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Old 09-03-2013, 07:53 PM   #21
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It tastes great but, without sweetening or fruit it reminds me of sour cream

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You can add 1/2-1cup of sugar and 1tsp of vanilla extract to your warm milk(assuming you are making 1/2gallon) when you add your culture to flavor it. I use 1/2c of sugar for my children because I always cut storebought flavored yogurt with half plain yogurt in order to cut down on sugar and they didn't notice a difference. If you have extra yogurt that you need to use up, try making yogurt popsicles. That's dessert a lot in this house. Sometimes I put cut up bits of fruit that needs to get used because it's turning bad and squishy. Or just fill an ice cube tray with yogurt that needs to get used up and use them in smoothies later on. It works nicely to prevent waste.
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OT...sorry..coffeemama..your pittie is BEAUTIFUL!!!
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Re: Yogurt failure ?

The yogurt recipe I've always used just says to wrap the crock in a large towel (to retain heat) when you put it into the cold oven. No mention of turning on the light. I'm really surprised that the light would heat up the oven at all.
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You can add 1/2-1cup of sugar and 1tsp of vanilla extract to your warm milk(assuming you are making 1/2gallon) when you add your culture to flavor it. I use 1/2c of sugar for my children because I always cut storebought flavored yogurt with half plain yogurt in order to cut down on sugar and they didn't notice a difference. If you have extra yogurt that you need to use up, try making yogurt popsicles. That's dessert a lot in this house. Sometimes I put cut up bits of fruit that needs to get used because it's turning bad and squishy. Or just fill an ice cube tray with yogurt that needs to get used up and use them in smoothies later on. It works nicely to prevent waste.
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OT...sorry..coffeemama..your pittie is BEAUTIFUL!!!
Thank you, he is actually an American Bulldog. Our city has a Pit ban so we couldnt get one which I think is RIDICULOUS

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The yogurt recipe I've always used just says to wrap the crock in a large towel (to retain heat) when you put it into the cold oven. No mention of turning on the light. I'm really surprised that the light would heat up the oven at all.
I thought that same thing but with all of my issues w/ it failing I just did it anyway.
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:52 AM   #26
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I used to always use an incubator for making yogurt and since moving (2x in 3 months), I had to resort to store bought. After tons of $$$ down the drain for that, I tried the crockpot method and love making a gallon of yogurt at a time since straining it yields a half gallon or so of greek style. I use my small oven and wrap a big bath towel around the crock insert and let it sit 12 hours or more. So far very successful. I have only used whole mlk to make yogurt, since usually using a lower fat yogurt results in looser yogurt since there are less solids in it. When I first started using an incubator, I would make fat free yogurt by adding in 1-2 cups of powdered milk to the heated milk (per half gallon of milk). (This was back when the doctors told me to manage my acid reflux to eat a low fat diet, but since reading nourishing traditions, I have changed to whole milk and it makes all the difference). Anyways, glad to see others making yogurt.
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