That's some good stuff. I make it in a quart canning jar, just fill up the jar with whole milk, microwave (it needs to hit around 180 degrees, that takes 4 minutes in my microwave). Let it cool till it's lukewarm (around 95-100 def F), add in a spoonful of yogurt, stir, loosely cap, and stick it in the oven with the light on (my oven holds around 98 degrees). I let it set 12-16 hours because I like it firm you er and tangier.
If you use too much starter yogurt it can make it too thin, so if you have that problem don't worry, just add a little less next time and see if that fixes it.
If you have some that just stays thin and runny, no problem, you have cultured buttermilk! You can also mix a spoonful or two of yogurt into a cup of milk to make a buttermilk substitute.
If you let it sit till it's nice and tangy and drain off the whey you end up with a thick greek style yogurt. I use it instead of sour cream - similar taste, probably healthier.
If you want to try fermented pickles save the whey, you can add a little to your pickle jar to help jump-start the fermentation. It's lacto-fermentation (bacteria based) so it makes acetic acid, not alcohol, btw. Check out this blog for a start on fermented pickles (his politics may not be your cup of tea, but the guy knows good food): http://www.wildfermentation.com/fermentation-blog/
Last edited by woodsmith; 11-12-2012 at 02:08 AM.
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This seems great. I eat lots of yogurt. I should post up recipes later.
Thanks for all this info. Think we have a spammer up in the thread.
Oh see he is gone now, good!
Last edited by solar geek; 11-12-2012 at 02:02 PM.
I'm with woodsmith on the firm+tangy goodness.
My memory of the processes is:
Originally Posted by woodsmith
lactobacteria + sugars = lactic acid
yeast + sugars = alcohol; and then
acetobacteria + alcohol = acetic acid (vinegar)
Or you can use the whey to "start" a good fermented hot sauce!
Originally Posted by fratermus
I do not throw out the whey. I either mix it back in. It is more runny but that does not bother me.
Or I pour it off and drink it. After all body builders use powdered whey protien.
When the kids were home we used to make it by the gallon twice a week. We like yogurt.
When we made it we used powdered milk which makes it fat free. Don't get me wrong, I like fat, but the fat free is an option.
We mixed all kinds of nuts, fruits, and even some breakfast cereals in it. (Not all at the same time LOL) Better than milk for cereal.
Alas, we purchased a gas stove without a pilot light and no longer make it. I need to make a proofing box and start again.
By the way, the experts claim if you eat yogurt every day you will never have Gastro Intestinal problems. I don't know about that, but it sure taste good.