How to Make Homemade Yogurt

| 6/3/2014 12:06:00 PM

Summer is just around the corner and what better pairing than yogurt and berries? June will ripen the season’s first strawberries, raspberries and cherries; when summer is in full swing you will want to fill your basket with huckleberries, blueberries, marionberries and perhaps even a few gooseberries.

Homemade yogurt is a cinch! You may be under the misconception that you need a yogurt maker to create fresh yogurt, but although these machines are helpful and create the ideal environment for fermentation, they are completely unnecessary!

Homemade Yogurt

Most of the tools needed you probably have around your house:

• quart canning jar
• fluffy kitchen towel
• kitchen twine or rubber bands
• an instant-read thermometer
• spoon or whisk
• oven or a warm area in your home

You’ll start with a scoop of store-bought yogurt (you can eventually use your homemade yogurt as a culture starter). Something to pay attention to when purchasing store-bought yogurt is that the ingredient list includes, “Live Active Yogurt Cultures.”  The live cultures are necessary for turning the milk into yogurt.

6/10/2014 12:07:43 PM

Somewhat dairy-free version: I make mine with a quart of soy milk and 1/4 cup of 5-active culture lowfat yogurt. After heating-cooling-mixing, I wrap my glass crock in a bath towel and store it in the cabinet over the fridge (motor is warm there) overnight. Pop in fridge next morning. I've tried other milks, like almond and coconut, but have only succeeded with soy. Not sure why. But it's so nice to have a fresh alternative without all the additives and preservatives--I'm glad you posted this.