Yogurt is a great food- it gives you the same protein, calcium and magnesium that other sources of dairy do, but is more versatile and, in my opinion, better tasting than those.
So let’s get started!
Estimated Time: 1 hour active, 7-12 inactive.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
1) 1 Liter of milk. Any kind will do
2) Some plain yogurt
1) A basic kitchen, including an oven and refrigerator
2) A double boiler, to avoid burning the milk (these are easy to make, you can learn how to here)
3) A thermometer that goes to at least 200 F
4) A container larger than 1 Liter with a tight lid (several smaller containers will work as well).
5) A large wooden spoon for stirring
HOW TO DO IT:
1) Put the double boiler onto a stove top element. Put the milk into the inner pot.
2) Using the thermometer to measure, heat the milk to 185 F. At this temperature the milk will begin to froth.
3) Turn off the heat, and allow the milk to cool to 110 F. Stir frequently to ensure uniform cooling.
4) Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt to the milk to serve as a starter. Stir thoroughly or use a blender to mix them together. This will help distribute bacteria throughout the milk.
5) Put the contents into the container and close the lid tightly. This begins the incubation phase, where the bacteria from the starter yogurt turns the milk.
6) Put the container into the oven with the pilot light on, keeping it as close to 100 F as possible. This is the ideal temperature range for bacteria growth.
7) Let the contents sit in the oven for 7-12 hrs. The longer it sits for, the thicker the texture and the tangier the taste the yogurt will have.
8) Store the yogurt in the fridge overnight before serving. It should be good for a few weeks. Use some of the yogurt as starter and begin the process again.
Yogurt tastes great when combined with sweet foods. Some ideas:
- Berries: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and black berries all taste gooooood.
- Other fruit: Apples, peaches, bananas, oranges, etc.
- Maple syrup (Mmmm!!!!)
Yogurt is easy to make, and tastes great. I hope you enjoy!
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Good luck and stay prepared!