Recently I posted a picture of milk on my Facebook page with a comment that I’ll be making yogurt later (among other things … it was three gallons!). A few people asked me for the recipe – so here it is! My Momma’s (slightly improved) yogurt recipe 🙂
We have had homemade yogurt in the refrigerator for as long as I can remember. Both my grandmothers used to make it, and my mom made a batch every weekend. So now I make it – although I’ve slightly adapted the technique my mother and grandmothers used (it seemed slightly barbaric … you’ll see what I mean in a bit).
So here is my version of momma’s yogurt recipe. I’ll leave her notes in the parentheses.
Milk (Whole, or 2%) ……………………………………….. 1 Quart
Yogurt (either homemade or store bought) ……. 1/2 Cup
1 – In a stainless steel pot bring milk up to 180oF (if using raw milk for raw yogurt only heat to 120°F and skip step 2) on medium heat stirring constantly to avoid scorching the milk (Mom didn’t have a temp – “heat the milk until its hot but not boiling – it will start to get foamy. Don’t walk away because it will burn and ruin the flavor of your yogurt”)
2 – Remove from heat and let cool to 120oF. (Again, mom didn’t have a temp “let it cool down a little bit. Stick your finger in the milk, if it’s too hot then it will kill the yogurt culture so you have to wati a little longer. When you can stick your finger in there without it burning, the milk is ready for the yogurt.”)
3 – Take one cup of the 120oF milk and mix it with the yogurt starter. Then pour the mixture into the pot and combine with the rest of the milk.
4 – Pour the mixture into glass jars, cover with a lid, and wrap with towels and a blanket. The goal here is to keep the yogurt at 120 so the culture will turn your milk to yogurt.
**Important note**: DO NOT MOVE OR DISTURB YOUR YOGURT FOR AT LEAST 6 HRs. This process works best for me if I keep it in the oven with the light turned on. It maintains the proper temperature and no one touches it. I also do this at night and the yogurt is ready by the morning.
5 – Carefully pull off the blanket and refrigerate. Enjoy your yummy yogurt!!
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