Monday, August 3, 2009

Yogurt -Making

While I may only post infrequently about homemaking, I did want to share this little bit that I enjoy. There is something about being able to make things at home that intrigues me and excites me when my family enjoys the fruits of my labor. One of these things is homemade yogurt.

If you have never made yogurt before, it is relatively easy and definitely cheaper than purchasing store-bought at full price. To make mine I follow these few steps...
  1. Heat 2 quarts 2% milk in a pot to 180 degrees.
  2. Allow milk to cool to 110 degrees
  3. Add 1/2 cup milk to 1/2 cup previously prepared yogurt (store-bought, if needed)
  4. Mix the resulting cup into the remaining 2 quarts and pour into clean glass jars
  5. Place jars in an oven warmed to 110 degrees and maintained by leaving the oven light on
  6. Allow yogurt to set undisturbed until jelled - around 4 hrs for mine
  7. Refrigerate and enjoy for up to two weeks leaving at least 1/2 cup to prepare your next batch
We like to stir in jam or brown sugar to sweeten the yogurt to eat. I also use it for various bread and pancake recipes.

Yogurt is a food item that was first evidenced in the beginning of recorded history and still today benefits those that enjoy it. Hope this encourages you to try some of your own!

1 comment:

  1. That looks yummy and easy. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm rather domestically-challenged, but that sounds easy enough for even me to do. I'll let you know if I try it.