Making Yogurt

Well, I’ve got some yogurt going–my second batch ever!  I bought some yogurt that I like at the Mountain People’s Co-op, and a quart of grass-fed milk, two weeks ago.  I made my first batch of yogurt soon after and it turned out very nice!  We haven’t been eating it much for some reason.  Usually in the summer I make smoothies pretty much every day but I’ve been slacking off.  I’ll be making tzatziki today so using some of what’s left, and I DO want to make smoothies, so I got another quart of that good milk last Saturday, and it’s becoming yogurt today.

Yogurt is easy!  Heat the milk to 190f, cool to 105f, pour a little of it into a few spoonfuls of yogurt in a little bowl, whisk it together, whisk it back into the milk, pour it into jars.  For the culturing time, I lay 2 bath towels crosswise on my oven’s shelf, place my roasting pan mostly filled with very warm water on top of that, place my jars in the water, and wrap in the towels.  Leave it there for several hours.  I’ll be checking it at around 6 hours, I think.  And I wound up leaving it a bit longer.  Ya never know for sure!  I’ve read that it’s 4-12 hours.  I guess it depends on the culture and on the temperature.

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