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Organic Eats: Home-made Yogurt

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Looking to stay healthy and save some money? Try out this tasty, simple and fun, make-at-home yogurt recipe!

What you’ll need:

  • ½ gallon of milk – any percent.
  • 2-3 tablespoons of plain yogurt at room temperature (this is to start the process).
  • 1 8-10 quart stock pan.
  • 1 4-5 quart stock pan.
  • 1 metal or plastic spoon.
  • 1 dial thermometer with clip.
  • 1 heating pad.

How to make it:

  • Create a double boiler: make sure the smaller pan fits inside the bigger one and place it inside the bigger pan. Fill the bigger pan with water until water reaches halfway up the length of the small pan. Hold the small pan in place so that it doesn’t float. Place double broiler on stove and heat until water is boiling.
  • Add milk to the smaller pan: Make sure the water on the outside is about the same level as the milk inside of the smaller pan. Add or subtract water if necessary.
  • Clip thermometer to rim of smaller pan.
  • Heat milk to 185 degrees, stirring frequently.
  • While waiting for milk to warm, create an ice bath by filling your sink ¼ full will cold water. Add ice if necessary.
  • Once milk reaches 185 degrees, place pot in ice bath until temperature reads 110 degrees. Stir occasionally.
  • Once milk has cooled, add a teaspoon of “starter” yogurt and stir to incorporate. Set heating pad to medium. Place covered pan on heating pad and cover with a towel.
  • Let stand for 7 to 8 hours.
  • Remove pot from heating pad and uncover. Milk will have curdled so stir vigorously to incorporate it all together.
  • Pour into your desired container(s). Chill overnight.
  • Stir and enjoy!

This yogurt is easy to make and contains none of the preservatives found in the packaged varieties. After you’ve mastered it, try your own spins and variation or keep it plan and mix with honey, fruit, or whatever else your imagination can come up with. But most importantly keep it healthy and delicious!

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