By Dr. Angela Potter
Homemade yogurt is simple to make. My family makes it at home multiple times a week! Yogurt is a great snack, it’s full of beneficial bacteria to help with digestion and it can be used in both sweet and savory dishes.
Some people use electric yogurt makers, which work fine, but I want to share with you how easy it is to make yogurt without buying any extra equipment.
Why make yogurt at home?
It’s cost effective
Buying a half gallon of milk and making it into yogurt will give you about twice as much yogurt for the price as buying it in the store!
You can choose the type and quality of milk you want to use
Since you’re saving money, you can spend more on good quality pasture milk that will have more vitamins and minerals. Saving money and better nutrition? It’s a win-win!
You control what goes into the yogurt
Some people like having sweetness added to yogurt. A lot of the sweetened yogurts in the store have a lot of unnecessary added sugar. Instead, make plan yogurt at home and then scoop a bit of it into a bowl, add some thawed frozen blueberries, a pinch of sugar (if you please!) and you have yourself a yummy snack. Other things to add to yogurt are nuts, granola, or nut butters.
Homemade Yogurt Recipe
A tablespoon of previously made yogurt
Glass jars, optional
1. Put about a quart of milk in to a sauce pan and heat up over low heat. No need to measure exact amounts – use however much milk you want!
2. Let come to a boil and immediately turn off the heat and let cool to a warm temperature. You can use a thermometer as well. If you do, make sure the milk is cooler than 100 degrees.
3. Add a tablespoon of yogurt, and mix with the whisk to incorporate.
4. You can pour the milk into glass jars, or, if you’re using a stainless steel pan, you can keep it in the pan to ferment. Both work just fine.
5. Turn on your oven light.
6. Set inside a cool oven that has the oven light turned on. Let it sit overnight until firm. By morning, you will have fresh yogurt!
*I have always made yogurt with cows milk, I have not experimented with alternative milks.