So after months of wanting to do so, I made my first batch of homemade yogurt last night. Easiest thing ever! Recipes differ, but here’s the basic idea:
5 cups of whole milk (you can use others, but I’m told that lower fat milks turn out with less satisfactory taste and texture)
1/2 cup of yogurt with live/active cultures (pretty much any store-brand yogurt will have this on the label)
Heat the milk to 185 degrees, or just barely boiling
Immediately take it off the heat, and when it’s cooled to 110 degrees, start stirring it in gradually to your pre-existing yogurt.
Cover with plastic wrap and poke a few holes for ventilation. Let it sit in a warm place for at least 5 or 6 hours (we left ours overnight, having made it right before bedtime). A lot of people recommend leaving it in your oven with the light on for a bit of heat.
It should be set up by this point, and now you simply refrigerate and eat within a week. Reserve a 1/2 cup at the end as the starter for your next batch!
It’s delicious, and very fresh-tasting, with a bit of a tang that shows you it’s the real deal.
Next up we’re going to make our own granola bars so that we don’t have to buy the pre-packaged ones loaded with weirdness.
Soon we’re going to do a sourdough starter–very exciting.
Tonight’s adventure is our first use of our very own hand-crank pasta machine! Exciting!!