Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Homemade Yogurt

Yogurt is another staple food in our house. Our kids eat a ton of it! So by making it homemade I can make our own organic yogurt and save $$. A win win. I've tried a couple recipes and so far this one is my new "Go To" recipe! Given to me by my MIL recently and passed down from family members, it's one of those "for sure" things. Another added bonus, it only takes 5 to 10 minutes to make, sets in 12 hours and whaalaa... you have your yogurt. Super easy! 


1.) heat 2 cups of milk (can use skim or 2%) in a bowl (I used a microwave for 2 minutes and 13 seconds)

2.) while its hot stir in a tablespoon or two of sugar if you want sweet yogurt...(If you want plain then skip this step)

3.) If you like vanilla add 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.

4.) While it's still hot  mix in 1/4 cup of instant non fat dry milk which makes it a little thicker (we added a little more to get a thicker yogurt result) 

5.) Wait a few minutes until the milk temperature is a little cooler and add 1 tablespoon of yogurt that you already have and stir gently.

6) cover the bowl and place in a warm place for 12 hours (you can use the oven with just the light on or since our oven light was broke I used the microwave, worked just fine) 

After 12-14 hours  you will have a bowl of fresh yogurt that only needs a little stir to get the lumps out.
and don't eat all of it.... save at least a tablespoon for use in your next batch. (It makes about 6 servings, I've learned to double the recipe and make is less frequently)

** I bought some local preserves at the farmers market (our favs are raspberry and blueberry) and we add just about a half a tablespoon to a serving to personalize the flavor to whatever the boys are craving that day. 

Organic Valley:  Organic Nonfat Dry Milk Powder

(order these types of items in bulk on Amazon and save $ on organic)


Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I've made a lot of things, but I've never done homemade yogurt!

Mama Miscellaneous said...

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Lara Davis Barnett said...

I was just talking about this with a friend of mine. I've been thinking about starting to do this. She's found that if she uses thicker yogurt as a starter, like the greek yogurt, that the result is thicker. Thanks for the non-fat milk tip!