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Old 08-28-2013, 11:22 AM   #1
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Yogurt failure ?

Why does my yogurt 50% of the time not set up? I have tried different ways and end up pitching it half of the time. Isn't yogurt supposed to be easy?
Crockpot half of the time doesnt work and I tried the stovetop method and NOPE. I used a thermometer and the oven light

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Old 08-28-2013, 11:33 AM   #2
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Do you pay attention to temperature? I make mine in a crock pot, paying attention to temperature instead of time. Mine NEVER fails - here is the recipe:

Fill crock pot with milk, turn it on high. After an hour, start checking the temperature with a candy thermometer. When it reaches 180, shut off the crock pit but leave the lid off. Ladle a cup of the hot milk into a bowl, and give it 15-20 mins and then check the temperature. When it reaches 120, add yogurt and whisk. Let the mixture sit uncovered, the air helps the bacteria to multiply. In about 30 minutes, check the temperature of the milk in the crock pot. When it reaches about 120, mix everything together and cover the crock pot with the lid and insulate with a towel. Let it sit for at least 8 hours, then either eat it as it comes out of the crock pot, or use flour sack towels to strain and make Greek yogurt!
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Re: Yogurt failure ?

I did at 180 but not the second temp just went by "lukewarm". I will give it one more try next trip to the store and if it doesnt work I am throwing in the towel. I REALLY want it to work!
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Re: Yogurt failure ?

Here is my fave recipe- I've made it tons of times and it hasn't failed yet!
http://baconinmypocket.blogspot.com/...stes-good.html
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Re: Yogurt failure ?

I just went to this crock-pot method (LINK) http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/...-yogurt-2.html
after my Dh had been doing it with an incubator (yogurt maker).

I have had no problems but always use a thermometer instead of timing it. I use just a bit less than one gallon of milk.

I strain about half of it for greek and end up with one 32 oz container of greek and one 32oz of regular. I add the leftover whey to oatmeal or water my tomatoes with it.
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Re: Yogurt failure ?

I bet it wasn't warm enough in your oven with the light on. Mine isn't, but my moms is. I think it depends on if you have a pilot light that always keeps the oven kinda warm. After heating the milk and cooling it down (use a thermometer) I poor it into my crock pot crock (I don't plug it in, I just use it because its heavy and holds heat well) that I have warmed up with boiling water and poured out. Then I wrap it in a heating pad and towels. Keeps it nice and warm. Since i have to leave a heating pad on I do it first thing in the morning and then its done at night, becuase I"m paranoid about a heating pad on all night. Oh, and I turn it off when I leave the house, and its still fine.

I have also done the hot water in the cooler method. I've never had a yogurt failure yet. Keep in nice and warm!
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After being super bummed I am now excited again.
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I did at 180 but not the second temp just went by "lukewarm". I will give it one more try next trip to the store and if it doesnt work I am throwing in the towel. I REALLY want it to work!
I bet that's where it went wrong - 120 degrees is still quite warm, and the yogurt needs that warmth to culture so lukewarm isn't really warn enough. Give it another try!
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Do you pay attention to temperature? I make mine in a crock pot, paying attention to temperature instead of time. Mine NEVER fails - here is the recipe:

Fill crock pot with milk, turn it on high. After an hour, start checking the temperature with a candy thermometer. When it reaches 180, shut off the crock pit but leave the lid off. Ladle a cup of the hot milk into a bowl, and give it 15-20 mins and then check the temperature. When it reaches 120, add yogurt and whisk. Let the mixture sit uncovered, the air helps the bacteria to multiply. In about 30 minutes, check the temperature of the milk in the crock pot. When it reaches about 120, mix everything together and cover the crock pot with the lid and insulate with a towel. Let it sit for at least 8 hours, then either eat it as it comes out of the crock pot, or use flour sack towels to strain and make Greek yogurt!
What do you use for amounts on the ingredients?
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