Stop filling landfills with those plastic yogurt containers!
Yogurt has been an important part of our diets for centuries.
Yogurt is one of the healthiest foods we can eat and one of the easiest to make from scratch. In fact, making yogurt at home is healthier, tastier and can seriously reduce your carbon footprint at the same time!
Reasons to make yogurt at home
- Better for the environment
What do you need to make great yogurt at home
- Plain Store Bought Yogurt (yogurt starter)
- Powdered Milk
- Yogurt Maker
- Cooking Thermometer
The first step to making your own brand of perfect yogurt at home is to buy the simplest, most inexpensive yogurt maker on the market.
You can make yogurt using a heating pad or your oven at a low temperature but when you can buy a streamlined yogurt maker that you tuck away when you’re done, one that automatically controls the temperature and timing of your yogurt, the old heating pad draped over your bowl of warm milk just loses its appeal pretty quickly.
A yogurt maker is really just a time and temperature controlled containment system for your yogurt mixture while it forms. It’s just that simple but just that important.
When you can buy a yogurt maker for less than $35.00 that will give you a weeks supply of the best yogurt you ever had in convenient containers that you reuse, it will pay for itself in less than a month while keeping hundreds if not thousands of little plastic yogurt containers out of landfills forever.
Here is the easiest way to make yogurt at home using the Aroma 8 Cup Yogurt Maker with a recipe for fat free, sugar free, super creamy textured yogurt:
- Pour 5 cups of fat free milk into a large pot
- Add 1 cup of fat free powdered milk and stir while gradually heating milk to 180 degrees
- Move pot to the refrigerator and let cool to 115 degrees
- After cooling, gently add 3 tablespoons of fat free, sugar free, unflavored Greek yogurt and stir gently until fully mixed
- Pour mixture into yogurt cups and place into yogurt maker without individual lids
- Put top over the yogurt maker and set the timer for 6 hours.
- At the end of the 6 hours, place tops on individual containers and put into refrigerator until ready to be used
When you are ready to enjoy your individual servings of yogurt, add a tablespoon of your favorite jelly, jam or other condiment for a wonderful blend of smooth yogurt and flavoring.
Tips For Making Yogurt at Home
- If you use fat free milk, use fat free yogurt for your starter
- If you use whole milk, use a whole milk yogurt for your starter
- Don’t over heat the milk
- Mix ingredients gently not briskly
- The longer you let the yogurt form, the tarter it will be
- Don’t put individual tops on until ready for refrigeration
- Save your last container of homemade yogurt to use as a starter for your next batch
Troubleshooting Yogurt at Home
- Yogurt is too tart – shorten heating time. The longer you allow the yogurt to form, the more tart it will be
- Yogurt is too thin – shorten heating time. The longer you allow the yogurt to form, the thinner it will be Yogurt is too lumpy – Milk may have been too hot or not mixed well enough with the starter yogurt