I have been making my own yogurt for a few months now and we are loving it! It's so easy, I wish I would have tried it sooner! Like usual, I did some research and looked over many yogurt recipes. There were crock pot, stove top, using a cooler, or oven methods. I took bits and pieces of each recipe and did what would work best for me. I also knew I wanted a thicker yogurt and vanilla flavor, as we use our yogurt mostly for smoothies. So what I have come up with works wonderful and I'm so pleased with the results! It's delicious and creamy!
What you need to get started:
1 gallon of milk (I started out using whole milk because that is what most recipes called for. I then switched to 1% because I really wanted a lower fat yogurt, and it's works just as good)
1 cup of yogurt starter (you can use one cup of plain Dannon or Yoplait, or a cup from your own previous batch)
4 or 5 quart glass canning jars and lids (I always sterilize mine in the dishwasher)
1. Pour one gallon of milk into a large, heavy bottomed stockpot. Heat the milk to 185-195 degrees.
Speaking of frozen fruit.... our local grocery store had a sale on fresh peaches this past week, so I stocked up! My kids probably ate a few good pounds, and then I froze the rest. It was more of a process then I imagined, but I know it will be worth it.
I know it saves me a lot of money, by taking the time to do these things, and I really do enjoy it! I figured with the yogurt, I can buy the milk for $1.99 a gallon. So each quart averages out to about .50 cents. That definitely beats the $2.50 I was paying in the store. It also gives me the satisfaction of knowing exactly what is in the food they are eating and it's healthy for them!