Make your own yogurt
January 7, 2013 § 6 Comments
I love cooking with yogurt. It’s healthy, and it’s an easily digestible alternative to milk for me (I’m lactose intolerant). Yogurt is also delicious, and tastes great in recipes (try using yogurt instead of sour cream). I’ve also been known to put yogurt in cakes and other bakery recipes. I frequently substitute some of the butter or oil with yogurt.
When I was a kid, my mom used to make yogurt. It was such a complex process, with a special heating unit, special glass dishes, and special yogurt “mix. It just seemed like a big hassle to me. I was therefore thrilled recently to see Saira Malhotra’s easy recipe for making your own yogurt at home. No special equipment needed at all.
Here’s how to make yogurt on your own at home.
5 cups low fat milk (go ahead and use full fat milk, if you want something that will taste like more like Greek-style yogurt)
4 tablespoons live culture yogurt (i.e. Dannon or Stonyfield Farm)
1 teaspoon sugar
Place the milk in a medium-sized saucepan, and bring to a boil Turn off the heat and allow to cool until just enough to be able to dip your finger in without it burning you (130 degrees-fahrenheit).
Whisk in the yogurt and the sugar. Pour into a bowl large enough to hold the mixture. Cover with plastic wrap. Use a fork or knife to poke a couple of holes into the top for ventilation Wrap the bowl in a towel to keep it warm and then place in a warm area near a heater or in an oven with the light on. After 6-8 hours, the yogurt will thicken. Place in refrigerator and chill for 6-8 hours. Serve and eat!