Making your own yogurt at home is very easy, and since you are making it yourself you know there are no additives or preservatives. While you will need to start out with a bit of commercial yogurt for a “starter”, after the first batch you will be able to use your own homemade yogurt “starter”. I will also give instructions towards the end of this article to make fruit and vanilla flavored yogurts.
What you will need to start making your own home made yogurt; 1 quart whole milk, and 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt. (Either commercial or save this much from your first home made batch.)
Bring the milk to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cool the milk until a thermometer inserted in the pan reads from 110 to 95 degrees. Skim off any skin that has formed.
Whisk the yogurt in a fairly large bowl, to return it to a liquid state. Gradually whisk in the milk, mixing very well.
Divide this mixture among 4 one cup jars. Cap the jars and allow the yogurt to incubate until the correct texture in reached. This will usually take 4 to 5 hours. This incubation period needs to take place at about 100 degrees, so if it is not that hot in your kitchen, here are some alternative methods that you can use to keep your yogurt at 100 degrees.
Place the jars in a closed gas oven with the pilot light burning. You may want to check your oven temperature first to make sure that it is the correct temperature.
Or, place the jars in a pan of 100-degree water, cover this with a towel and place over the burner pilots on your gas stove or wrap in a heating pad. Make sure to keep checking the temperature.
After about 4 hours you need to start checking the consistency of your yogurt. It should have much the same consistency as a light pudding. It will not set completely until chilled, so do not overferment. After reaching the desired consistency, refrigerate to finish setting up. This home made yogurt will keep for about 1 week in the refrigerator.
VANILLA YOGURT– add 1/4 cup sugar to the milk, before the boiling process. When it has boiled and cooled to the 110 to 95 degree mark, stir in ½ teaspoon of vanilla.
FRUIT FLAVORED YOGURT– add 1/4 cup sugar to the milk before the boiling process. Then after you have whisked the milk and yogurt “starter” together, spoon into each of the four jars, 1 to 2 tablespoons of any fruit-flavored preserves, jelly, jam, or pureed fruit. Baby food will even work. Now add your yogurt mixture to fill the jars. Continue with the rest of the steps given above.
As you can see, making your own home made yogurt is easy, and it does taste delicious. Why not give it a try?As you can see