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!
You might be wondering why one might want to make their own yogurt, well for a host of reasons actually. Commercially prepared yogurts contain a multitude of chemicals- such as Castoreum (which are derived the from scent glands located under the tale of a beaver), aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, a rainbow of nasty food dyes as well as Carrageenan (which is a derivative of red seaweed but has recently been under fire for it’s link to cancer).
In order to make your own delicious, healthy yogurt, you’ll need a few simple ingredients. Milk, Live Yogurt cultures, which in our case we purchased 1 tiny container of raw, Live Culture yogurt (no flavoring added) from the grocery store. It was a bit expensive, but don’t worry, after you’ve made your own batch of yogurt, you can use it as a starter for the next batch.
* 1 qt of Whole, LowFat or Non-Fat Milk (Or Soy Milk, Almond Milk or Coconut Milk)
* 2 Tbs. preservative free, un-flavored yogurt (Live Cultures)
Once the milk reaches a boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer (not boil!) for 2 minutes. The purpose of this is to pasteurize the yogurt to prevent unwanted bacteria from reproducing.
Turn OFF the Oven.
(This is done separately to prevent curdling and killing of the healthy bacteria.)
Add the yogurt/milk mix into the saucepan and stir well.
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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