Whoah, my apologies for the excessive exclamation points, but I really really really love yogurt. When 17 year-old Thriftygal turned vegan, she reduced her dairy and/or egg consumption by one product every week. The very last non-vegan item she gave up was yogurt. It was also the very first food I ate coming back to vegetarianism a decade later.
So, please excuse my enthusiasm for today’s recipe that you can eat with all the dishes I listed on my “Learn to Cook Like Ma” bucket list. Yogurt. I love it. My sister loves it. My mom uses a lot of it, so of course she makes her own. I find the process a bit magical and very cheap!
And, naturally, I like my mom’s yogurt better than the store kind.
3 cups of 2% milk
2 tbsp of yogurt
- Heat up the milk on the stove or in the microwave.
- Stop heating the milk when it boils.
- Let the milk cool.
Mom touches the outside of the container to see if the milk has cooled enough.
- Add in the yogurt when the food thermometer reads 130 F or 54 C (depending on the button you push).
- Mix well and cover.
- Heat your oven to 100 F (38 C).
- Turn off the oven.
- Put the covered yogurt in the oven.
- Close the oven door, but keep the oven light on.
- Live your life for the next 8 hours.
- Refrigerate your magical creation.
- Make sure to save a couple of tablespoons so you can make some more yogurt in a couple of weeks.
- If you prefer your yogurt less sour, refrigerate your magical creation after 6 hours instead of 8.
- If you forget about the milk while it’s cooling after step 3 and it’s cooler than the temperature you needed, you can heat it up again.
- A film will form on the yogurt after you boil it, you can take it out.
- Or you can leave it in and mix it in. It doesn’t matter.
- You can use whole milk.
Tip: If you’re boiling it on the stove and using a stainless steel pan, wash the pot in cold water before you put the milk in and put the heat on low. This stops it from scorching the bottom of the pot.
Okay, so the first time you make this, you’ll have to buy yogurt, milk and a food thermometer. That ran me roughly $15. After that, you only need to buy the milk. My mom gets 3 cups of milk for about $0.50.