The store brand: Stoneyfield Farm Plain Yogurt
Half gallon of whole milk (8 cups) - do not use ultra pasteurized
1/2 cup store-bought natural yogurt - use this as a starter, then you will use your own yogurt next time
Fresh fruit and honey to make it delicious
(I chose the crockpot method, which takes a while, but is easy - there are other methods)
- Cover and cook entire half gallon of milk on low for 2 1/2 hours.
- Unplug your crockpot. Leave the cover on, and let it sit for 3 hours.
Yeah, I know, that picture is uninteresting...
- After three hours, scoop out 2 cups of the warmish milk and put it in a bowl. Whisk in 1/2 cup of store-bought live/active culture yogurt. Then dump the bowl contents back into the crockpot. Stir to combine.
- Put the lid back on your crockpot. Keep it unplugged, and wrap a heavy bath towel all the way around the crock for insulation.
- Go to bed, or let it sit for 8 hours.
- In the morning, the yogurt will have thickened.
- Blend in batches with your favorite fruit - I like to add in a small dice of strawberries and bananas.
- Chill in a plastic container in the refrigerator. Your fresh yogurt will last 7-10 days. Save 1/2 cup as a starter to make a new batch.
So the recipe sounds all good and easy, but it wasn't. When I woke up I ran to the kitchen like HEY I'M GOING TO EAT MY VERY OWN YOGURT!!!! (!!). But it was really thin and runny, though it did taste like yogurt. I turned the crockpot back to keep warm setting and let it sit for about 8 more hours. It thickened slightly and I let it strain through a cheesecloth for a while (warning: don't squeeze the cheesecloth... all the yogurt will just go through it).
At this point I let the yogurt refrigerate, where it actually did thicken a little. So my yogurt's on the left:
|Stonyfield Farm Organic Plain||32 oz||$ 3.75||$ 0.12|
|Homemade||8 cups||$ 3.19||$ 0.05|
|Homemade with Fruit/Honey||8 cups||$ 5.19||$ 0.08|
So, it costs less, but took a really long time. In the end, I did not really like the homemade yogurt - it was just too thin. I ended up making frozen yogurt from it (PUMPKIN FROZEN YOGURT!), which was very delicious. To be fair, my husband liked the homemade yogurt much more. But if I had to choose, which this blog is my opinion...
Bake or Buy? BUY!