New Project Roundup… Making Yogurt

[17 Jan 2008 | By | 3 Comment(s) | 2,029 views ]

New Food Project – Making Yogurt
I got a cheapy Yogurt Maker for myself when I was ordering Xmas presents off Amazon, on sale for 10$, so figured..”why not?” So I finally got around to trying it. It’s “making” now, so I have no idea how it’s going to come out. It was pretty simple thus far (i decided to start with the recipe on the box, rather than branching out for more creativity just yet). Just heating up the milk and dry milk on the stove (probe thermometer with alarm very handy for this), then cooling, then stiring in a small thing of plain yogurt (I guess it makes sense that you have to have yogurt cultures to make yogurt, I just hadn’t considered it), then putting it in the ‘yogurt maker’, which is basically just a device to keep it at a constant warm temperature–for 4-10 hours (maybe non-$10 yogurt makers do more work for you than this one!). It’s been 4 hours now, but I figure I’ll leave it in there longer.

All in all, may been a lot of work for a quart of yogurt :)

Anyone else tried making yogurt? Anything suggestions, comments, recipes?

edit:  I wrote up a step by step here >>


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  • Laurie [] :

    I make yogurt often. Reading your steps makes me realize something that may make mine last longer; heating it and then cooling it. I take a large casserole dish; fill it with skim milk, warm it in the microwave. Stir the plain yogurt in it’s container then dump it in the casserole dish, cover it and put it in my oven overnight with the light on. The light keeps it warm enough so it’s yogurt in the morning. EASY EASY!

  • Laurie [] :

    I’ve also done it with cold milk it just takes longer to grow the culture.

  • Dot [] :

    thanks for the tip!
    Re: cold milk, isn’t the heating of the milk to kill bacteria?