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Need help with home-made yogurt

It's been a while since I've made yogurt, and I can't find the recipe I used.

Was just wondering if someone can confirm that I'm doing it right.

Heat milk to 180 degrees.
Cool to 100-110.
Mix in 1 tablespoon of yogurt as a starter, into each jar. Stir well.
Put lid on loosely, keep at 100-110 for about 9 hours.
Cap tightly, place in fridge for 24 hours.
Drain whey off until yogurt is desired consistency.

Am I remembering correctly? I just heated my milk and right now i have it cooling down from 180 to 100-110.

Thanks ladies.

Next I'm going to try making cream cheese.

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Just a couple very slight differences that I do
Heat to 180
cool to 105-110 (never below 105 here)
take out a cup of warm milk and mix with a couple of TBS of yogurt.
Wisk that back into the milk still in the crockpot
put lid on and wrap crock in towel, place in oven (with light on if you have a light....I don't) and keep in there overnight.
Place crockpot in the fridge for a few hours at least and then strain
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:31 AM   #3
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Just a couple very slight differences that I do
Heat to 180
cool to 105-110 (never below 105 here)
take out a cup of warm milk and mix with a couple of TBS of yogurt.
put lid on and wrap in towel, place in over (with light on if you have a light....I don't) and keep in there overnight.
Place crockpot in the fridge for a few hours at least and then strain
Great. Thanks!!!

Does mixing the yogurt with the milk just help with distribution throughout the yogurt?

And to keep at 105-110, I use my slow cooker. I put the glass jars in there with hot water, lid on the jars loosely (to keep condensation out) and put the lid on the slow cooker, and then I check every hour or so. If it's getting too close to 100, then I turn the slow cooker on for a few minutes, and then turn it off.

I'll have to dump some of the warm milk out to make room for new milk w/ yogurt!!

Thanks so much for the help! Can't wait to have fresh yogurt tomorrow with honey and cinnamon... or for my bed time snack with honey and cocoa powder. It almost feels "guilty" like I'm eating a rich pudding. *giggle*

Thanks so much!

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Re: Need help with home-made yogurt

Ohhh! I see. I am lazy and just do the wrapped in a towel oven over night LOL. I think the wisking is just to get the live stuff all spread around. I just did my first batch of greek style yogurt and it came out fantastically. DH even said it tasted good! He didn't like how I used to make it which was more like store bought non fat yogurt.
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Ohhh! I see. I am lazy and just do the wrapped in a towel oven over night LOL. I think the wisking is just to get the live stuff all spread around. I just did my first batch of greek style yogurt and it came out fantastically. DH even said it tasted good! He didn't like how I used to make it which was more like store bought non fat yogurt.
First of all, I had a brain fart.. .stupid preggo brain.. LOL.. I was thinking "I don't have room to add extra milk." Then it dawned on me.. "DUH. I can just pour some of the milk out of each of the jars, whisk in the yogurt, and then pour the milk BACK into the jars." ... yeah, I'm slow today.

And I don't trust putting it in the oven.. I'm too much of a control freak over having to make sure the temperature stays right, I have to check it every hour. LOL

I really prefer home made yogurt, I make my greek yogurt even thicker than the store bought, and I make it with raw-whole milk, from grass-fed, naturally raised cows. You just can't get full fat, greek yogurt at the stores! And if the milk comes from naturally-raised cows, full fat is actually healthier for you.

I love mixing cinnamon, honey and chopped nuts into mine. For desert/bedtime snack, it's honey and cocoa powder!

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First of all, I had a brain fart.. .stupid preggo brain.. LOL.. I was thinking "I don't have room to add extra milk." Then it dawned on me.. "DUH. I can just pour some of the milk out of each of the jars, whisk in the yogurt, and then pour the milk BACK into the jars." ... yeah, I'm slow today.

And I don't trust putting it in the oven.. I'm too much of a control freak over having to make sure the temperature stays right, I have to check it every hour. LOL

I really prefer home made yogurt, I make my greek yogurt even thicker than the store bought, and I make it with raw-whole milk, from grass-fed, naturally raised cows. You just can't get full fat, greek yogurt at the stores! And if the milk comes from naturally-raised cows, full fat is actually healthier for you.

I love mixing cinnamon, honey and chopped nuts into mine. For desert/bedtime snack, it's honey and cocoa powder!

God bless!
Ooh, I never thought to put cocoa powder in it! I've been putting chocolate chips, but I'm gonna try this tonight!

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Re: Need help with home-made yogurt

You will need more yogurt as a starter, usually 1/2 cup. I normally use the starter culture instead, but you will need way more that 1 TBS.
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You will need more yogurt as a starter, usually 1/2 cup. I normally use the starter culture instead, but you will need way more that 1 TBS.
Depends on the size of the jar. I use a generous 1/2 cup of yogurt for 8 cups of milk, so 1 tablespoon per cup.
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