As part of my work as a David Suzuki’s Queen of Green 2014 Coach, I’m getting back in the saddle and making my own yogurt (some times). The benefits of making your own yogurt are two-fold: it’s cheaper, and it means less plastic waste.
At Costco, 2L of organic milk is about $5, and 750 g of organic yogurt is usually between $4-$5. Five dollars worth of milk gives you 2 L of organic yogurt!
I bought Yogourmet yogurt starter for a couple bucks, and now I can continue making yogurt by using a bit of the old yogurt to create a new batch.
I make my yogurt with no special tools:
- milk, or even cream for a nice Mediterranean-style yogurt;
- sauce pan;
- large mason jars (Don’t have any? Check Value Village!);
- large measuring cup or bowl to cool the heated milk;
- a small cup or container to mix a bit of starter with a bit of milk;
- towels, tea cozy or Bodum cozy to keep jars warm.
To find out the exact steps to make yogurt using a yogurt starter, check these instructions from Yogourmet. I follow the proportions on this site when starting a new batch from a previous batch of yogurt.
My no-frills method goes like this:
1- Heat milk in a sauce pan to 180F. Stir often so it doesn’t burn and stick the the bottom of the pan. At the same time, warm up your oven. I set it to 350F and when it reaches that temperature, I turn it off.
2- Pour heated milk into another container (a large measuring cup, a metal bowl) to help the milk cool down quicker… I sometimes sit one metal bowl in another bowl with cold water and ice cubes if I’m in a hurry;
3- Mix the right amount of starter for the quantity of milk used with a bit of the cooled milk, then mix it all together;
4 – Put the mixture in your jar(s) and wrap up the jars to keep them warm. I use my Bodum cozy if I just have one jar. For multiple jars I bundle towels around them.
5- Place your bundled jars in the pre-heated (but turned off) oven. If you can’t put them in the oven, another way to keep your jars warm is to bundle them well and put them in an insulated cooler… I did this once and even tossed in my microwavable rice bag for some extra heat.
6- After about 6-ish hours, your yogurt should look yogurt-y. Put it in the fridge!
You can flavour with fruit, honey or maple syrup. Of course, top with homemade granola!