Monday, April 18, 2011

Make It From Scratch Monday: Homemade Yogurt

{Family Favorite}

We make 2 gallons about every two weeks.  It has saved us a ton of money and is healthier then the store with all the High Fructose Corn Syrup or Sugar.  We don't add sugar, just fresh or frozen fruit when eating.  I have added the option at the end though.  My Friend Melissa adds 1 can of Sweeten and Condensed milk and said it was delicious!  


*1 gallon of milk

*1 cup yogurt starter(you can use a small cup of plain Dannon , or you can use a cup from your previous batch.)

1. Place four quart glass canning jars, four lids, and four screw-tops in a large pot. Fill with an inch of water; cover with lid and heat to boiling. Boil for ten minutes. Leave the lid on the pot and move it off the heat until you are ready to use the jars.

2. Pour one gallon of milk into a large, heavy bottomed stockpot. Heat the milk to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. Turn off and let the milk cool to 120 degrees fahrenheit(50-55 degrees celsius)

4. Stir one cup of yogurt starter into the cooled milk, using a whisk. Stir well to ensure that the starter is thoroughly incorporated into the milk.

5. Pour the milk into jars, and put the lids and bands on. Place them into a dehydrator (or other source to keep warm) and keep at 115 degrees.

6.  Leave in a warm place for four hours. When the four hours are up, place the yogurt in the refrigerator.  


To make a delicious vanilla version of this yogurt, add 1/2 to 1 cup of sugar to the four quarts of milk when it’s cooling. Then stir in 1-2 tablespoons of vanilla, depending on your preference, and proceed as usual with the recipe.


Nicolds6 said...

I LOVE homemade yogurt!!Sooo dang yummy!! I'm kind of a cheater though! I bought a yogurt maker from Williams Sonoma! I always have been a bit more lazy than you! One of these days....

Mary said...

Hey, it works all kinds of ways! Homemade yogurt is so good!! You're not lazy, you have teenagers :)

Kristin said...

I love homemade yogurt too! And I, like your other commenter, have a yogurt maker. But, I got it as a gift, does that count? ;o)

Mary said...

We looked into a yogurt maker but decided with all our kids (6) that we needed to make a bunch at once and save time. So yogurt maker totally count! :) I really enjoy your blog Kristin! Thanks for stopping by mine!


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