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Making your own yogurt is so ridiculously simple and tastes absolutely divine. You may never go back to store-bought again.
Note: Cook time is only about 30 minutes, but after that, the yogurt has to incubate for anywhere from 7 to 12 hours, depending on how firm you like your yogurt.
1. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the milk and heavy cream to around 180 degrees, or almost to a boil. You may stir occasionally, but stir gently. I’ve noticed that the more I stir, the tarter the resulting yogurt.
(Is ‘tarter’ a word? All of a sudden, it sounds strange to me.)
2. Once the milk/cream mixture reaches the desired temperature, take the pan off the heat and let it cool to 110 degrees. You can speed this up by putting the pan in a bowl of cold or ice water.
3. In a small bowl, transfer a few tablespoons of the cooled milk. Gently stir in the plain yogurt starter (you can use yogurt from your most recent batch, or just any plain, unflavored yogurt from the store).
4. Pour yogurt mixture back into the saucepan, and stir once or twice to evenly distribute the yogurt.
5. Strain the mixture and pour into individual containers, or a few larger ones.
6. Now the yogurt needs to incubate at about 90-110 degrees to get the culture going. This can take anywhere from 6 to 12 hours. You can use a yogurt maker, or:
a. Use a cooler, wrapping the yogurt container(s) in towels. In the cooler, leave one or two large bottles filled with hot water to keep the interior of the cooler warm.
b. If it’s warm enough outside, you can simply leave the yogurt sitting out.
c. If you have a gas oven, you can leave the yogurt inside your oven with the pilot light on.
7. Once the yogurt is done (if it looks firm enough for you, it’s done – but don’t be jiggling it unnecessarily, else the yogurt will remain loose), move it to the refrigerator and allow it to set for a few more hours.
I make this all the time. I like to use whole milk for my yogurt, but you can use low-fat if you prefer. If, like me, you like your yogurt thick, you can add 3 to 5 tablespoons of powdered milk to the milk while it is heating up. Don’t try to make a thicker yogurt by adding more yogurt starter. The yogurt needs room to grow.
Another variation I love is to replace some of the milk with coconut milk (anywhere from 1 to 2 cups, but you can do more if you’d like). Makes for an extra-decadent yogurt.
When traveling with 6 children on the road, my kids like to munch along the way. Chips are their favorite so I decided to bring a healthier alternative “chip” on the trip. Even the kids who don’t like kale love these kale chips.
I named it this because the nutritional yeast makes it cheesy tasting. It really does taste like cheese but this is a healthier alternative (try nutritional yeast on popcorn!).
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!