I have been making my own Make Yogurt at Home for a few years and I do not think I will go back. Not only does it save me money on groceries, but this homemade yogurt is really good. Now I’m eating more yogurt than ever.
The method I adopted is very basic: no special cultures of relic yogurt or luxury incubation equipment are required. I could even make a batch tonight and eat homemade yogurt for breakfast tomorrow morning!
What do I need to Make Yogurt at Home?
All you need to make homemade yogurt is half a gallon of milk and about half a cup of yogurt. Whole or 2% milk will make the yogurt thicker and creamier, but you can also use skim milk if you wish. For yogurt, Greek or regular yogurt is fine, but avoid any flavorings; Stay with simple and flavorless yogurts.
When you buy yogurt, also check that it contains the “active cultures of active yogurt” in the ingredients: we need them! Live cultures are what really turn milk into yogurt. The amount of cultures does not really matter; As long as there is at least one, you can make yogurt. That said, different strains of bacteria have different health benefits, so I personally look for yogurt with the most lists of cultures. Some common ones are L. Bulgaricus, S. Thermophilus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, L. Casei.
What equipment do I need to Make Yogurt at Home?
All you need to make yogurt is a heavy pot with a lid. I like to use a 3-quart Dutch oven. Once the lid is on, a heavy pot like this does an admirable job of keeping the milk warm and at a fairly constant temperature (ideally around 110 ° F) while the bacteria go to work turning the milk into yogurt. It also helps to put the pot in an isolated and warm place while this happens, such as a stove with the light on or a picnic refrigerator with a bottle of hot water.
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You can certainly use a yogurt machine or even a dehydrator if you have one, these are excellent for holding the yogurt at a very constant temperature while you incubate, but you can make a great yogurt without them.
Whats Next Make Yogurt at Home?
Once you have this basic method to prepare yogurt, there are all kinds of adjustments and changes you can make. Some people like to add powdered milk powder or gelatin to get the extra thickness, while others like to drain the liquid whey for dense Greek-style yogurt. The use of different brands of commercial yogurt for the culture of milk can also give you subtly different flavors and nutritional benefits.
You can also try purchasing a special entree at a health food store, a food cooperative or online. My favorite resource for interesting beginners is Cultures for Health: