Thursday, January 21, 2010

Who's with me?

Wow... turns out that Faith & Family also had a post yesterday about making things from scratch! Great minds think alike, huh? *grin*

Anyway, in that post she links to A Year of Slow Cooking, which takes us all step-by-step through making yogurt in the crockpot!

I guess I have no excuse now... I'm going to have to give it a shot. I'm thinking this is going to be a weekend project (barring major sicknesses... typhoons... or me forgetting to buy whole milk at the grocery store)

1 comment:

Amber said...

I've been making yogurt in the crockpot for about 9 months now and it is super easy. I can just about do it without thinking about it. One shortcut I do from that recipe - I don't pull some of the cooled milk out to mix the yogurt with, I just put the yogurt in with all the milk in the crockpot. I haven't had any problems with clumps and it saves getting a bowl dirty. :-) Sometimes I'll heat the milk and yogurt a bit in the crockpot if it cools down too much. I try to make sure the crockpot mixture is at 108-109 when I turn off the crockpot. That seems to give the best results.

Oh, and don't ever try to blend the yogurt with fruit or anything - it completely liquidates the yogurt! You have to blend the fruit first then stir it into the yogurt. Same thing goes for making yogurt dressings and dips. Yes, this is the voice of experience here....

Oh, and I like the Stonyfield Farms yogurt best as a starter - I've used four different ones (I have to start fresh about every 4 batches or so - either it starts to get too tart or I accidently let the last bit of yogurt go bad) and that has been my favorite for flavor and texture. It is more expensive, but I figure I can spend a dollar on my starter when I can make upwards two gallons of yogurt with it!

Good luck!