Monday, March 10, 2008

Homemade Yogurt

Momof3 asked me for Hilary’s yogurt recipe.

Since yogurt is really just incubated milk, the first thing that you need is a yogurt maker. We use this one:

The recipe itself is quite simple:
  • Heat milk, powdered milk, vanilla and honey to a certain temperature, stirring frequently so that it doesn’t scald
  • Let the mixture cool to a certain temperature
  • Add a small amount of the heated mixture to either yogurt starter or some of your last batch of yogurt
  • Stir in the rest of the milk mixture
  • Put it all in the incubator and let it do it’s thing for 4 hours. And presto mondo! You have yogurt!

    The certain temperatures are really key to yogurt making. Too hot and the yogurt ends up lumpy and gritty, too cold it won’t set…. It really is more science then cooking.
Alton Brown from the food network has a recipe for making yogurt with a heating pad instead of an incubator from his episode: Good Milk gone bad

We found for us that it was cheaper to make yogurt once a week instead of buying it for all of us to eat. I would add granola or flax seed to mine, but you can also add fresh fruit to it as well.
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