Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Homemade Yogurt

I saw this recipe in the February edition of Sunset magazine and knew I had to try it. So I ripped it out and it sat on my counter for a week. At that point, I realized I had better make a decision, make it or throw out the page. This is why Pinterest is so much better! I also want to point out that 95% of the cooking and baking that I do is done with at least one, usually two "helpers". That is why I don't do fancy cake decorating (see my version here).

This was incredibly easy, my kids got to help, and I made it with Strauss' organic, grass-fed milk and Fage greek yogurt (our favorites).

1 quart milk (whichever you prefer)
2 tablespoons live-culture yogurt (plain or greek, your preference)


1. Pour milk into a large, heavy pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often. When milk foams up, pour into a glass bowl and put bowl in a sink of cold water. Cool milk to 110 degrees (or when you can put your finger in it- I don't have a kitchen thermometer)

2. Whisk 1/4 cup milk into the yogurt, then pour the yogurt mixture back into the bowl of milk, whisk. Pour into glass jars (in my case, 4 pyrex containers), cover, wrap in kitchen towels and place in a cooler. Add a few more jars (I used water bottles) of hot water to the cooler to keep milk warm, and cover the cooler. (I also placed the cooler on a sunny windowsill) Let milk sit for 8 to 12 hours to set (I just left it overnight, about 18 hours) The longer it sits the tangier it gets, chilling stops the process. Yogurt will keep in the fridge for a week.

Huge hit, the kids loved making it from scratch. I served it with honey and blueberries one day and dried cranberries and slivered almonds the next day. Make sure you use good quality milk and a yogurt that you like the taste of since the finished product will taste like that.

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Our Delightful Home said...

Yummy! I would love for you stop by and link up at my linky party via: http://ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com/

Mrs. Delightful

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

How wonderful that your helpers helped. I think their participation is perfect enticement for them to at least try ... and like ... their creations! I must try that with my kids, although I think they're too old for that now!

Thank you for your very sweet comment on my post today. I sometimes worry about getting too personal. Too Facebooky ...

And can I suggest a few more linky parties for you? A couple that I definitely see consistent traffic from? Tuesdays: Home Stories A to Z (she does features), Today's Creative Blog and A Bowl Full of Lemons. On Friday, there is Funky Junk Interiors. She goes live Friday night around 10 PM (I think that's central or eastern time).


Margot said...

New site looks great. I saw something similar in Food & Wine last night. Think I'll give it a go. xoxox

momto8 said...

and soo healthy!!!

Rose :: Fine Craft Guild said...

I came over via the LINKY FOLLOWERS blog hop, and .... am now following you. ** Will you follow me back?? **

Rose, from http://www.finecraftguild.com

Krystle @ Color Transformed Family said...

This sounds really good! I love to keep things simple and healthy. I love flipping through magazines to look for new recipes.

Stuff and Nonsense said...

what a great tutorial

i'd love to give this a try sometime
if i every get brave enough

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Sue said...

I would feel so "natural-ista" if I make this! How cool- I don't know anybody who has done this before. :-) Sue

Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions said...

I have tried making yogurt in the past, and it always failed. My yogurt didn't thicken at all. Reading this makes me want to try again.

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Hi! I make yogurt at home, too. I use a yogurt machine that I received as a Christmas gift. Love the results!

Maria said...

Your yogurt looks great! My mom makes her own yogurt too and I really miss having it every day! I always loved it!

whollykao.com said...

This looks wonderful! Love your little blue pots too. My husband and I have been looking at recipes on how to make your own greek yogurt, so this post really resonated with me!

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Delicious!!! Oh my goodness...looks so GREAT! My mom used to make our yogurt! Such a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity! I can't wait to see what you link up at my party tomorrow! I LOVE following you...you're so inspiring!

XO, Aimee

Yash said...

That's how my mom made it back home. And we just left it on the kitchen counter to set. I had almost forgotten about it till I read your post. So thanks for reviving that memory!

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