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Old 12-30-2011, 06:44 AM   #1
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Talk Me Into Making Yogurt W/O Machine

I don't want any more appliances and I'm trying to simplify. I know yogurt can be made at home, but I'm very iffy on the specifics. I even have a recipe. I just feel very unsure and have a lot of questions.

What kinds of things do I need?
Do I need a heating pad?
How much do I have to sterilize?
I can use regular plain organic yogurt as a starter right?

Thanks!

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you can make it in a crock pot if you have one
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Re: Talk Me Into Making Yogurt W/O Machine

I have been making this weekly for a few months now....
http://baconinmypocket.blogspot.com/...stes-good.html

the only difference is that I put my glass jars in the oven set at 250 for the half hour it takes to heat the milk and that is enough sterilization for me.

Make sure the yogurt you use has active cultures and you're good to go. I have even been making mine with a 0% fat yogurt and I add stevia instead of sugar and it turns out great every time!
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Re: Talk Me Into Making Yogurt W/O Machine

I did some research on yogurt makers on Amazon, and it looks like you still have to heat and cool the milk yourself -- basically you put it in the yogurt maker after it is all ready to go and it just keeps it warm for you. Maybe I am understanding it wrong, though. I heat mine in a kettle on the stove, so it's pretty simple. Heat to 190 degrees (after the first few minutes, I stir it pretty constantly so it doesn't burn). Keep at 190 for about 10 mins. Cool in a sink of cold water to 120. Add starter yogurt, sugar, and some vanilla. Then I pour it into pint size mason jars, put the jars into a 6-pack-sized hard sided cooler, and cover with hot water. Let it sit for about 6ish hours, then put in the fridge. In the morning, it is ready to go. I like it to be easy to grab and go, so I have some small glass bowls with covers -- once the yogurt is all ready, I put it in the small bowls and usually add some strawberries.
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I second the mabacon recipe. It works fantastic. Much nicer yogurt than the crockpot type and I like that the vanilla and sugar are in it. I put my jars through the dishwasher and that's always been fine.
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I'm actually making this one right now. So far so good, I took them out of the cooler and into the fridge until morning. They look like they set completely. I think I'm going to strain it though bc my ds2 prefers greek yogurt to regular.
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Re: Talk Me Into Making Yogurt W/O Machine

It's easy, in fact I have some working right now (-:

You need very little - just culture and a container. You don't have to sterilize, milk from the store is ultrapasteurized and virtually sterile but I would use an unopened container, not one that's been used out of a few times. Personally I make my yogurt from raw milk. I raise Nubian goats.

Yes you can use plain yogurt as a starter. Or you can buy culture. My favorite is Y5 from New England Cheesemaking. http://www.cheesemaking.com/store/p/...5-packets.html
If you use yogurt you'll have to figure out how much to use, I'm not sure. I'd imagine 1/2 c to a half gallon would do it.

I heat my milk in the microwave or stovetop if you prefer to about 110 F. You can use a thermometer if you want, I don't. I put my culture in, in my case I use one packet to a half gallon of warmed milk, then shake and let sit. I don't worry if the temp drops, I will set it on the heat grate or somewhere where it's a bit warm. I would not recommend a crock pot, it gets too hot and will destroy the bacteria. If you do use a crock pot, you will have to watch it so the milk doesn't get above 115 or the culture will die. If you want to get real fancy, heat to 110, add the culture, wrap the jar in a couple towels and set it somewhere kind of warm. That should do it.

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I don't want any more appliances and I'm trying to simplify. I know yogurt can be made at home, but I'm very iffy on the specifics. I even have a recipe. I just feel very unsure and have a lot of questions.

What kinds of things do I need?
Do I need a heating pad?
How much do I have to sterilize?
I can use regular plain organic yogurt as a starter right?

Thanks!
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We love homemade yogurt here. I make small amounts, one quart at a time and make it every other day, but sometimes daily. I have found that if I have lots in the fridge, towards the end, it gets too runny for us. I'm also lazy and don't like extra steps so I did it by MckMama's recipe and LOVE it!!
We don't sterilize, just handwash. I've been doing it for about 2 months maybe?
We use a cast iron saucepan and lid because that holds heat best. Pour milk in, heat to 180 F, then let it cool until 110 F. While it is cooling, the lid is on the Electric burner using the residual heat to warm up. After it reaches 110, drop in 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt (store bought for first batch, then the rest is from the previous batch). Stir it in gently, cover and then wrap it in towels. I leave it on our boiler (it's warm area, but the boiler doesn't stay on all the time. The pot is just get at retaining heat). It sits for 24 hours to get the most probiotics. Kids have a room temp yogurt in the morning, which they love! The rest gets out into a recycled glass jar and stuck in the fridge.
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http://mycharmingkids.net/2011/12/no-whey/

The original instructions are linked off that blog post. I forgot to add that mine comes out just as thick or slightly thicker than store bought whole milk yogurt. We make ours plain, but have it with honey, muesli and flax seed.
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