Friday, December 04, 2009

Homemade Plain Yogurt


AllRecipes.com has a recipe for homemade plain yogurt here. It's a 5 star recipe. Sounds like quite the process, though. I guess I'm looking for something a little more simple.

I'd love to hear your recipes for homemade yogurt! Please share!

2 comments:

prayzgod said...

I didn't read down on your further posts yet, but have you tried making yogurt in a crock pot? I make 8 cups of yogurt that way, and it always turns out great. It only flopped once, and I think I used a dead culture, or something.

Clover said...

I use a yogurt maker (they're about $20 on Amazon) and it came with 7 6-ounce jars, so the incubating part for me is easy. I've heard using a slow cooker instead of an oven works, and would probably be more efficient in terms of electricity.

My recipe is much simpler than the one you linked. I just use plain yogurt and milk. I heat the milk, stirring constantly until it starts to foam up and then take it off the heat. Then I wait until it cools down enough that I can touch it and it still feels pretty warm, but not scalding. I think it's supposed to be around 110 degrees, but I'm too lazy to use a thermometer. It just has to be cool enough that the heat won't kill the culture. Then I add about 4 tablespoons of yogurt(for 42-ounces of milk), stir, and put it in the yogurt maker overnight.

This recipe isn't that precise but it should show you there's a lot of wiggle room in making yogurt.

The most exciting thing I learned since starting to make yogurt is that you don't need to go to the store every time you need fresh starter. When you buy the plain stuff the first time, take the remaining yogurt and freeze it in ice cube trays. An average tray is 2-TBLs per cube, so I use two cubes per batch. I don't even bother thawing them before throwing them in and they make yogurt just as well as they did when first bought. This also means I can afford to use fresh starter for every single batch, rather than reusing old yogurt which may have lost its potency.