I have to admit, I was a bit apprehensive about eating milk that had been left in a warm oven overnight. I was eager to see if the yogurt had gotten firm, and how it would taste.
I skimmed off some of the liquidy whey, as I had read that homemade yogurt is not as firm as store yogurt (sometimes due to the companies adding gelatin). I did not strain it, but did find it to be fairly thick. I typically use yogurt for smoothies, so soft yogurt is not a problem for me.
My husband likes sugary yogurt with fruit, but he was brave enough to try it for me.
Yep, he thought it was really gross. I think that was his first time ever trying plain yogurt.
Anyway, he happened to read me a bit of a survival book last night about how you could tell if a plant is edible. Apparently you put it on lips for 3 minutes, then on tongue for 15 minutes, then chew and leave in mouth for 15 minutes, then swallow it and see if any adverse effects appear within 8 hours. If you feel discomfort or irritation after any step, stop; but if you’re still doing fine after the 8 hours, the plant is edible.
So, if I’m still doing well in 8 hours, I’ll report back to you with what will be probably the shortest ever yogurt making tutorial. It was really easy, so I don’t intend to complicate it.
Did I save money?
Well, I got almost 2 quarts of plain yogurt for the cost of 2 quarts of milk and half a cup of yogurt. Essentially, I doubled the value of the milk, based on dairy prices here.
Have you ever made yogurt? Would you be interested in trying it?
Congratulations, I always wanted to be able to make yogurt and also cheese.
The yogurt was incredibly easy. I’d like to try cheese one day too.
Yes, please send me your recipe. I’ve tried it before, but like your husband, I like it sweet. In the past it just tasted sour. Love you blog. I will be living in FL soon. Pat B.
I just posted about how I made mine https://coffeetocompost.com/2016/01/12/how-to-make-homemade-plain-yogurt/ . I swirled in some blueberry jam, and that was really good! Plain yogurt is tart, but if you like sweet yogurt, you would probably like it like that. Thank you for commenting, and I hope you enjoy Florida. We can garden all year long!
Wow! Impressive. I love plain yogurt but I do not think I would have the courage to make it and eat it. Don’t ask me why, out of my comfort zone I guess. Perhaps I need to be more adventuresome in 2016!
Let this be your first adventure of the new year!
It would only cost a few bucks to try it!
I LOVED it. The recipe worked. The hardest part was waiting for the temp to cool down before adding the warmed milk to the plain yogurt. I did change the amount of milk to 3 cups and the plain yogurt to 5.3 oz. Then I followed the directions. I have a cold kitchen, so I used an electric pan and put 2 cups of water on warm and then the bowl with the mixture. I put the lid on and 7-8 hours later, success–I have Yogurt!! I put it into the fridge last night and this morning stirred it up. I had no whey to take off. The yogurt was a little thinner than store bought, but that’s the way I like it. So, I’m quite happy with my new recipe. Thank you, thank you, Thank you. I’m looking forward to your cheese recipe.
Yay! I’m so glad you like it. I agree, it takes forever to cool down. I don’t mind the thinner consistency, especially since I’m saving so much moolah and mostly drink it in smoothies anyway.