I’ve been reading about how easy it is to make homemade yogurt, and my MIL has been making it for a while, so I was pretty open to trying.
I stumbled upon the Cultures for Health website when I searched the internet for yogurt making. I wasn’t sure what culture to purchase, so I bought a pack of four different types of yogurt in hopes that my kids will love one of them.
When I found a bit of free time, I made my first batch. I followed the directions that came with my purchase, and mixed cold milk with the viili starter in a mason jar. I placed the jar in my oven and waited…and waited…and waited. My milk wasn’t doing a thing.
So the next day I turned off our air before I headed out for the day. And when I returned hours later, I sure had some yogurt. I smelled my mixture and couldn’t decide if it smelled good or bad. (I don’t really tend to love the smell of any dairy products.) I put it in the fridge and sampled a spoonful. It was just okay.
Because I wasn’t sure if the yogurt was good or not, I decided to make another batch.
The Second Batch
I decided to switch things up a bit for Batch 2.
I heated up a couple cups of milk to 180F and then reduced the heat to 110F. Once it reached that temperature, I added 2 TBS of my first batch, mixed it up, and then put it in my oven.
This time, I turned off the AC in the house at the beginning of the process. I turned on my oven so that the light went on, but didn’t select a temperature.
Within 6-7 hours, the yogurt had set and I put it in the fridge.
I ate a bit today and sweetened it with honey. Although I was slightly skeptical of my ability to make yogurt that wouldn’t make me sick, I seem to be just fine and plan to have some more for breakfast tomorrow with granola and less honey.