Easy DIY Yogurt
(Originally from The Cheapskate Cook)
We’ve been eating a lot of yogurt since we’ve been on the Volumetrics menu plan. Yogurt is not very cheap. I had been seeing a lot of different ways you can make homemade yogurt on the web and I decided to give it a try.
Makes 1 quart of yogurt
- 1 quart whole milk
- 2 tablespoons plain, full-fat yogurt
- 1 crockpot (at least 1 quart-size)
- 1 quart-size glass jar(s) with a lid (I used two smaller jars)
- 1 medium-size cooler
- 1 saucepan that can fit inside the cooler
- 1 bath towel
- 1 thermometer (meat thermometers work great) (optional)
Step 1: Pour milk into crockpot. Cook on low for 2 1/2 hours. Then, unplug crockpot and allow to sit for 3 hours, still covered.
Step 2: Meanwhile, lay bath towel in cooler and boil water in saucepan just before the 3 hours is up.
Step 3: Place hot saucepan on the towel in the cooler, making sure the towel is protecting the sides of the cooler from coming into contact with the hot saucepan. Place thermometer in cooler and close lid.
Step 4: Pour warmish milk into the jar(s). Add yogurt to the milk and stir gently to combine. Place jar(s) in cooler (which should have heated up to 90-120 degrees Fahrenheit). Close lid securely and let it sit for 8-24 hours. (If you are fermenting for 24 hours, replace some of the water in the saucepan with boiling water approximately every 8 hours to keep the temerature between 90-120 degrees.)
Step 5: After 8-24 hours, place quart jar in the freezer for about about 20 minutes (this helps thicken the yogurt). Remove jar from freezer and refrigerate until use.
After the yogurt was ready, I made my husband blind taste test my homemade yogurt and the original plain Greek yogurt I used to make it.
He was able to identify which was which, but he had these comments:
The Greek has a stronger flavor (only slightly) and has a thicker texture, but the Homemade yogurt tastes close to the same – he was impressed as to how similar they really were!
Since making my own yogurt was MUCH cheaper, I will be doing it more often!