Is Yogurt Good For You?
Some brands do not even have active cultures (the good bacteria that helps your gut) and others have high fructose corn syrup (or some hide this and just say corn syrup) laced inside. Terrible for your body.
Specialty Organic yogurt can cost up to seven dollars a container (ouch!) Have you ever wanted to make it yourself but thought it would be too hard? Well not so!!! And guess what my friends, we (ahem… grabbing sister and smiling) are going to show you how to do it. Now the hardest part is TIME because you have to wait for the culture to do the job of making your yogurt.
We have found doing it at night helps with the wait (get it, you are sleeping… you don’t notice the wait). Then in the morning in your warm comfy jammies, you run to your kitchen (ok, maybe stumble groggily) and find magic in your crock and therefore you will be hailed by your family as the most wonderful because there it is ready to go like real kitchen magic.
Yogurt In A Crock Pot
For this recipe you will need:
3/4 cup of powdered milk (This is optional. It helps make your yogurt thicker, especially if you are using other than whole cow milk for instance goat milk yogurt using fresh from the goat milk will come out much thinner thing the drinkable yogurts at the store without it.)
Freeze-dried yogurt culture (Cultures For Health has cultures you can purchase or can buy powdered yogurt culture at Whole Foods Market called gourmet) OR
Crock-Pot or another slow cooker
A wooden or plastic spoon.
Yogurt In Your Crock-pot
First, we turn on our crockpot to low and let sit and heat up. We do this while making dinner so it can be warming while we are busy with other things and as a result, it does not seem to take long. Next, pour your milk into a pan and let it heat to 175 degrees F. Afterward pour the warmed milk into the crockpot. Do not overheat the milk or it will scald and taste funny (which is not funny, I have done this).
Time To Culture The Yogurt
Next, turn the crock-pot off and add the 1/2 cup of starter or room temperature yogurt with live active cultures. Cover with several layers of towels or blankets and let it sit undisturbed for 8 – 12 hrs with the lid on and covers wrapped/ No peeking now! You need to seal that heat in.
“Go. Make It Now!” This is my sister pulling my arm and telling me to make yogurt not me being bossy telling you to make yogurt, although I think you would be very happy if you did.
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This is really great yogurt and it is making me hungry just thinking of it and my sister is already getting the stuff to make more granola. I guess I lost her for the rest of this post… (CRASH- muffled voice “I’m alright!”). Be sure to check out our granola recipe! Trust me, you won’t believe how good it is and how easy it is to make. Try it, and let us know what you think, we sure love to hear from you!
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