Making your own yogurt is easy - just follow these simple steps
Yogurt can be made in a heavy dutch oven, a yogurt maker, a instant pot with yogurt setting, in a slow cooker or in the oven
- 5 cups milk I prefer whole milk but any milk will do even plant based milks like coconut or almond
- 3 ounces Plain greek yogurt must have active cultures for yogurt to set up
- 3 tbsp honey or aqave syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Put milk in a large sauce pan and slowly heat to 180 degrees. (see note below on pasteurizing the milk for longer period of time).
Remove milk from heat and allow milk to cool down to 110 degrees.
Add yogurt into milk and stir. Add optional ingredients.
Stir then pour yogurt solution into jars, glass bowl etc.
Make Thicker Yogurt To make yogurt thicker here are a few tricks to try:
Add 1/3 c whole milk powder per 1 liter of milk before pasteurizing milk. This increases the volume of milk solid proteins and results in an enriched and thicker yogurt
When pasteurizing milk - keep milk at optimal 180 degree for 20 or longer. Heating denatures the milk proteins so they set together rather than forming curds. Also the little bit of evaporation that occurs during this extended heating process contributes to the thickening process.
Put some water in the yogrt maker to steam. Water allows for accurate and even temperature during the incubation process.
Incubate yogurt for 24 hours. Longer incubation period reduces the lactose or natural sugars found in milk and increases the healthy population of live bacteria. When consumed help to correct the balance of healthy bacteria in the gut. Longer incubation also increases the nutritional profile of any milk used including plant based milks.
Result after pasteurizing milk at 180 degrees for 20 minutes followed by incubating the yogurt for 24 hours in water bath. Yogurt turned out thick through out the jar with creamy texture and subtle tanginess. I added the strawberry preserves after incubation.
This will become my goto method for making yogurt.