Easy Yogurt Recipe

In this post you'll learn how to prepare homemade yogurt. Everyone I've trained so far, has been surprised at how easy it is to make your own yogurt.

The recipe is really simple. All it takes to prepare a batch is about 10-15 minutes. And even better, you can use either milk powder, uht milk, regular milk or fresh milk from a farm. The flavor basically comes out the same.

So, what are the benefits of homemade yogurt?

It's inexpensive, fun and easy to prepare, make it as thick and sour as you like and it can be eaten fresh (before refrigeration.)

You need a clean container with a lid that closes tightly. Any size will do, but I suggest you start with a 1-liter container (1 quart.) You also need a cooler box that is big enough for the container. The cooler box should also have a lid.

The idea is to mix the ingredients in your container and put on the lid. Then, place the container in the cooler box, close the lid and leave it for 8-16 hours. The cooler box will keep the milk warm so the yogurt bacteria can multiply.

If you don't have a cooler box, you can use a large plastic container or wrap towels round the container.

In order to prepare 1 liter (1 quart) of yogurt, you need 1 liter (1 quart) of milk or approximately 200 grams (7 ounces) of milk powder. It doesn't really matter what type of milk you use, since the live yogurt cultures completely changes the taste and texture of the milk.

Put the milk powder in the container and add 800 milliliters (27 ounces) of water. The temperature of the water should be about 50 degrees celsius (122 fahrenheit.) If you don't have a thermometer, just make sure it's warmer than your body temperature.

Mix it well with a tablespoon. Make sure there is no milk powder stuck at the bottom and in the corners. By mixing it well, there won't be any lumps in the yogurt.

For those of you who prefer to use milk, heat it in a saucepan to about 50 degrees celsius (122 fahrenheit.) If you don't have a thermometer, just make sure it's warmer than body temperature. Then, pour the warm milk into the container.

The final step is to add a tablespoon of your favorite yogurt with live cultures. Mix it well using the spoon. Make sure the starter is completely mixed with the milk, which shouldn't take more than a minute of gentle stirring.

Let The Yogurt Set

Next, put on the lid and stick the container in the cooler box. Keep the cooler box in room temperature and in a place where there is no draft.

If you don't have a cooler box, place the container in a large container and put the lid on. Another way to keep it warm, is to warp the container in a big towel.

Leave it for 8-16 hours. The longer you let it set, the thicker and the more sour the yogurt gets. The best way to check if it's ready, is by tilting the container. If it looks thin, leave it for a couple of more hours. Putting a spoon in the yogurt disturbs the process, so it's better to check the thickness visually. Experiment and see what works best for you.

Fresh yogurt is delicious. So, have some before you refrigerate it.

Please note, always make sure you use clean containers.

Have fun!

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