My kids LOVE yogurt. It’s an understatement to say that she likes it. She nearly lives on it. So it adds up when I’m buying organic yogurt on a constant basis. Someone suggested making it myself so I gave it a try. After 2 tries, I got the hang of it and I now think it’s going to be a regular occurrence.
- 1/2 gallon or 1 gallon (depending on how much you want to make)
- 1-2 tbs Starter yogurt (can be left over from a previous batch or from store bought yogurt)
- Cheese Cloth/Fabric
- Place milk into crockpot and cook on low till 180*. Usually between 1-3 hours.
- Cool to 120*. Usually takes about 1-3 hours.
- Skim off the thin layer of crusted milk along the top and discard.
- Remove 1 cup or so of milk and mix in 1 tbs of starter yogurt.
- Return this mixture to the crock pot and stir back and forth softly.
- Put crock pot into safe place (I recommend an oven), wrap with towels, and allow to ferment. Usually about 8-12 hours. The longer it ferments, the more sour it will become.
- You can then eat your yogurt. OR, you can strain it with fabric. The thicker the fabric, the thicker the yogurt.
What do with the whey?
As a product of making the yogurt, you’ll end up with whey. If you are like me, you’ve never used whey before I started making yogurt. It took a little to figure out ways to use it. I haven’t done all of these but have done a few.
- Feed it to your animals (chickens, dogs, etc.). Its a good source of enzymes and protein.
- Use it in recipes such as pancakes in place of water or milk
- Add to soups or broths
- Make protein shakes or smoothies
- Dilute and spray on plants to kill or prevent powdery mildew
- Dilute and add to the soil of your acid loving plants (like blueberries or azaleas)
- Soak grains, beans, or nuts
- Some have claimed to use it as a face toner, face mask, or hair conditioner
- Freeze it and use for later