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Old 02-05-2011, 01:14 PM   #1
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Homemade Yogurt Help

I made yogurt yesterday in the crockpot, and it is really great! Everyone loved it, and gobbled it up. The problem is that it is pretty thin and I had heard you can strain it to make it thicker. We tried straining through a few layers of cheesecloth, and it just all went through. So, I tried a coffee filter and a colander, and it is not really going through at all... So, does anyone know a foolproof method for straining homemade yogurt to make it thicker? I really don't want to add gelatin to it to thicken it.

Also, how long does homemade yogurt last? Not that I think it will last long anyway, since everyone is eating it, but I am sure the novelty will wear off. I want to make sure I use it up in good time, keeping a bit to start the next batch. We are storing it in glass mason jars with plastic screw lids.

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Old 02-05-2011, 02:02 PM   #2
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Re: Homemade Yogurt Help

I have a yogurt maker, basically just a warm plate so you set your milk+culture on it and the yogurt maker just keeps it the right temperature. I've been letting mine sit for 24 hours in the maker and it always ends up nice and thick. I use about 4 cups of whole milk and about 1/4 cup plain organic yogurt as the starter. It works great for me. I always store mine in glass pyrex containers, and sometimes they get consumed within a few days, but I've also had them last up to about 3 weeks in the fridge and it still looks/tastes fine.

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Could you post a recipe for the crockpot version? I've never used my crockpot, lol but would love to start!
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Could you post a recipe for the crockpot version? I've never used my crockpot, lol but would love to start!
Sure, I think I actually got the link from here. I followed the directions here and it was so easy! http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/10/you-can-make-yogurt-in-your-crockpot.html

lizabird, thank you! Maybe if I just let it sit longer than suggested in the recipe, it might thicken up. I have noticed that it is thicker even in the fridge today than yesterday. I don't mind it thin.... but it is pretty messy for the littlies to eat it when it is thinner.
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Re: Homemade Yogurt Help

I thicken it by adding a bit of powdered milk to it before turning the crock pot on. Works wonderfully and you don't need a lot. I just sprinkle some over the top but I imagine I'm using about 1/4 of a cup or so.
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I really want to try this! I'm the only one in the house that eats yogurt though :/ maybe I'll just do it anyways and go on a yogurt diet :P

Do you ladies that make it in the crock use a 4qt one like what she recommends? I only have the big oval one(not sure of the size off the top of my head)
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I used my big oval one, which is bigger than the old 4 qt style. It worked just fine.

Hitchkids -Thanks for that tip - I will try that!
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Can you freeze it? I wouldn't see why not
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Do u think this would work with soy yogurt and soy milk? (or other non dairy milk)?

ETA: Guess someone did and there's a link to it there as well
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I don't see why you couldn't freeze it.

Let us know how it goes with soy milk and yogurt?
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