Since we are enjoying the health benefits of drinking raw milk, I thought I would look into how to make raw yogurt. I tried making it before, but it was too technical and complicated. After searching the Internet, I found an absolutely simple way to make it. I was amazed! I thought you had to have some special sort of yogurt machine to make this stuff, but that's simply not true. The key to success is having an ice chest with a lid and a thermometer.
All you need is an ice chest, warm water, a thermometer, store bought yogurt, a whisk, milk, glass jars and lids to store your yogurt, and a couple of pots.
Here's what you do:
- Get an ice chest that is big enough to hold your jar/jars of milk.
- Fill the ice chest half full with warm water (115` F)
- Close the lid.
- On the stove, warm your milk to 115`F stirring often. (Use a double broiler or something similar to keep the milk from burning)
- Add 1/4 cup of store bought yogurt to the warm milk and mix thoroughly. (I like to use yogurt that has at least 4-6 different types of live cultures in it. Check the labels on the back of the container. The one in the picture is NOT the one I used. I don't remember which brand of yogurt I tried and I already threw away the container. Sorry.)
- Make sure the temperature reaches 115`F then take it off the stove.
- Pour the yogurt/milk mixture into glass jars and screw the lids on tightly. You don't want the water to leak into your jars!
- Gently place the filled jars into your ice chest. Remember, it's half full of warm water.
- Make sure your jars are completely submerged under water. If not, add more 115`F warm water until jars are covered by at least an inch.
- Put the lid back on the ice chest and do not open or move for at least 8 hours. (If you make this right before bed, it will be ready in the morning.)
- The longer you leave the yogurt in the ice chest, the more sour it will become.
- When the 8 hours are complete...you have your very own homemade yogurt!!!
- Be gentle with your new creation and place it in the fridge to cool. Don't stir or shake until completely cooled or it might mess up the consistency of the yogurt. This yogurt won't be quite as thick as the store bought kind because they add thickening agents, but that's okay. It tastes wonderful!
- If you want to make flavored yogurt, you can do that after it cools. Just add your sweetener and/or fruit and stir gently.
- Sit back and smile and enjoy not only the yummy yogurt, but also the fact that you have been industrious and have saved money in the process. Nice.
- To make more, be sure to save at least a 1/3 cup of your yogurt. If you remember to do that, you won't have to buy yogurt at the store ever again.