I've wanted to make my own yogurt for a while, but have been intimidated by the process. Bringing the milk to a certain temp but not letting it boil, cooling it to a set temp, and then keeping it warm....wrapping towels around a pot, keeping it in a dark, un-drafty place (hello? old house? not drafty???)...making sure the starter is not stirred into the mix too much.....my brain spins out of orbit when I think about it too much.
But I finally took the plunge. And this is why. This little guy goes against every 'we don't need another thing in the kitchen' lecture I've ever given to Duane as we stroll through the grocery store aisles. Forget about Bed, Bath, and Beyond. We've never made it out of there without some kitchen-y thing. He's worse than some women, I tell ya! The Amazon price is not bad, but we got it dirt cheap and brandy new from Ebay. Nice.
I decided to use the recipe that comes with it but changed it up just a tad by using 1 c skim, 2 c whole, and 1 c oat milk. Yes, I said oat milk. It's a nice alternative to cow milk and didn't change the taste/texture of the finished product in any noticeable way. Mind you - you can't use it for everything! Duane tried making pudding with it last week, and....well....it was kind of like flavored slimey goop. Not so nice. I digress. The result of my forays into homemade yogurt making?
Creamy, sweet, smooth yumminess. Sweet, you ask? Yes! I didn't add any sweetener, but I only let it process for 4 hours, which makes a sweeter and less tart yogurt. Maddy likes it, D likes it, I like it - I'm calling it a win. Next time I'm going to try some goat milk mixed with the regular milk. I'm thinking about making yogurt cheese too! Oh my! The mind boggles with possibilities! (I like food, ya think?)