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homemade yogurt

im taking a break from the trees story….i found my journaling from that time frame and have been reading through.  it is bringing back some memories and thoughts that i would love to express all of it accurately…so this is something that i have wanted to post for a while.  I have several other ‘homemade’ recipes; bread, mayonnaise, granola, pancakes and the like that are really, really good and easier than you would think.

we LOVE our yogurt.  we use it as a base for smoothies, we eat it with granola and fruit and have it with sweetener and sometimes instant coffee mixed in to make a coffee yogurt.  i also use it when buttermilk is called for and we don’t have it.  i use it in my pancake recipe when i need to.  it is so easy to make.  the hardest part is keeping it warm for a long enough period for it to get as firm as we like it.  i use a heating pad and it has an automatic shut-off.  that is a pain.

i used to make yogurt a long time ago with a yogurt maker.  it made too small of containers of it for the amount we eat.  i make a gallon of yogurt at a time now.  I also used to make it with a yogurt base as a starter.  that was also a pain.  it can be done, but lots of times, i am not thinking ahead to keep some to make more.  i found this yogurt starter at sprouts and it works great!

it is so easy…I buy a gallon of my choice of milk…you can use full fat, 2%, low fat or fat free.  its easy to make a quart of it at a time, also….i make it in a dutch oven, bring it to a boil then let it cool down.  add the powder, stir well and turn the heating pad on it until it is as firm as desired.  we like it really thick, so it stays in there at least 24 hours.  once the heat of down, the fermenting and thickening stops.  i then put it into mason jars and refrigerate.

 

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Sue Fernandez - January 10, 2012 - 10:03 am

Can you use a crock pot on “warm” to keep it warm?

ginny - January 30, 2012 - 3:45 pm

ah…Sue..I just saw this!!! I think if you had your mixture in something else so that it didn’t touch the walls, it might work. Let me know if you try it and how it does work for you!

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