i was at a discount store the other day, and i came across a yogurt maker for $29.99, the price was originally $90. i snatched it up, because i’ve been wanting to try to make homemade yogurt for a while. and, boy am i glad i did!
the yogurt turned out tasty and thick and creamy, more like the yogurt in europe. and, the best part is, it saves you a ton of money over time. i used organic milk to make my yogurt, and you know the price of organic yogurt these days. plus, i substituted agave nectar for sugar, making it much healthier! because, really… have you read the sugar content in yogurt these days? it’s more like candy really…
With a few easy steps, you can be well on your way to making homemade yogurt too!
I purchased this yogurt maker, and I really like it. They aren’t necessary, but I found a great deal, and I liked all the jars with screw on lids it came with. I hear you can even use your crock pot to make yogurt. see here.
Another tool that is necessary is a thermometer. I just used my candy thermometer and it worked just fine.
Yogurt is typically made using milk, plain yogurt [for a start to keep the live and active cultures], and sometimes dry non fat milk.
Here is the recipe that is used that came with my yogurt maker.
4 3/4 cups lowfat milk [2%] – I used 1% organic milk and it turned out fine. you just need to up the processing time by one hour.
2-3 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
1 tablespoon vanilla paste1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons dry nonfat milk
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons plain yogurt [or you could use the freeze dried yogurt starts] – I actually used greek yogurt for my start and really liked it. Otherwise, I’d recommend mountain high brand.
heat the milk in a saucepan with high sides over medium heat. Place the thermometer and when the milk reaches 180 degrees F and is about to boil, remove from heat and stir in the agave nectar or honey, vanilla paste, and vanilla extract. allow the milk to cool to 110 degrees. To speed up the cooling process, whisk the liquid frequently or place saucepan in a bowl of ice water.
Once the liquid reaches 110 degrees, whisk in the dried milk and yogurt until the ingredients are thoroughly homogeneous.
Pour liquid into jars, and place jars into yogurt maker without lids. cover and set for 10 hours and press the on button.
When yogurt maker is done, the yogurt should have gotten thick. Remove and screw on the lids and place in fridge to set up at least 3 hours before eating.