Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Homemade yogurt is good

I recently bought a yogurt machine because Sadie downs the stuff. I thought it would be fun, cheaper and healthier to start making it from scratch. I ordered my machine online and made my first batch last week. I was more than happy with the results. It was so tasty that I served it to my family for dessert with berries on top. Here's the recipe I used if anyone is interested:

Vanilla Yogurt

4 cups milk (your choice whole-skim)
1/2 cup powdered dry milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4-6 tablespoons sugar (or honey)
1/2 cup yogurt starter (unflavored plain yogurt with active cultures)

  1. Set 1/2 yogurt starter out to warm to room temperature.
  2. Heat the milk to almost a boil. (I microwaved it in a glass bowl for 5 minutes on high then 2 minutes on medium). Cool the milk to barely warm.
  3. Add dry milk, vanilla and sweetener of your choice; stir well.
  4. Stir in yogurt starter (do not whip but mix very well!).
  5. "Cook" the yogurt using your preferred method and time. Longer makes a firmer, more tart yogurt. I cooked mine for 12 hours. Chill 4 hours before eating.


Becky said...

Wow, Martha Stewart! I'm impressed!

Jacki said...

Yogurt is something that I haven't thought about making at home. Now I know how to do it. Thanks Lindsey!

Susan said...

Does it make a lot, Lindsey? The recipe looks like it would. Yummy!!!

Leezy Lindsey said...

Susan - it makes about four cups of yogurt. It lasts about a week so it's pretty easy to eat it all.