Thursday, September 17, 2009
Make yourself some Yogurt!!
First you are going to need a goat.....what's that? Don't have a goat?!? Well for pete sake! You'd better remedy that little detail right now! Well I suppose you could use boughten milk....if you must!
Not pictured in the supplies but very very important for yogurt making is of course milk. The other supplies pictured are a wide mouth quart jar that is nice and clean, your yogurt starter, and a heating pad.
After milking your goat bring your milk in the house and strain it into that wide mouth quart jar that you see sitting on the table there. Then take yourself a couple big ole tablespoons of that plain yogurt. That is your starter. After you get your own yogurt going you can just feed that to the neighbors or something cause you aren't gonna need it any more! Put the couple tablespoons of yogurt in your jar of milk and stir well. If you don't stir it you'll have lumpy yogurt!
Ok.........whew, that was exhausting wasn't it? As soon as you've rested up sufficiently, screw the lid on the jar. Now you are ready for the next step.......
Put your jar on top of that heating pad and pull it up around the jar. Fasten about three rubber bands around it to hold it up there. Plug the heating pad in and turn it on high. Now just walk off and forget about it for 12 hours or so. I know I know you are probably so worn out right now that you need a nap. It's ok, go ahead and take one, your yogurt will make itself!
After the 12 hours are up, test your yogurt by sticking a clean butter knife down the center. If it breaks away from the knife it's sufficiently "yogurty" and is ready to put in the refrigerator. If not, let er go for a couple more hours. If after 14 hours it doesn't break then something went wrong, but I've never had that happen! Now put it in the fridge and the next morning fix yourself up a bowl of this..........
psssss......if you are cursed without a goat and are using store bought milk, you must heat the milk up to around 90 degrees before proceeding with the rest of the steps! (I guess anyway, I've never made it with store milk ;) Also, you can keep your yogurt going for a long time by just using it for a starter. If it ever fails to "yogurt" then just go back to the store and get you some plain yogurt to use as your starter again!
Til next time.........GOD BLESS FROM GOODWIFE FARM!