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!