to help you get the idea of how easy this really is? Here are step by step directions with photographs.