This recipe is a compilation of all the recipes that I received on Facebook, and from information I gleaned while looking around at other yogurt recipes. Feel free to play around with it, and make it work for your family.
- 2L (8 cups) 3% milk (I've read that you can use any milk...just the end result may vary depending on the milk used)
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt with live active bacteria (very important, this is your starter)
- 1/2 cup skim milk powder
- 4-5 tablespoons liquid honey (optional)
- 2 vanilla beans, split & scraped (optional, I made mine with a hint of vanilla)
Update February 6, 2010
- The easier Method. After making this yogurt on and off for the past year, I have seen a few different methods of making yogurt, and I have found a new favorite! Instead of placing the yogurt on a heating pad to keep it warm, I place the towel-wrapped casserole dish into a slightly warm oven (I turn my oven on to 100° for 5 minutes, and then turn it off) with the oven light on. Be sure the towel is not touching the oven light, we do not want to start a fire in your oven. Now just leave it for 10-12 hours, and the end result is a beautiful, thick, tangy yogurt that did not require any of your attention. I like to microwave the milk about an hour before bedtime since it takes about one hour for the mixture to cool down to 110°. At that time, I add the rest of the ingredients, wrap it up, put it in the oven and forget about it until the morning. This way my oven is always available during the day. I do like to refrigerate the yogurt before eating it though, so I do not eat it that morning. This is truly, the easiest way to make yogurt, and dare I say, fool proof too.
Update September 12, 2013
- We're still making yogurt on a regular basis, and when you make something this often, things just get easier and easier. Here is my routine today: I now use a batter bowl to make my yogurt in. The heavy glass bowl with a handle, spout and plastic cover are perfect for making yogurt in. I microwave 2 liters of milk for 17 minutes (in my microwave), or until it reaches 180 degrees F. I let the milk cool on the counter for 1 hour (or until the temp drops down to 110 degrees F. Add in 3/8 cup granulated sugar, about 1/2 cup yogurt from the last batch, 2-3 tablespoons vanilla, and about 1/2 cup dry milk powder (it works fine without this too, so that's optional). Place the lid on the batter bowl, wrap in a towel, and place in the just-warm oven. Now, forget about it. Well, not totally, you don't want to accidentally turn the oven on with it still in there. I leave it for about 16 hours. Overnight, and then until about lunch the next day. Place in the fridge and serve the next morning. Now, when you scoop out of the batter bowl, start by scooping from the spout area. When you do this, that area will be full of whey the next morning, and you can just simply pour it off. Do this every morning, and by the last few servings of yogurt, you have effortlessly made a greek-style yogurt. Enjoy!
- The longer you let your yogurt sit on the heating pad, the tangier & thicker your yogurt will be.
- We found that using 2% gave a better texture yogurt than skim milk did.
- Once you have added fruit to the yogurt, it will stop it from setting up properly. It is best to add the fruit right before serving and just stir it in.
- Homemade yogurt will keep well in the fridge for about 7-10 days.
- When you want to make another batch of yogurt, you can use 1/2 cup of the last batch that you made as your starter. I have read that you can use your homemade yogurt as the starter about 5 times, and then it is best to use a new store bought yogurt as the starter.