One thing that I asked Brad to give me for Christmas was a yogurt maker. I looked into getting one earlier this year but didn’t go through with buying one. Wednesday I went to the local natural market and bought some yogurt starter and tried my hand at making a batch of yogurt. To eat it, I added some peach jam that I made this past summer as well as some honey that my cousin gave me from Spain.
It definitely tasted good; however, I need to work a bit on the viscosity. The directions on the starter said to incubate for 4-4.5 hours and the machine directions said to incubate for 7-10 hours depending on how much fat is in the milk. I went with 7.5 hours but probably should have done closer to 9 because it was a bit runny. The prep time took me about an hour before putting it in the machine. The milk has to be brought to 180 degrees then cool it to 110 degrees before putting it in the machine; it was the cooling time that took the longest.
Once I get the process down, I will start experimenting with different flavors and milks. We froze a ton of fruit this past summer so I’m thinking that it could be used to flavor the yogurt. I’d love to make a dairy free yogurt as well so that I could use it in some recipes I want to try and also so Brad could eat it.
Do any of you make your own yogurt? What are your favorite flavors to make?