*Makes about 3 Cups Yogurt
3 Cups Milk (1% is what I usually use, but you can use whatever you’d like)
2 Tbsp. Plain Yogurt starter (see Note Below)
*Note: Your yogurt starter can be from your previous batch of yogurt or you can buy plain yogurt in the store to use. Make sure the yogurt has active cultures. If it’s yogurt from a previous batch, make sure you it’s been less than a week since you’ve made the previous batch so that the cultures are still alive and active.
In heavy saucepan bring 3 cups of milk to a boil. Boil gently for about 5 mins. This kills all the bad bacteria in the milk so you can culture only the good yogurt bacteria. Don't worry if the bottom of the pans scalds a little. Just make sure that you don't scrape the bottom when you take it out of the pan or you'll have some nasty black flakey things in your yogurt and nobody likes to eat things with nasty black flakey things in it. Cool pan of milk about 5 mins or until milk is still warm, but you can touch the bottom of the pan without burning your hands.
Heat up your oven to warm just until you can feel a little heat. YOU DO NOT WANT IT VERY HOT or it will kill your yogurt bacteria and you will end up with just milk - or sour milk...
When pan of milk is cool put it in a glass quart jar and put in 2 Tbsp. of plain yogurt. Mix it really good, put the lid on and then put it in your warm oven. I usually keep my oven light on while I'm culturing the yogurt just to give it a little more warmth.
Make sure you put a sign on your oven so you don't forget and turn your oven on while your yogurt is inside…yep. Been there, done that. Culture for about 6-10 hours. The exact time will take some experimenting because it depends on how sour you like it, what temperature your oven is, and more. For me I’ve found that 6 hours is just about right. This homemade yogurt will be runnier than yogurt you buy out of the store. If you want it thicker you can pour it through cheesecloth and let it drip out some of the whey.
Recipe Source: healthyfamilycookin.blogspot.com
Here's a really yummy, naturally sweetened smoothie you can make with this yogurt:
2 C. plain yogurt
1 ripe banana
1/2-3/4 C. frozen fruit
Blend up and enjoy!