Thursday, February 4, 2016

Homemade Yogurt (no machine needed)

A friend gave me this recipe for yogurt -- a process she used regularly in her house. She argued that this recipe was foolproof. When I have followed her instructions, it has worked every time. I have tried other homemade yogurt recipes that have not set up / solidified. The differences have not been in ingredients, as much as technique for keeping the yogurt consistently warm over a long period of time. I find my friend's method to be foolproof.

You could always add yogurt starter, if you wanted to guarantee results.

1 1/2 gallons whole milk
1 c yogurt, with active culture

Boil milk. Use low flame so you don't burn the pan. Boil for 2-3 hours.

Cool to baby bottle temperature.

Add 1 c yogurt. Mix.

Put in glass jars with lids or plastic jars with lids. (In this picture, I've just nestled the jars in a cooler filled with warm water, to keep the temperature consistent as I filled the remaining jars.)

Put whole thing in gas oven which has been preheated to 300 and then shut off. Leave for 6 hours.

After 6 hours, take lids off and put jars in fridge.

When they are cool, put lids back on.

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