What you'll NEED
*Milk (I use 1 gallon skim so it's fat free)
*1/2 Cup of plain yogurt
*2 cup size measuring cup
*Oven with oven light
Now for the fun part!!!
From your one gallon of milk, measure out 1/2 a cup into the measuring cup. Place the rest in a pot and set on medium heat until it boils (small bubbles, don't burn it...trust me the yogurt will not be as yummy with a burnt taste! I know from experience!)
While the milk is warming, add 1/2 a cup of the plain yogurt to the 1/2 cup of milk in the measuring cup. Set aside for now. No need to refridgerate.
Once the milk has boiled, let it cool until it reaches about 100-105 degrees F
Once it's reached the above temperature dump the milk yogurt mixture into the milk pot and stir. Add the pot lid and wrap the table cloth all around it!
Place in oven with the oben light on and wait...for 18 hours, yes I said 18!
I try to make my yogurt around lunch time so that by the next morning it's ready to be strained!
Once the 18 hours are up, you have yogurt! I'm not a thin yogurt kinda girl, it actually grosses me out to thnk about eatting it...so I strain!
I fold my cheese cloth so that it's 4 layers thick and place it in my collinder. I then carefully dump the yogurt into the strainer and then carefully place the whole thing in a large bowl. I let it drain for about 5 hours...dumping the juices every once in a while.
Now I say I drain mine for 5 hours, but really I only drain it until I have the desired thickness, so it could be two for you!
You can now eat your yummy yogurt! I usually just add chopped fruit on top and I'm golden, but you can put it in a blender and make it flavored yogurt!
With skim milk, one gallon will make me about 2 lbs of THICK, DELIIOUS yogurt!
Make sure to save about 1/2 a cup of your newly made yogurt to start a new batch!
I have found from experience that the higher the fat content he more yogurt you will get from a gallon. I made it with 2% milk once and got almost 4lbs of yogurt...more bang for your buck, but a little more fat, depends on who you're feeding it to I guess!
Thanks for stopping by! Please let me know if you have any questions!
Enjoy your kitchen!