Monday, December 1, 2008

Energy Efficient Way to Make Your Own Yogurt

Continuing on the yogurt superfood theme from Dipa's last article, I thought I would share this energy-efficient way to make your own yogurt.

Supplies/ Ingredients:

  • 1 thermos (I use Copco's stainless steel)
  • Milk (enough to fill your thermos - 2 cups for me)
  • 1 pot (big enough to hold your milk - 2 quart/ 1.9 L for me)
  • 2 tablespoons of yogurt at room temperature (store-bought or whatever you have, be sure there are live and active cultures)
  • 1 cooking thermometer (optional, you can also guess like I do)
  1. Set out 2 tablespoons of yogurt to let it reach room temperature.
  2. Warm up the milk in the pot until it starts to rise but not boil (about 185 degrees).
  3. Let the milk cool down to 110 degrees. (I estimated this temperature by touching the milk. 110 degrees to me feels hot but not so hot that I can't put my finger in it. I found it takes about 10 minutes for it to cool down to this temperature with my supplies, so now I jus wait and don't need to touch it. Make sure it isn't too hot or else it will kill your bacteria and you won't get yogurt.)
  4. Add your 2 tablespoons of yogurt to the milk and stir until it is well distributed.
  5. Pour the mixture into the thermos.
  6. Wait about 6-7 hours and then you should have yogurt!

click here for Dipa's article on the benefits of yogurt

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