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Make your own yogurt at home

Posted on: August 26, 2008


Why buy yogurt every time from the superstores when you can make the same at home? It is cost effective and healthier as well. It is a very simple process and the most non complicated procedure using the most simple of equipments is given here:

1. Take 2 cups of milk and microwave it for about 5-6 minutes. You can use any kind of milk – 1%, 2% or whole milk. The thickness of the yogurt varies with the milk used. Just when the milk begins to boil, take it out. You can note the time and time it precisely the next time.

2. Allow the milk to cool a little. Store it at room temperature for around 40-45 minutes until it is lukewarm. You can test by dipping your finger into it just a bit. This is the main step. If the milk is too hot, the curd will get ruined and if it is too cold, it might not facilitate the growth of the bacteria.(Don’t panic at the use of the word bacteria! It is nothing harmful. They are the ones which will turn your milk into yogurt)

3. Once it is lukewarm, take one cup of plain unflavored yogurt. This is the starter. When you are doing it for the first time, you can use the yogurt from the store. From the next time, you can use yogurt left over from the previous batch.

4. Add the yogurt to the milk and mix it well.

5. Meanwhile, preheat the oven for 2-3 minutes and switch it off.

6. Keep the milk-curd mixture in the oven for 4-5 hours. This is the normal amount of time taken for the curd to set. Leaving it in the preheated oven quickens the process.

7. You can check whether it is done by just looking at it. If you still feel it is still milk, leave it there for some more time. But if it has thickened, take it out of the oven and refrigerate it. Once the curd has formed, leaving it out without refrigerating it will make it sour.

Lo! The yogurt is ready! Enjoy it and don’t forget to save some for the next batch!

PS: The quantity mentioned here will last for two people for two days. Do not be baffled by the number of steps the first time. Believe me, it is very simple. And once you get used to it, you will never feel like buying yogurt from the stores again!

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