Can I just say I am feeling pretty accomplished with my first yogurt attempt – it was a success!
It looks, smells and tastes like yogurt.
First, I started with my sterile work environment.
Or, clean enough. Then I poured in a half gallon of 1% milk, since that’s all we had, into the pot along with a half of cup of dry milk, vanilla and shook in a little cane sugar. I had my high quality directions and organic greek yogurt nearby as I heated and heated and heated and heated the milk to 185 degrees. I was excited to use my thermometer again after my fudge flop. I had an ice bath ready for the cooling process but my teething babe suggested I let it sit on the stove instead while I nurse her. She was convincing. After the batch got to 115 degrees, I added the yogurt and stirred.
Next I wrapped up the pot lovingly with towels and placed it on my heating pad on a wooden cutting board and set my tea timer on my Droid for 7 hours. Six and a half hours later, I couldn’t stand it anymore and lifted the lid to peek. And Oh my goddess – LOOK – I made yogurt!! Amazing. I directed the empty bowls to line up to be served and gave them top shelf spots in the fridge to chill overnite. And everyone, except Dreg, tried the yogurt with added flax seed oil and a little maple syrup and loved it.
Hooray for me! I totally loved doing this and hope to make Sunday the official yogurt making day always.
Unless of course, I need to make more by Wednesday.