Another project I've wanted to do forever and finally have time to do!! The kids were especially excited but we all love yogurt here! *updated 6-10 for adding sweetness!
Cost: I was paying 3.50 for a quart of yogurt at the grocery store. This recipe makes 4 quarts. The milk is about 2.50 a gallon and then I bought a small yogurt for starter that was .45. Total of 2.95 or 74 cents a quart! Frugally fantastic!
I followed the recipe here :)
I threw my four quart jars, lids and bands into the dishwasher then put the full gallon of whole milk into a pan to heat. I did stir fairly often to be sure it wouldn't stick, burn or develop the film on top.
When it got to temperature(185-195F) I put it into the sink with coolish water...I changed the water a few times with coolish again. My pot came with a warning that changing temperatures quickly can cause the bottom to separate and liquify...ack.
Once that got down to 120 degrees I added the 6 ounce container of yogurt with live cultures(I used Yoplait vanilla) and whisked it all together well. *The third time I made this I waited until I had two quarts left and I added a bit over 1/2 cup of sugar and whisked until it was blended then continued as usual hoping it wouldn't be runny. It turned out just as thick and perfect as ever!
I skimmed the bubbles off with a spoon then poured into the four jars, added caps and bands then put into the cooler with a gallon of water(120 degrees).
Three hours later I came back and moved them to the fridge.
Waited overnight and it was thick and awesome!!!