Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Homemade Vanilla Yogurt

If you've never had homemade yogurt, you really should try it.  Tart, delicious and GOOD for you!

Recipe courtesy of food.com
Photo courtesy of treehugger.com

7 Servings


4 cups milk (your choice whole-skim)
½ cup powdered dry milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract*
4 -6 tablespoons sugar**
½ cup yogurt starter (unflavored plain yogurt with active cultures)


Set yogurt starter out to warm to room temperature.

Heat the milk to almost a boil. (I like to microwave in a glass bowl). Cool the milk (to a "barely warm"/ babies bath temperature).

Add dry milk, vanilla and sweetener of your choice; stir well.

Stir in yogurt starter (do not whip but mix very well).

"Cook" the yogurt using your preferred method and time (longer makes a firmer, more tart yogurt). I like to cook about 10 hours in my yogurt maker. Chill 4 hours before eating.  Eat alone, stir in fresh fruit, or top with granola. Yummy!

*For plain yogurt, leave out vanilla.

**Optional.  Substitute with an equivalent amount of splenda or honey, or leave out sweeteners completely.

I have never tried it, but many people have been successful making yogurt in the slow cooker.


Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Yum! I never thought of making my own before. How fun.