Make Yogurt at Home
Submitted by Straus Family Creamery
When you have a little extra milk, not enough yogurt, or are just curious about how we make our delicious organic yogurt at Straus, try making your own using this recipe.
Time required: 25 min. active
- 5 cups Straus Organic Milk (whole, reduced fat or nonfat)
- 1/4 cup Straus Organic Whole or Nonfat Plain Yogurt
In a heavy 4-quart pan, heat milk, stirring frequently over medium heat to 185 degrees. Remove from the heat and let it cool to 110 degrees.
Place yogurt in a bowl. Gradually stir in the cooled milk a little at a time, stirring until smooth. Cover the bowl with a moist clean towel in a warm place (about 90 degrees). Your unlit gas oven is a perfect place. The pilot light should be on, of course. Let the mixture sit until it thickens around the edges, about 5 hours or overnight. The longer it sits in the warmth, the more cultures will grow and the sourer the yogurt will become.
Place the bowl in the refrigerator until completely chilled. Your yogurt should last about 2 weeks if stored in an airtight container. Serve with your favorite topping (fruit, honey, granola, etc.) or strain it to make a yogurt cheese. Yum!