How to Make Yogurt
The Indian diet takes a lot of beating when it comes to variety and the rate at which new dishes and ready made products are added to the market. Adding yogurt to the already rich Indian menu is an excellent option. It is very versatile in the kind of recipes that can be made using it. And anyone who is interested in learning Indian cooking would be delighted to know how easy it is to prepare fresh yogurt at home in an hour.
The first step towards making your own yogurt is to buy a yogurt maker. Preferably a small one called the Maggie’s On-The-Go yogurt maker. The Maggie’s yogurt maker helps you to prepare 3 cups or six 6-ounce jars in not more than an hour. The equipment has a non-stick coated heating plate and a container which is thick-walled and thus allows even and efficient heating. The near-freezing temperature of the electric machine isolates the yogurt from the surrounding environment, and the inner container is made of clear glass which allows you to monitor the progress of your yogurt.
The Process for Homemade Yogurt
The process of culturing yogurt is actually pretty simple. If you want to make your own, you'll need plain, whole milk, which can be either full-fat or low-fat, and some good yogurt or buttermilk as culture starters. You'll also want to sterilize the tempered glass or plastic you'll use to store the yogurt. You can do this using a commercial sterilizer or by simply boiling the container for 5 minutes.
Next, you'll need to heat the milk until it is about 180 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring continuously to keep the temperature even and prevent sticking. It's not necessary to boil the milk, and actually, doing so will only scorch the milk and introduce a burnt flavor to the yogurt. Once the milk has reached 180 degrees, continue to heat it and stir for another 10 minutes to pasteurize the milk.
Now comes the fun part. Let the milk cool to 110 degrees, then add the starter and cover the pot to keep it warm. Place the yogurt on a shelf right above the water heater or in a warm corner of your kitchen to keep the temperature above 100, and leave it untouched for around six hours. The yogurt will thicken and set to the right consistency during this time.
How Long to Culture Yogurt
Yoghurt can be cultured in as little as 4 to 5 hours. The best part is that it can be cultured at room temperature. During culturing, you'll want to keep the temperature at 37 degrees C to prevent the culture from spoiling. However, it is possible to culture yogurt in cooler temperatures with a little ingenuity.
The Yoplait easy cup yogurt container is an ideal temperature and the addition of less than a teaspoon of your own culture can make delicious homemade yogurt.
The way to make your own culture is simple. Take a little less than a teaspoon of plain yogurt from the store and place it in a jar. Add a little sugar and about a teaspoon of a previous batch's culture. Cover the jar with a cotton towel or a coffee filter secured with string. Put the jar somewhere warm and you are ready to make yogurt whenever you want.
The mixture will maintain the right temperature for a few hours as long as the temperature does not dip below 25 degrees C. It takes a little more effort, but you can also warm the mixture up in beakers or jars placed in hot water for 30 minutes before inoculation.
The mix should be kept stirred and the temperature between 35 and 37 degrees C while the culture grows. After 5–7 hours you will have yoghurt to be used fresh or refrigerated to make your favorite sweet or savory dishes.
Long-cultured yogurt is one of the most popular probiotic-based foods you can make at home. In addition to being delicious, it has a ton of health benefits for you and your baby. It also provides you with a wonderful multi-purpose food item that tastes great in many recipes.
With no dairy allergies and a new baby on the horizon, long-cultured yogurt is the perfect food product to make yourself. Not only does it have several health benefits for you, but it helps strengthen baby’s immune system when introduced to him or her right after birth.
Making long-cultured yogurt does require an investment of time, but the end product is absolutely worth it! Plus, it’s very affordable and nutritious compared to buying store-bought yogurt products.
It’s easy to make in small batches using a microwave and a specialized yogurt-maker. They are very inexpensive to buy.
Make a yogurt maker reservation and download the yogurt maker recipe below.