Yogurt is a delightful and easy snack. It's also healthy and supplements many meals. While many prefer to buy yogurt from their local grocery stores, you can also make it at home. If you want to learn how to do this, follow these step-by-step instructions to make yogurt at home using a yogurt machine. You don't need any special culinary expertise, just some time and patience.
Remember to use clean sterile utensils to avoid contamination.
- 1 quart or 1/2 gallon of milk (depending on how many servings)
- Plain yogurt with live active cultures
- Yogurt machine
- Heat the milk in a pot or saucepan for at least 30 minutes until it froths, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon or spatula to prevent burning.
- Remove the milk from the heat and let it cool in room temperature. Stir the milk occasionally to prevent skimming. Using a cold water bath is also effective. You can do this by putting the pot of milk in a bigger pot of cold-water, making sure that the smaller pot is submerged halfway. You'd still have to stir milk, but not as much.
- As the milk is cooling, set the plain yogurt at room temperature.
- Once the milk has cooled down to lukewarm temperature, add 3-4 tablespoons of plain yogurt and stir until evenly mixed.
- Pour the mixture into the yogurt machine. Depending on the brand of the machine, it will either have one main compartment, several small compartments, or even separate containers.
- Keep the mixture warm for 4-7 hours at 110F degrees. This allows the mixture to set. Avoid jostling, shaking, or moving the mixture. The longer you leave the mixture the more tangy and thicker the yogurt.
- The yogurt is ready when it reaches custard like consistency, has a light greenish liquid on the surface and gives off a slight odor.
- Refrigerate for a few hours before serving. It's perfectly normal to have some liquid on the surface after refrigeration. You can drain it out or stir it into the yogurt. Add any flavorings, sweeteners, or jams you desire.
You can use this yogurt to make another batch. The yogurt will stay fresh for 1-2 weeks. The yogurt should taste tangy or tart. If it smells or tastes spoiled, it's best to start a new batch. Always use clean utensils to avoid contamination. You can experiment with different types of milk and flavors for variety.