Over the last couple of years, I’ve had a hard time tossing plastic and glass containers in the recycling bin. I just think there’s so much potential there for reusing them for…something. But recently when putting away the dishes I noticed the huge stash of big 32 oz. plastic Greek yogurt containers. That was the moment I decided to finally try my hand at homemade yogurt.
- 4 c whole milk in a sauce pan over medium heat until it reached 185°
- remove from heat and set pan in ice bath for a few moments until the milk was 110°
- mixed about 1/3 c of the warm milk with 1/2 c plain Greek yogurt (whole), then whisked this into the rest of the milk
- poured milk into three jars and loosely lidded
- heated 2 towels in the microwave for 30 sec.
- nestled a towel in a foam cooler, placed the jars on top of the towel, then topped with the other towel
- placed lid on cooler and left for 6 1/2 hours, then checked and noticed it wasn’t at all warm anymore, so re-heated a towel and placed back on top of the jars for another half hour
- after a total of 7 hours, moved tightened lids and moved to refrigerator
My yogurt never thickened up, and turned out more like thick milk (or super runny yogurt). There are a few things I’ll do differently next time (essentially incorporating the instructions here):
- use Dannon or Yoplait plain yogurt (not Greek — I read that some people have difficulty making Greek style work right)
- use one of my new 1-quart canning jars (the 4 cups of milk should fit nicely)
- briefly heat the oven, turn it off, then place the filled jar in the oven overnight
I refuse to let this first attempt go to waste though! I’ve got my eye on a few baking recipes that call for buttermilk that should work, like biscuits, yogurt cake, and a chocolate cake.
Update: Hurray! I discovered that my oven has a Proof setting. I did some testing and it looks like if I turn the oven on for a moment and warm it up to 110°, then turn it off and turn on Proof, it will hold the internal temperature there. Super excited to try this!
Homemade yogurt POSTS
- Homemade yogurt, take 5 - Everything worked great this time -- this is the process I'll try to keep replicating.
- Homemade yogurt, take 4 - It basically worked, but incubation was too short and flavor was too mild
- Homemade yogurt, take 3 - The incubation period was too long or warm, resulting in a yogurt that's not smooth but otherwise tasty
- Homemade yogurt, take 2 - Different method, fantastic results
- Homemade yogurt, take 1 - Didn't thicken up properly, but still usable as a substitute for buttermilk