I *love* yogurt. Plain yogurt with a splash of vanilla and a sprinkle of cinnamon and maybe some nutmeg. Yummm! I figured it was about time I learned how to make it at home. This evening I did some digging around online, and even posted a question on my facebook page about making homemade yogurt. I found several sources that helped me come up with my current "experiment". I'll add some links below if you're interested in them.
But first, I had to run to the store for milk! I brought home a half gallon, which seemed like it would make plenty for just me for a week (Alan doesn't eat yogurt). I gathered up all of the ingredients, sterilized several jars, set out my enameled cast iron dutch oven, the canning kettle, several towels, a thermometer, and a heating pad (one that doesn't have auto-shutoff). To the dutch oven I added the half gallon of milk and 1 cup of powdered milk, and heated the mixture to 170*. I added a bit of honey and vanilla, and let it cool to 115*. Once at 115*, I added about a 1/3 cup (I probably should have added 1/4 cup more...) of Fage 0% Greek yogurt for the "starter". I always have several containers of it in the fridge...mmmmm!
Once the starter yogurt was stired in, I ladled the mixture into the sterile jars, and set them into the canning kettle which INSTEAD OF WATER had the warm heating pad in the center. I covered the jars and heating pad loosely with towels, inserted a thermometer, and watched. The heating pad does a GREAT job of keeping the heat in the kettle very consistent! I'm thrilled! By morning, I should have some tasty homemade yogurt to enjoy... or, at least, I hope I do! I'll let you know how it turns out!
Do you make your own homemade yogurt? I'd love to hear how you do it!
Links to check out:
Good Eats Video: Good Milk Gone Bad He only heats the milk/powdered milk mixture to 120*, then lets it cool to 115*. I will try this next time. That would take a lot less time.
YankeePrepper YouTube Video: How to Make Your Own Yogurt
Nourished Kitchen: Homemade Yogurt
EDITED TO ADD:
Want to know how this yogurt experiment turned out? Read Homemade Yogurt: A Success!