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Subject: homemade yogurt?
Date Posted: 1/22/2009 2:57 PM ET
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We eat alot of yogurt here, and because of the economy, I have been downsized to buying the generic stuff with corn syrup. :-( I want to start making our own yogurt at home, and the machines are economical- anyone have one, and are the recipes easy and fun?

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 8:45 AM ET
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I have had a yogurt maker for years, and have made yogurt with it many times.  It is easy and fun. 

But, in my experience, homemade yogurt never comes out as thick as store bought.  At first that made me like the homemade less....but now I actually prefer it.  I think the store brands must add something to thicken theirs up, and whatever that ingredient may be, I'm happy not to have it in the yogurt I make.  I learned after a few tries to add a little dry milk powder to the recipe, and it helped thicken it some.

I use yogurt in smoothies and mix it with fruit and granola.  When I was younger, I actually had to mix it with jam or jelly, to sweeten it up.  But now I actually like it plain, too.   

Give it a try!!  I hope you have fun and success.

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 1:28 AM ET
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I made yogurt a lot when I had dairy goats. We never used a yogurt maker. I heated up my milk, added starter and poured into sterilized glass jars. I capped them and set them on a heating pad on low and covered them with a towel. After about 8 hours I had yogurt. It is thinner that store bought, but really good. You can add fruit and plain old knox gelitin if you want it thicker

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 9:47 PM ET
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What brands of yogurt makers has anyone used or are familiar with ?   We eat alot of yogurt here too, and I like gadgets..so this has got me thinking..maybe I need a yogurt maker.  I researched online and seen you can get ones that you make it in individual jars or one big container. Any more thoughts ?   Thanks L.R. for starting this thread

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 6:43 PM ET
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I made yogurt the entire time my children were growing up, and made it their first food, by making it from their formula.
For the rest of the family, I used instant non-fat dry milk, because we were on commodities and had so MUCH of it. It does, however, impart a taste - non-instant milk is prefered. or canned milk, or even half and half frest milk and instant dry, if you must use instant for economies sake (non-instant is more expensive)
I never used a machine. Here is what I did. I made a margerine tub 3/4 full of double streangth milk (canned milk and canned formula that are concentrate can simply be left as is for this). I stirred in a heaping teaspoon of yogurt from the last batch (or from the grocery store clearly marked 'active live cultures'), put the lid on (or, as someone said, covered it with a towel with a ruberband), and set it in a plastic dish pan full of water just barely too hot tooo touch.
Everytime I walked by, i touched the water. When it was cool too touch, I changed it for fresh, warm water again. In about 24 hours, I peeked inside, and we had yogurt. We stirred in canned fruit, frozen fruit, fresh chopped fruit or jam or jello. It also works to stir in jello powder or pudding powder, and those will thicken it. But stir ins seemed to inhibit growth, to us, so we learned to wait till the yogurt went in the fridge to stir in. Esp, flavor extracts seemed to be a culture killer.
GL.
Date Posted: 1/30/2009 6:16 PM ET
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Sara, Williams Sonoma sales a popular model, that I have read good reviews on. :-) The same model they sale I believe is sold cheaper through amazon.com (but then everything is cheaper through amazon!).

If you add sugar to your yogurt- do you make a "simple syrup" to do it? Or will the granulated sugar dissolve as it sets up in the fridge after preparation?

Date Posted: 2/2/2009 3:02 PM ET
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Check out the thread in this forum on crock pot meals- I think it is something like "Crock pot meals without canned soup".  One of the last posts has a link to a crock pot cooking blog, and somewhere in there is instructions for making homemade yogurt in the crock pot.  I haven't tried it,so can't testify to how well it works, but you might give it a try if you already have a CP- might be a much cheaper alternative to buying a whole new machine!

Edited to add the link to the blog post- http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/10/you-can-make-yogurt-in-your-crockpot.html .  Looks pretty easy to do, actually!

 



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Date Posted: 2/4/2009 1:29 PM ET
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Oh, crock pot yogurt is very intriquing. I am still unsure though how to sweeten it- we can't use honey, 'case we have babies eating it.

Date Posted: 2/4/2009 3:57 PM ET
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I bet you could make a simple syrup (boil water, add sugar, boil until it dissolves and reduces a bit) and use that to sweeten it.  The only thing would be that it sounds like the yogurt made in the CP is kind of on the thin side already, and adding that might water it down even further.  However, you could drain the yogurt before sweetening it- line a colander with coffee filters and put over a bowl, put in the yogurt, and refrigerate until enough liquid drains out and the yogurt is thicker.  I'm planning to try this, maybe this weekend or next, and also make some yogurt cheese, so I'll let you know how it works out when I get a chance.

Date Posted: 2/6/2009 8:30 AM ET
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Thank you Lesley- I am still trying to find a cheap yogurt maker. I think Target has the cheapest one. I want to try the crockpot one, but not until I have seen how its supposed to turn out.