- A 1/2 gallon of Milk- I used 1% milk because we like low fat yogurt. You can use whatever type you prefer, I'm sure 2% or whole milk would be even more delicious!
- 3 Tbsp. of plain yogurt- It must have live and active cultures in it! This is what "yogurts" your milk.
- A cooking thermometer
- Cheese cloth
- A strainer or colander
- A double boiler or pot
- A heating pad
- A few dish towels
- A spoon- wooden spoons add a little nostalgia and will make you feel more home-cooked glam!
First, all but 2 Tbsp. of your milk into the pot or double boiler. The advantage of using a double boiler is that you won't have to sit there and stir for ages. If you use a regular pot (like I did) you have to attend to the milk by stirring it frequently to avoid it scalding on the bottom. Heat the milk on medium to 180 degrees. Do not boil it!! This took me about 25 minutes.
|Unless you use a double boiler you must stir often!|
Mix your yogurt with 2 tbsp. of milk.
While that's cooling stir the 2 Tbsp. of milk you set aside into 2-3 Tbsp. of your plain yogurt in a little bowl. Mix them well and set that aside.
Congratulations!! You just made yogurt; if you want Greek yogurt continue on...
After your yogurt is cool you will strain it. Line a colander or strainer with 4 layers of cheesecloth and spray them down with water so they are damp. Place the strainer into a bowl or dish and pour your yogurt into the strainer. Let it strain for an hour in the fridge. Dump out the whey (the liquid that strains out) and repeat again. The more liquid you remove, the creamier and thicker your yogurt will be.
|Use 4 layers of cheesecloth in your colander to strain the yogurt.|
|I topped mine with Kashi and a little honey!|
- Resist the temptation to use more than 2-3 tbsp. of yogurt in your mix. The more "crowded" the cultures (i.e. bacteria) get in your yogurt, the more sour it will become as it "cooks".
- If you don't have a heating pad you can use your oven to cook the yogurt. Simply preheat the oven to 175 degrees. When your yogurt is cooled and you've mixed in the cultures wrap the bowl in dish towels to insulate it, turn off the oven, set the bowl in the oven and turn the oven light on. This only works if your oven light gives off heat so check that first!!