Sunday, March 28, 2010

52 Projects Week 10: Yogurt!


I have been intensely reflective, of late, and one thing I have been reflecting upon, is how very good participating in 52 projects has been for me. How very right on it is, for right now.

For me, 2010 has been very much about moving through obstacles, most of my own creation. Most of what I'm pondering is still so much inside, not really solid enough to articulate. But this weekly commitment, here, has really supported this growth.

But on to the week 10 project, yogurt!

My mom has been makng yogurt FOR YEARS. Why I considered it to be at all intimidating, I'm not sure. But after reading this here, on the benefits of eating yogurt (thanks mom!), I decided it was time to try. It was so easy!

I used this product for yogurt starter, and pretty much followed the instructions inside. I did use about half as much started as was recommended, per mom, and it worked out just fine.

1/2 gallon of whole milk, heated to boiling. I also added 1/2 cup of powdered milk, which I'd read online results in thicker yogurt, which I prefer.

Once the milk is heated to boiling, you have to cool it to 108-112F degrees. 110 seemed about right to me. The cooling took longer than I expected, about an hour.

Once the milk was cool, I whisked the starter into a small amount of lukewarm milk, then mixed that with the rest of the milk.

Poured it into mason jars...we were short 1/2 cup from milk used for cereal that morning, which you can see in the jars. Then, and here's the trick...I popped in into the oven, which you can do, if you have a gas oven with a pilot. No yogurt maker required. You don't even need to turn it on, just don't forget it's in there and preheat for something else! My mom has been doing it this way for years. It does take longer than the 4 hours the packag indicates. Mine took about 10 hours. I did it in the morning and it was ready before bed.

Here it is...and one quart is already gone!


ros said...

wow - who knew you could do that without loads of equipment!! Does it have a flavor or is it plain? Good job

onasilentsea said...

nice work! didn't realize it could be so easy.

Arianna (Erika) said...

I love yogurt! I also have the same question: What flavors are available? or is the plain? I like plain with honey and granola. Now, I am hungry ;)

Diana said...

Hi All!

The yogurt I made was plain. This link here has some flavoring ideas. I haven't tried yet, but may do vanilla soon, because my daughter loves it.

Diana said...

Also, if you google yogurt making, there are other options for incubating...crockpot, heating pad, woodstove...

Jane said...

Wow! That looks amazing! Thank you for those kind words about 52 Projects. I am in very similar places as you and I really needed to come up with a project that would give me the chance to connect with others and challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone at least once a week...and 52 Projects was born :) Thank you for being a part of the group. It gives me such a thrill to see people participating, sharing and expanding themselves.

Lis said...

such memories ... as a teen i had one of those yogurt maker machines and it was always super runny ... will have to try your method here!

newmumover40 (to be!) said...

I would never have thought of making yogurt. How completely intriguing!