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How to Make Homemade Yogurt

April 14th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Even with only one Nigerian Dwarf Dairy goat milking right now, we have an abundance of milk.  Gypsy gives a little over one quart a day.  It’s not a huge amount but it is more than Randy and I will normally use so my challenge has been to find ways to use it all.

Kory, our dog, gets her bowl half full twice a day.  Goat’s milk is highly digestible so it is safe to give to dogs.  Cow’s milk will often give them an upset stomach.  She also gets a dollop of yogurt every day.

We have been trying to eat at least a small amount of yogurt every day and this seemed like a great chance to put some excess milk to good use.  I started with a quart of fresh goat’s milk and six hours later I have a quart of tasty yogurt.

This recipe uses no special equipment or cultures and you can make it with regular homogenized milk if you prefer.

Homemade Yogurt Recipe

Yogurt Ingredients

Yogurt Ingredients

1 Quart Milk
1 Heaping tablespoon bought plain yogurt
1/2 cup powdered milk (optional but makes yogurt thicker)

Add the powdered milk and stir until completely dissolved.  Heat the milk, stirring occasionally and bring it just to a boil.   As soon as it boils, remove from heat and allow to cool to approximately 115 degrees F.  You can use a thermometer if you have one but the milk should feel warm to the touch but not hot.  Temperature is important so if you aren’t sure, use a thermometer.

Once the milk has cooled, add the yogurt culture and stir well.

Now the fun begins.  I use a crockpot and fill it half way with warm water.  I put the jar of yogurt into the water and turn the crockpot to warm.  Let it sit for 6 to 8 hours. Keep a close eye on the temperature. It needs to incubate at 115 degrees F.   If it gets too hot, it will kill the yogurt cultures.  If it gets too cool, they will not grow.

Warm Water Bath

Warm Water Bath

At first I thought that it might be too hot as the yogurt did not seem to be thickening but then right at 6 hours, it turned to the consistency of a soft pudding.  I removed it from the water bath and split it into smaller jars.   I sweetened one with sugar and added a dollop of vanilla to it.  It tastes wonderful!

The second one I am going to use to make tzatziki dressing. Depending on how it turns out, I will give you the recipe for it tomorrow.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mike // Apr 14, 2009 at 7:03 am

    I love your blog! I would be interested to see where you are located. It’s interesting that one week you had snow and the next you’re plowing the garden!

  • 2 Cindy // Apr 14, 2009 at 7:07 am

    Hi Mike! I’m located in Virginia. The Spring weather is rather unsettled here. One day it might be 90 and the next day 45. It’s been known to snow in April so it just depends on what’s blowing in.

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