Why pay those high prices for yogurt when it is so easy to make at home...and so much less expensive? Basically, it costs the price of a gallon of milk to make your healthy, delicious homemade yogurt once you have made your first batch; because, you save a starter from your first batch for the next one. And, it is so much better. It doesn't have the "sour" taste that store-bought yogurt has. And, you know EXACTLY what is in your yogurt because YOU made it.
Give it a try and let us know what you think of it. And, be sure to share with others. You can give them the recipe with a starter as a gift.
Delicious Homemade Yogurt
1 gallon milk, whole
1/2 cup yogurt
Heat milk on stove to 180 degrees F. It is best to heat milk slowly (best in double boiler but not necessary if you keep it stirred) over medium heat (preferably in stainless steel) stiring
almost continuously. It begins to froth around edge when ready. You will see bubbles.
Take off heat and cool for 30-40 minutes to 120 degrees.
Add plain yogurt as a starter. Unless you are using your own starter, be sure container from starter yogurt says it contains LIVE CULTURES. Make sure to stir yogurt into warm milk until fully dissolved.
Place in oven (off) and leave oven light on for 8-12 hours.
Gently move to fridge for 12-24 hours.
Use within about 2 weeks.
Try it with fresh fruit or preserves.
We made it in the evening. I poured the mix into clean jars that I sterilized in microwave for two minutes with a couple teaspoons of water in them (don't seal them). I washed the pan and stood the jars in the pan, covered it, and placed it in the oven to cool SLOWLY overnight. By moring it had thickend considerably, but not like it will be after refrigeration. It gets even thicker after a couple days. If you desire Greek Style yogurt, you can place it in a strainer with a coffee filter liner and allow some of the whey to drain off.
Be sure to save some of your nice fresh yogurt as a starter for your next batch.
Do not do more than 3 or 4 batches from your saved starters or the yogurt will begin to have the "sour" taste. Every once in a while, get a fresh starter.
Healthy Smoothie and