When my friend told me I could borrow her yogurt maker I was immediately having regrets over saying anything at all. Yogurt from the store is just fine and saves me a lot of hassle, right? Maybe not.
Making yogurt was surprisingly very…simple. However, it does require a kitchen thermometer which I had previously never owned.
Since honey-flavored yogurt is my favorite, I added some raw, local honey to the bottom of each glass jar.
I heated my milk to 180º F and cooled it to 112º F before adding live and active cultures. You can find said cultures at Whole Foods near the milk and Kefir. One packet (about $0.60) makes 7-6 ounce yogurt servings, and the only other expense is the milk (other than the one-time yogurt maker purchase which retails for $30-40).
You fill the glass jars with the milk + cultures and let the machine go to work for 8-12 hours. The longer you set the machine, the firmer your yogurt will turn out.
But to make thick, delicious Greek yogurt you simply strain the yogurt for overnight in the fridge using a wire colander and coffee pot filter.
Note: Greek yogurt will be ~1/2 the volume after being strained. Therefore, to make a 6 ounce Greek yogurt, you needed to strain 12 ounces (2 jars) worth of yogurt per serving.
Homemade Greek yogurt! Just as creamy, thick, and delicious as all the leading brands!
I used 2% milk but you can also use fat-free, 1%, or whole milk to create your at-home yogurt.
Review: There are some small kitchen machines and appliances that are wonderful, and there are other that are…not. If you are an organic yogurt or Greek yogurt lover, this is a machine I would invest in. The initial cost would be paid for in a month with my one-a-day Chobani habit. The live and active cultures are easy to find and relatively inexpensive. Besides, you could also use store-bought yogurt with live and active cultures as a starter. And once you’ve made your own yogurt at home, you can also use your product as bacteria for a future product. How…green 🙂 Recycling at its finest!
Chobani: I love you, but you are expensive! That goes for you, too, Fage, and Vokos, and Oikos…and even Dannon and Yoplait, too.
I want a yogurt maker! Too bad my birthday was last week!! Though, I do have a bit of birthday cash I could delve into… 😉
Question: Would you ever consider becoming an at-home yogurtista? Does the cost of Greek yogurt keep you from indulging?
P.S. If you had a life over the weekend (unlike me), you might have missed some stuff: I got a DSLR for my birthday, made some amazing whole wheat blueberry banana muffins, and then some to-die-for zucchini-sausage pizza, and THEN some garlic & kale soup!
Peace, love, and yogurt,