Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

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Yogurt, Part Deux

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A-amaaaaaazing! (Can you hear me singing from where you’re at?)

So I gave the yogurt making a second go. Here’s what I got:

This time I bought Chobani Greek yogurt and whole milk. I meant to get pasteurized instead of ultra-pasteurized milk because I could have sworn I saw somewhere in one of the recipes that you shouldn’t use ultra-pasteurized. But I went with what I bought.

This time I also heated 3 1/2 cups of milk in the microwave for 10 minutes instead of using the double boiler. It was much quicker that way.

After cooking the milk to 110 degrees F, I poured it and 6 oz. of yogurt (instead of the measly 1 tbsp. I used last time)  into a quart Mason jar and set it in the crock pot with some water in the bottom.

I used water in the bottom of the crock pot this go round to help keep an eye on the temp. I had to turn the pot off and on to regulate the temperature because it only has an on/off function.

One time, getting up in the middle of the night to check the yogurt, I saw that the temp was 150 degrees F! Yikes! That may have been why the yogurt was runny the first time around — I must have killed the cultures. (Check the first post here to see those results.)

So I turned the crock pot off and let the yogurt incubate with the temperature cooling off. It was already 1 a.m. and the yogurt was to be finished by 3 a.m.

I woke up this morning to find yogurt! Thick, yummy yogurt!

Chris and I sampled it this morning. With just a sprinkle of sugar and some of the dried peaches it was delicious!

I’ve got two more quarts incubating now. 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Yogurt, Part Deux

  1. Awesome! I am going to try this. You're inspiring me, Beth. 🙂 Guess what? For the first time I actually bought a bunch of something fresh, while it is seasonal and on sale, and preserved it. Last night I froze a couple quarts of peach slices. I'm going to try to make this a habit to try to save money. I want to can tomatoes/homemade marinara this summer, too. Except first I need to learn how to can….. 😉

  2. and if you have extra yogurt you could always try this recipe I just came across:

    http://www.latimes.com/features/food/la-fo-icecreamrec1a-2009apr01,0,3309165.story

  3. @Jamie Kennedy JonesThanks, Jamie! Canning's pretty easy. Buy a Ball Blue Book. It has all the instructions, recipes and tips you'll need.

    I've have to figure out a way to make that frozen yogurt recipe! It looks easy, but I don't have an ice cream maker. Wonder how I could make it without one.