Yogurt is a big seller among families. It is delicious for breakfasts and snacks and kids generally give it their stamp of approval. Moms wanting to make meals a bit healthier may get clever by adding some yogurt to the morning granola or offering fruit and yogurt dipping sauce for a snack. Yogurt has live cultures that help with immunity and good digestion and for centuries it has long been held as a staple of a good, healthy diet.
Nowadays it is quite easy to add yogurt to the menu because it is readily available in stores. It is not even hard to find yogurt made with organic milk. You may find though that good quality yogurt can be pricey if you eat it often. Lucky for us though, yogurt is quite easy to make in your own home.
To get started many opt to purchase a yogurt maker online or at a local cookware store. These units hold 6 pint sized cups that keep the yogurt mixture at a consistent warm temperature so that the live cultures in the yogurt can multiply.
To make a new batch of yogurt you will need a yogurt starter. This can come in powdered form or you can simply use a ½ cup of store bought yogurt. After your yogurt is finished remember to reserve some for the next batch.
Begin by heating up 8 cups of milk to 112-114 degrees. Anything hotter than that will kill your live cultures. Stir in your starter and mix well. Pour the mixture evenly into each cup of your maker and let sit for 8 to 12 hours.
Flavored yogurts can be made by adding fresh fruit and you can sweeten it up by adding honey, rapadura, or brown rice syrup. Yogurt is also excellent for smoothies and for incorporating into regular meals like waffles or pancakes.