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).

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

Instructions:

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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14 comments:

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
Ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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).

Linda
http://itallstartedwithpaint.com

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?? **

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY,
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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

new follower
via Linky Followers
and hope you'll take a moment
to visit me too!

alison

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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