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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Yogurt Update

Has anyone been brave enough to try making yogurt? Well, just in case any of you muster up the courage, I thought I would let you know that I've been playing with my recipe a little bit. I had been stirring in some dry milk and a packet of Knox gelatin to help it thicken, but wondered if it would work without it. So all it has is:

  • Milk
  • Plain Yogurt
That's it! I think it's creamier without the gelatin. I also tried using more than 1/2 a gallon of milk, to see if I could make a bigger batch at a time (about 3/4 of a gallon fit in my crockpot), and I only let it sit for 9 hours. It still thickened just fine!

Here's the steps again, just in case you want to try it:
  • Heat 1/2 gallon of milk on the stove for about 10 minutes, stirring almost constantly so it doesn't scald. You want it to reach 190 degrees, or just about boiling.
  • Put the pot of milk into the sink filled with cool water and let cool for about 10 minutes. The temperature needs to get down to 105 degrees so it won't kill the yogurt you mix in.
  • Mix in 1/2 cup of plain yogurt (this is your starter).
  • Put in a warmed, UNPLUGGED crockpot, (or just leave it in your covered pot). Wrap it in thick towels and blankets to keep it warm and let it sit for 8 hours.
I've made it with 2% and 1% milk. I don't know if skim would thicken well or not. I also don't know about soy or lactose-free milk. If any of you have tried any of those, please let me know.
I really want to know if anyone's been brave enough to give this a shot. Please leave a comment! I've made it several times, and M, H, and I eat it frequently and no one has gotten sick. I've even given small amounts to baby F and she's been fine, too. We just mix in a couple tablespoons of honey to sweeten it up (no honey for the baby, though). You can also mix in fruit, jelly, or even flavored applesauce. You might still want a little honey for sweetener, so play around with it. Try it! You might like it!

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Jenn said...

I did!! I used 2% milk and plain yogurt and it worked great. We ate every last drop and it was YUMMY!!

I wanted to try to make some with the Almond Breeze milk we like but that DID NOT WORK. It was pretty gross, actually. So now I am going back to the regular 2% recipe because I'm craving some yogurt!

Donna said...

I love your yogurt recipe! I tried the original recipe and then last night I made the new version. I used 1 qt skim milk and 1 qt 2% milk with non-fat yogurt. I didn't use my crockpot; I just wrapped my covered saucepan with a warm towel and covered it with a down throw. It worked great. Thanks! Now if you can just figure out how to make it into frozen yogurt.

SnoWhite said...

sounds wonderful! thanks for sharing.

Smockity Frocks said...

Thank you for linking up. I hope you'll add the link to my CrockPot carnival to this post.

Anonymous said...

i make yogurt in my crockpot all the time! my hubby and i just gobble it up! i actually found my recipe on some crockpot blog (can't remember) and the directions are to heat the milk on high for 2 1/2 hours and then unplug for 3 hours, after three hours mix in the yogurt (and milk powder if you wish). wrap a thick bath towel around the crockpot and leave 8 hours or over night. i love it! no thermometers required and totally hands off!! too easy! :D
-liz (open id isn't working)

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