Homemade Plain Yogurt
A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon an older Salton yogurt maker at the thrift shop we frequent and as I knew of someone looking for one, I picked it up for a mere $2.00. It was in excellent shape with all the pieces including the booklets for it, one containing some recipes for making different dishes with your homemade yogurt. Since the lady I picked it up for already had ordered one, I decided to keep it since I eat yogurt every morning. I do have to admit that I am not overly fond of plain yogurt and with that in mind, I made some sweetened fresh strawberries to put on top of my dish of yogurt and next time, maybe some homemade jam or some other concoction; just gotta get away from the Plain Jane taste if ‘ya know what I mean Vern………… The machine worked perfectly and now I have one quart of fresh homemade yogurt to play with, oh my!
- 1 quart of whole, skim or skim milk made from non-fat dry milk (follow instructions but use ⅓ cup more than directed per quart. ⅓ cup of dry milk may be added to the whole or skim milk for a creamier yogurt.
- 1 heaping tbsp of plain yogurt that you've already made, store bought or 1 package of dried yogurt culture available at most health food stores.
- Place milk in a saucepan on the stove and heat until milk just comes to a boil.
- Cool milk until it reaches "add starter" level on the spoon thermometer (don't have a clue to the temp as this is where I had one of my *#!^ ups!).
- Add the the already made yogurt which is your starter and stir well.
- Pour the milk into the 5 serving jars, put covers on securely.
- Place the jars in the yogurt maker, put on the plastic cover, plug in and set the "Time-Out" dial for 10 hours later (back then it cost less than 1 cent for electricity for this operation).
- After 10 hours, place yogurt containers in the frig and refrigerate for a minimum of 3 to 4 hours before eating.
- Yogurt may be kept in the frig for several weeks.
- Be sure to save some yogurt to use as a starter for your next batch.
The booklet also says that you should not continue to use your homemade yogurt as a starter after an extended period of reusage as the quality of the yogurt will change. So get your butt out and buy a small container of plain yogurt and go from there. If anyone out there has a good recipe for homemade yogurt, I’d love to hear from you………Have a great rest of the weekend and I’m outta here……………Enjoy!