So I received my yogurt maker yesterday and I was shaking with excitement as I brought the box into the house. I washed the jars and immediately got to work on my first batch.
This is what it looks like. It makes seven individual cups of yogurt and I found out that you can place a glass bowl in it to make one large batch. I don't think that's what it's intended for but hey, it makes sense.
First step was to heat my milk to 180 degrees. It said 42oz of milk, so that's what I used.
Then put the pan of hot milk into a cold water bath to bring down the temp to 110 degrees.
In a separate bowl, put 6oz of store-bought plain yogurt as a starter and mix it with 2 cups of the lukewarm milk.
Pour the yogurt/milk mixture back into the pan of lukewarm milk and whisk together.
Then fill each cup with the milk. I ended up with 1 cup of milk leftover. So next time, I'll use 8oz less milk. I turned it to 7 hours and put the lid on. And went to bed...I didn't think it through before I started on this batch that this would have the batch ready at 1am. I got up at 1am and unplugged the machine and put the jars in the fridge.
But I woke up this morning to 7 little jars of homemade yogurt! I mixed mine with a little honey and it was delicious! It wasn't as thick as I imagined it would be and reading more about it, I found out that homemade yogurt is not as thick as store-bought. Store-bought adds gelatin to theirs to make it thicker. I can do things to make it thicken up more, but really, I enjoy it like this. It's exactly the consistency for good fruit and granola parfaits.
I'll be doing this again but I'll be using my crock-pot to make it, for those who don't want to buy a dedicated machine. I'll let you know how that batch turns out.