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3 ladybugs 02-20-2013 07:20 AM

I need an idiot proof way to make yogurt.
 
I want to make raw milk yogurt and I don't have a yogurt maker or a dehydrator that I can put jars into. I have tried to do it in my crock pot but I have had mixed results.

So how do you do it? My oncologist told me to try putting it in the oven but I am not sure how that works. :headscratch:

s2grace 02-20-2013 05:33 PM

Google it. I did it on mt stove and it worked great!

DottieHarley 02-20-2013 06:43 PM

I make mine using the stovetop/oven with great results.

Set the oven to preheat to the lowest setting you possibly can. Get out an individual carton of plain yogurt. eat half :-) put the other half in a bowl.
Dump milk in an ovenproof saucepan or pot and heat to 190 F, stirring. Once it reaches temp turn the oven OFF (still nothing in it) and move the milk off the burner. Stirring frequently, get it down to 110-115 F.
Once its cooled, put a small amount of milk in with the yogurt and stir gently - do not whisk. Then put the whole thing back in with the milk and stir. Put a lid on and put it in the (off) oven overnight. I leave the oven light on, it is supposed to add a tiny bit of heat but mostly it reminds me that there is yogurt in the oven! You may need to play with the timing of heating the oven etc, it may not even be really necessary if the house is warm, but I always do it.

Bhavana 02-21-2013 02:09 PM

Re: I need an idiot proof way to make yogurt.
 
Tooting my own horn but here it is.

http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/....php?t=1448696

3 ladybugs 02-21-2013 03:36 PM

Re: I need an idiot proof way to make yogurt.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Bhavana (Post 16316357)
Tooting my own horn but here it is.

http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/....php?t=1448696

That is a great tute but I want to make raw milk yogurt if I make it. For that I am told you can't go over 110 degrees and have it still be raw. DS is a bit allergic, we think, to pasteurized milk.

Would your method still work with raw milk yogurt?

BTW my oncologist is indian and she was the one that told me to just put it in the oven. :goodvibes:

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Bhavana 02-21-2013 11:00 PM

Re: I need an idiot proof way to make yogurt.
 
You can definitely make yogurt out of raw milk.

Only, you have to ensure that the milk is at room temp before you add the culture. However, dont leave it out without adding the starter for too long. (like you keep it out of the fridge for more than 4h) It will go bad since it already has lactobacilli/not heated to kill them.

It goes with the theory that the starter culture microbes need warmth to propagate and ferment the milk.

So, Im thinking just lukewarm on the stovetop? In summer, you may not need to even slightly heat it. Your raw milk might ferment faster/ not need overnighting, since it is already laden with the good microbes. Actually, if I'd access to clean raw milk, I would've not heated it too.

FWIW, pasteurization is different from just boiling it at home. While yes, both of them do kill microbes, pasteurization involves high heat boiling & immediate cooling of the milk to extend its shelf life.

3 ladybugs 02-22-2013 07:28 AM

Re: I need an idiot proof way to make yogurt.
 
Raw milk turns into clabboard milk if it left out too long. I have done it. :blush: However that is still consumable. :) And I routinely leave out yogurt to make yogurt cheese with whey.

Hmm... I may have to try just bringing the milk to room temperature or slightly above. My house is normally about 72 and the kitchen is cooler because it is a european style kitchen (not open). I am getting my raw milk tomorrow and I am also getting yogurt along with it (not raw... that is illegal in PA, just the milk is legal). So I will have to play around with it this week and see what happens. I will post back after I do it. :goodvibes:

Bhavana 02-22-2013 10:52 PM

Re: I need an idiot proof way to make yogurt.
 
Will be waiting up

BNC 02-22-2013 11:50 PM

Re: I need an idiot proof way to make yogurt.
 
Me too...I have 3 gallons of raw milk in the fridge and I want to make yogurt! I would think heating it very slightly to around 100 degrees would be perfect..then following the other instructions to swirl in the yogurt and let it sit.

Bhavana 02-23-2013 11:52 PM

Re: I need an idiot proof way to make yogurt.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 3 ladybugs (Post 16318989)
Raw milk turns into clabboard milk if it left out too long. I have done it. :blush: However that is still consumable. :) And I routinely leave out yogurt to make yogurt cheese with whey.

You could make sour cream with clabbered milk.

raisingcropsandbabies 03-06-2013 01:14 PM

Re: I need an idiot proof way to make yogurt.
 
http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/20...hooting-guide/

good success with hers

Bhavana 03-07-2013 01:16 AM

Re: I need an idiot proof way to make yogurt.
 
So what happened OP? Were you successful?

3 ladybugs 04-07-2013 06:15 AM

Re: I need an idiot proof way to make yogurt.
 
Update:

I finally was able to make my own yogurt on Thursday night. My thermometer was a bit haywire though so by the time I realized that it wasn't working my milk was 120 degrees instead of 110. I let it cool down to about 115 but at that point I had to go to bed and figured since I was putting cold starter yogurt in it, it wouldn't be THAT bad. Next time I will just use my non-digital candy thermometer.

I then put it in a 2 quart (roughly) casserole dish. This seemed to work out well. I covered it and just put it in my oven with the oven light on. Then I prayed for the best.

The next morning I checked on it and it seemed like yogurt to me, but DH thought it needed to get a bit thicker. So I left it in for about 14 hours in total before moving it to the fridge. Raw milk yogurt is thinner then pasteurized yogurt so I expect some runny-ness.

All told it worked out great and I can't wait to do it again. I have yogurt cheese hanging right now from it and I am getting lots of whey! We also had muesli for breakfast the last 2 days! :)

Bhavana 04-10-2013 04:40 PM

Re: I need an idiot proof way to make yogurt.
 
Didnt read this update...wonderful! Glad you found the easy way of making raw milk yogurt.

The runniness is due to the water part of the milk separating. During pasteurizn AND AFTER (while it is still steaming) the water has a chance to boil off away. Since this is raw..yeah, runny yogurt.

3 ladybugs 04-11-2013 07:22 AM

Re: I need an idiot proof way to make yogurt.
 
Thank you so much for your help! I have made this again and it was just as good! Now I have my mom looking to make her own yogurt. She wants it thicker (like greek style) so I told her she will have to let it steam off a bit. I think she might try it. :)


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