My status the other day on my Walking on Sunshine's Facebook page was the following:
"Making yogurt this morning because having store-bought
yogurt for breakfast is no longer an option."
And THAT one status, along with THIS picture, generated a ton of comments and requests.
Homemade GREEK Yogurt...
So, as requested, here is the recipe I used to make homemade yogurt...
1/2 gallon of WHOLE milk
1 small container of plain yogurt (with live and active cultures)
Place the 1/2 gallon of whole milk into your crock pot...
Set your crock pot to HIGH and cook until the temperature of the milk
reaches 180 degrees, this took my crock pot almost 3 hours.
But check YOUR milk after 2 1/2 half hours...
Now, remove the lid, unplug the crock pot
and let the yogurt COOL down to 110 to 115 degrees.
I just left the lid half on/half off.
This step took almost 1 and 1/2 hours...
Stir the container of store-purchased PLAIN yogurt into
the cooled down milk and mix very well.
Please make sure there are live and active cultures in your purchased yogurt.
It does NOT have to be Greek plain yogurt.
I could not find regular plain yogurt while shopping the other day...
Place the cover back on and wrap
2 heavy towels around your crock pot.
Yes, I used a camouflage towel, after all we are an Army family...
Now, the waiting begins!
Pretend you do NOT see this on your counter
and let the mixture culture overnight or 8 to 12 hours.
In the morning when you uncover your crock pot, you will have yogurt...
It will be THIN yogurt because it does not have all the additives and gelatin's which
brings us to STEP TWO of waiting, where we drain the yogurt.
Line a strainer with cheesecloth and place over a bowl large enough to fit the strainer inside.
(Yes, that is the inside of my salad spinner)
I also placed the strainer on top of a smaller bowl so that while the yogurt
is draining it's not "sitting" in the liquid that will collect in the bowl...
Add your yogurt...
Cover with the cheesecloth and place plastic wrap on top.
You DON'T have to use a towel, it was just handy.
Place in the REFRIGERATOR and let drain overnight or 8 to 10 hours...
After draining, this is what you get,
beautiful and thick and DELICIOUS Greek yogurt...
This is all the liquid that drained from the yogurt...
Transfer your Greek yogurt to a container and add sweetners to your taste.
I added almost 1/4 cup of artificial sweetener...
Add some fruit and ENJOY...
Once you have tasted homemade Greek yogurt, you will not
want to eat store-purchased yogurt again.
This process may seem like a lot of work, but it's NOT.
Just a lot of time and waiting, but NOT a lot of work and
the taste is so worth the time, trust me.
I followed the The Virtuous Wife's recipe from her blog HERE.
Blondee, from Blondee's Diary, also has a GREAT recipe which doesn't use
the crock pot and can be found HERE.
Blondee also explains how to use the liquid drained from the yogurt HERE.
AND Lorraine, has another GREAT recipe that you can
find on her blog, With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart, HERE.