Making Yogurt at Home
Yogurt has many benefits, especially yogurt with active cultures. Yogurt, which has a lot of probiotics, is really known to improve gut health.
We enjoy yogurt for breakfast. It is easy and quick to take on the road as we dash out of the house rushing to get to our in-town job. We enjoy it as we drive to work.
If you want to try making yogurt at home, it is not difficult. You will need yogurt as a starter culture to make more yogurt. You will initially use a thick store bought yogurt that is labeled as containing active cultures. Once you have made your yogurt, save a little of your own homemade yogurt to make a new batch. Let me share how I make yogurt at home.
1. You will need 1/2 gallon of milk and 1/2 cup of cultured plain yogurt.
2. Heat 1/2 gallon of milk in a stainless pot to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir every so often with a large metal spoon to prevent scorching.
|Heating Milk to Make Yogurt|
3. Adjust your heat so that you maintain 120 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes while stirring often. You will want to maintain the temperature for this length of time because it helps in thickening up the yogurt.
|Maintain 120 degrees F. for 30 minutes|
4. While the milk is heating, take out yogurt and allow it to come to room temperature. Divide the 1/2 cup of yogurt into 2 quart-sized glass jars.
5. After 30 minutes of heating, carefully pour or ladle the hot milk into the glass jars dividing the milk evenly between the 2 jars.
6. Stir the milk and yogurt well and screw on the lid.
|Add milk to the yogurt and place in a warm spot.|
7. Place the jars of homemade yogurt into a warm place like an oven and turn on the oven light for extra warmth. Let them stay in the oven undisturbed for 12 hours.
8. After 12 hours transfer them to the refrigerator and allow them to cool down completely before eating.
It is that simple to make yogurt. You can serve your homemade yogurt with honey, fresh fruit, nuts, and homemade granola. You can make it as simple or as fancy as you like. One thing for sure is that it will be delicious!
Be sure to save 1/2 cup of your homemade yogurt for starting your next batch!
Have a great yogurt making day and a sensational homesteading day!