Making your own yogurt at home is quite easy. People who make yogurt at home tend to eat more of this healthy food. As making yogurt at home is cheaper, you can eat more yogurt without spending more money. And the best of all, it is fun and convenient to make your own yogurt at home.
Things You Need
There are two main ingredients: milk and yogurt culture. For yogurt cultures, you can buy a yogurt with any of the following cultures.
The more is better as all these cultures have their own benefits. You can also use a special starter, like Cultures for Health, instead of yogurt. For milk, you can use full cream milk, 2% milk, or skimmed milk. More fat means thicker and creamier yogurt.
You also need a heavy pot with the lid. A heavy pot keeps the milk warm for longer period of time, which in turns helps the bacteria to work faster and make thicker yogurt.
A thermometer to measure the temperature of the milk is also helpful.
Step 1: Heat the Milk
Heat the ½ gallon of milk to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not boil the milk but stir it gently.
Step 2: Cool the Milk
Let the milk cool down until it reaches around 115 degrees Fahrenheit. You can place your pot in water if you want to speed up the cooling process.
Step 3: Mix the Yogurt or Starter
If you are making your yogurt with commercially available yogurt, mix ½ cup of yogurt in one cup and add it to the ½ gallon of milk. Make sure that the yogurt is mixed properly.
Step 4: Wait
Cover the milk and place it in a warm place. Warm place helps form yogurt quickly. You can place the milk in a turned off oven. It will stay warm for a longer period in the oven.
Your yogurt will be ready till morning. After making your own yogurt at home, keep it in the refrigerator.